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Hurricane Sally has just pummeled the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. Though it landed as “only” a Category 2, what made it disastrous was its slow crawl, drowning Gulf of Mexico communities in Book of Genesis-type flooding. Hurricanes these days have slowed down… Read more

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The incident is still so seared in my brain many decades later that it is as if it happened yesterday. I must have been 7 years old when I was sitting next to my blind grandfather at Chipewa Village in Lundazi in Eastern Zambia in Southern Africa. My grandfather had perfect sight and was the… Read more

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of "a life-and-death betrayal of the American people" on Wednesday, after Bob Woodward revealed that Trump was warned in January about the potential deadliness of COVID-19. The president's failure to act, Biden said, wa… Read more

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I suddenly woke up in the pitch darkness. I could hear outside intermittent sounds of tiny snapping twigs getting closer. Fear and anticipation mounted as I could hear my rapid heartbeat in my ears. Something approaching was sounding like huge bellows sucking air in and out. The massive dark… Read more

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What do presidential candidates George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Ross Perot, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney all have in common? On the biggest night each of their political careers, when they — live and on national tel… Read more

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Vicky Osterweil, the author of “In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action,” is getting her 15 minutes of fame thanks to a segment on NPR in which she said some really mind-bogglingly dumb, indefensibly evil and fascinatingly reactionary things. Read more

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Many of us lit candles and prayed that Sweden's approach to the coronavirus would succeed. As the rest of Europe locked down, Sweden stayed mostly open. Its plan was to keep vulnerable people separate while letting the virus infect the others, thus creating herd immunity -- a large proportio… Read more

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“WORK!” Resident Beatnik Maynard G. Krebs, on the 1959-63 TV sitcom, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” would flinch each time he uttered this “foul” word. Maynard was played by the late Bob Denver, later reincarnated as the marooned William “Willy” Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island.” Read more

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Readers of this column know I'm not much for federal intervention in state affairs. Logic tells us the doctrine of states' rights is the way to go, as local elected officials are the ones most in touch with what their citizens need. Read more

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After months of publicity, excitement with anticipation, the time had finally arrived. I wore my special African garb. What was it going to be like? This is when I always appreciate that God must have created my body and soul for such exciting moments. I drove on Interstate 81 North. After 1… Read more

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