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Don’t pardon Snowden

No one will ever accuse President Donald Trump of being overly careful in his exercise of his pardon power. So, it makes sense that advocates of Edward Snowden, the man responsible for the most damaging classified leak in U.S. history, are mounting a last-minute push to get the president who ...

The Miracle on 80th Street

I’ve spent the week in New York, and no visit happens without a trip to Zabar’s, a specialty food store on Broadway and 80th Street. A destination for tourists as well as locals, Zabar’s was less frenetic than you’d expect around the holidays, but still, there were people. Anyhow, when ...

After Trump, what (and who) for GOP?

At the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) delivered a speech following his defeat by Jimmy Carter for the presidential nomination. The speech was boilerplate liberalism. Kennedy criticized Republicans and Ronald Reagan for their ideas, which he said were ...

A Christmas like no other

So, this is Christmas. No travel, and no family or friends outside our secure little bubbles. If we are to take care of one another, this is what we must do, one household at a time. Many packages are arriving later than hoped, and social media is filling with laments from parents worrying ...

The struggle of wills

A lot of Christians who were fine with the idea that President Donald Trump came to power via divine will are now having trouble accepting the same about President-elect Joe Biden. In God’s moral will, he wills us to do certain things and avoid other things. God wills us to avoid sin. We ...

Pence, congressional leaders get COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence became the highest ranking U.S. official to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the shot is safe. He celebrated the milestone as “a medical miracle” that could ...

Curb presidential power with Congress

On Jan. 3, the 117th Congress will convene. It is not clear why. Presidents make war without congressional involvement. They declare “emergencies,” with Congress’ permission, “repurposing” money for projects Congress did not authorize. The Constitution vests in Congress the power ...

The pandemic’s silver linings

Trying to find a silver lining in the pandemic while it’s still raging may be a fool’s errand, but evidence abounds that the curse of the coronavirus has had some positive effects on us, both individually and collectively. While we can hardly believe what’s happened — or that we’re ...

COVID concentrates minds on obesity

Obesity is a major risk factor for those dying from the coronavirus. So strong is that fear among the very overweight that bariatric surgeries have seen a significant jump in demand. Bariatric surgery is a procedure performed on the stomach or intestines that causes weight loss. What’s odd ...

The glory of Trump’s judges

One of President Donald Trump’s foremost achievements has been to erect a formidable obstacle to his own post-election legal challenges. The federal judiciary, now seeded throughout with Trump-nominated judges, has given the back of its hand to pro-Trump election litigation, with Trump ...

Wisdom of Walter Williams

Wisdom is not the same as information, or knowledge. These days, there is more information available to everyone than ever before, thanks to the internet, but also, perhaps at least in part because of the internet, there is less wisdom. The late Walter Williams was full of wisdom, which is one ...

No 2020 voter fraud — Are we sure?

Can we set aside politics for a minute and discuss the last election? Not about who won the presidency but about the election process itself. It was a convoluted mess. First, let’s not simply swallow the idea that the 2020 election “was the most secure in U.S. history.” That was the ...

Let’s talk about tips now

This is the time of year when I try to remind patrons of restaurants and coffee shops to tip generously, in the spirt of the season. I want us to tip well all year long, of course, but December can pack a special wallop of motivation for people whipping out their charge cards in celebration of ...

An Evidence-Based Faith

Let’s take a break from the election. “Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong,” said Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, in A.D. 156 before climbing onto a pyre where Roman authorities would burn him to death. Eyewitnesses reported the local authorities respected ...

Ohio school funds to be reworked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers pushing to pass an overhaul of Ohio’s convoluted school funding system to make it more equitable have come up short during this legislative session, bumping it to the Legislature’s 2021 to-do list. The House approved a bipartisan proposal earlier this ...

Biden ousts Trump: Is that enough?

Polls suggest that a main reason Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the recent election was his opposition to President Donald Trump. Now that he has given Trump his pink slip, what does the Biden presidency bode for the country and the world at large? Up to now, Biden has been widely regarded ...

Trump’s first victim — Truth

The photo looks faked. It’s so heavy-handed. A grinning Australian soldier, his insignia clear as day on his helmet and arm, stands on the Australian flag holding a small, barefoot Afghan child in front of him. He grasps a bloody knife to the child’s throat. The caption reads “Don’t ...

Getting the vaccine is a civic duty

The vaccine that will save us already promises to complicate our lives in countless unfathomable ways. With tens of millions fewer doses available than needed, at least for starters, the notion of a vaccine lottery intrudes upon happier thoughts. Who gets a vaccine? Who doesn’t? Who ...

Memorial Health System cancer patients receive tree donations

Memorial Health System’s Strecker Cancer Center at Belpre Medical Campus, received donations of miniature Christmas trees, courtesy of the friends and family of the late Reverend John Lowther, who was a Strecker patient during his battle with cancer. Veronica Lowther, John’s wife, said the ...

America moves on from Trump

Save this video for the documentaries. It shows Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey certifying his state’s vote for President-elect Joe Biden when his cellphone goes off. The ringtone, “Hail to the Chief,” means President Donald Trump is on the line. Ducey mutes the phone, casually puts it down and ...