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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 10:50 AM
    “OFFICERS AND CREW of the U.S. Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life.” With that command from Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor, scores of sailors clad in crisp, white uniforms were sent running onto the warship.
    If you missed the commissioning ceremony of the USS Ford July 22, you missed a touching and emotional celebration. The USS Ford is America’s newest, biggest and most powerful supercarrier. It’s the first in a new class. The 100,000-ton nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has already cost taxpayers $13 billion.
    The USS Ford has a
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:48 AM
    WHEN CONGRESSIONAL TAX reform writers realized the challenges they face in balancing the budget, a friend explained the difficulty this way: “When you walk down the middle of the road, you get hit by vehicles going both ways.”
    “There is no way to shrink the federal budget deficit other than by slowing the growth of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security,” said Harvard professor Martin Feldstein who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan.
    President Donald Trump has promised
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:50 AM
    SOME OF US might conclude that the Washington Beltway political scene is a case study for ineptitude, incompetence and futility based on the current performance of our elected leaders. I wonder if the Founding Fathers ever envisioned it being this contentious and dysfunctional? How would you compare America’s current domestic and international challenges to those faced by the governing bodies during the Revolutionary War era, the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression and World War II?
    A lot has changed since then. Fueling the discord is the pervasive 
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:49 AM
    THERE’S A GROWING feeling in America and around the world that it’s possible to solve all of our problems. You’ve got to love the optimism and confidence. Don’t tell our innovators and creative minds that something can’t be done.
    As a result, the next 10 years are going to be incredibly interesting and disruptive. Our brightest minds might be focused on the wrong goals. What good are material things if our social communities are filled with hatred and inequality?
    Do we really think we can solve all of our future problems? Of course not. The problem is, solving one problem often exposes or creates
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:10 AM
    HAVE YOU GIVEN the idea of “universal basic income” (UBI) any thought? It’s one of those wild and crazy ideas that defies common sense, but gets our attention because visionaries like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Robert Reich and Sam Altman have said the time may come.
    It’s one of those far-fetched, outside-the-box ideas. The idea scares sensible people because no one has any idea how it would be paid for. But these brilliant people don’t let other people tell them something isn’t possible.
    Altman, who runs the start-up incubator Y Combinator, said 
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:22 AM
    THIS COLUMN DOES not question President Donald Trump’s right to tweet. If the president believes tweeting is the new-age lifeline to his supporters, that’s fine. But if his tweets are deemed distracting and beneath the dignity of the office, they might be eroding our public trust at home and abroad.
    No one would begrudge Trump if he used the twitter platform in a positive way. The concern is that he can’t seem to control his urge to tweet hurtful missives with the intent to 
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 11:10 AM
    AS A SYMBOL of American freedom and independence, the Statue of Liberty ranks second only to the flag. For 131 years, she has stood at the entrance to New York Harbor, a welcoming beacon of hope to millions of immigrants arriving from the Old World.
    We might wonder if that perception has changed in the last two decades, as more and more immigrants are coming from other parts of the world, not from Europe.
    In  
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:11 AM
    WHEN IT COMES to raising smart, healthy and well-adjusted children, a thoughtful man once asked his audience “Are you systematically depriving your children and grandchildren of the things that made you who you are?”
    Successful people have learned valuable lessons from the experiences and values that got them where they are, and they may be making a mistake if they are not taking the time to pass those life lessons on to their children and grandchildren.
    People who have achieved any measure of success in life might be
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:34 AM
    SOMEONE ONCE SAID “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point . . . the glass is refillable. Happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. So always think happy thoughts.”
    A longtime friend of mine, Arnold DeLuca, recently asked me “Do you ever have feelings of inadequacy? Have you ever suffered from shyness? Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?” I answered “Not until now.”
    “Well, if you answered
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:11 AM
    IN DESCRIBING THE dangerous world we live in, a cartoon copywriter recently said “We can now access someone’s most personal, intimate information by hacking their computer, phone and television . . . or we can just check their Facebook page.”
    When it comes to our national security, our most sensitive secrets and the vigilant fight against terrorist plots, the American people would be terrified and rendered speechless if they knew what nefarious behavior is reported to the president on a daily basis.
    Words to this effect have been said on 
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:51 AM
    “It’s time for America to get up. It’s time to regain our sense of unity, decency and purpose. It’s time for us to restart realizing who in God’s name we are . . . but I also want to tell you the corrosive politics and us-against-them populism won’t be permanent. I assure you it’s temporary . . . the American people will not sustain this attitude.”
    This was the message former Vice President Joe Biden gave the graduating seniors at Colby College in Maine May 20.
    Referencing the eight years of the Obama administration and the past election cycle, Biden said the animosity
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:35 AM
    “THE UNITED STATES of America is truly an exceptional country, but it is clear to most citizens that something is wrong and this discontent is holding us back from achieving even greater success,” said Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, in a recent letter to his shareholders.
    The political turmoil in Washington has
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:30 AM
    ATTENTION GRADUATES, DURING your school years did you learn that little things matter? Did anyone tell you to start every day by making your bed? Why? Because when you accomplish one thing early in the day, which sets the tone for the day, you’ll be motivated to achieve more.
    Before you 
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:38 AM
    WHEN IS THE best time to offer financial investing advice for beginners? Is it ever too early? Is it ever too late? Teaching young people or older people the secrets of financial freedom is a lifelong education.
    Lessons are learned at
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:45 AM
    WITH MOTHER’S DAY Sunday, May 14, the question pops up as to why anyone would want to be a mother. The fact is, nothing worthwhile comes easy and maybe that’s the answer. The following comments, author unknown, maybe say it best.
    “Over time you realize your mother is
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10:54 AM
    BEN FRANKLIN MAY have been talking about tax reform when he famously said “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
    One might think tax reform would be
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:17 AM
    IT HAS BEEN said a giving heart will never die. This is appropriate to mention this week because it is National Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Week. More than 123,000 people in the United States are currently on a transplant waiting list. Twenty-one people die every day waiting for organ transplants.
    Last year, more than
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:48 AM
    THE POLITICAL SYSTEM in Washington is broken and if cooler heads don’t step forward pretty soon, we could see our government fall into a constitutional crisis, according to Paul LePage, the controversial, straight-talking Republican governor of Maine.
    Whether we’re talking about
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:30 AM
    THE U.S. IMMIGRATION policy should state that America is a compassionate nation and that we understand the difference between keeping America safe and making America great. Americans should not feel guilty because we want what some refer to as selective immigration.
    What’s wrong with wanting to secure our borders? With secure borders we can
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:13 AM
    WHEN WINSTON CHURCHILL said “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else,” he didn’t anticipate the partisan battle over a troubled healthcare system. There might not be an amicable solution as long as a polarized America isn’t interested in reaching a consensus.
    We seem to be
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:15 AM
    NUMEROUS SURVEYS HAVE shown that a majority of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, is faltering and is in serious trouble. Compounding the problem is the contention that President Donald Trump and the Republicans have no realistic replacement alternative.
    As the debate rages, we realize 
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:20 AM
    I NEVER THOUGHT about it before, but apparently a few oversensitive people are offended by the fact most virtual assistants have female names and voices such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa.
    There are
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:04 AM
    JOHN F. KENNEDY once said “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
    As thoughtful people, we
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:54 AM
    WHEN WILL ALL the discontented American people, Republicans and Democrats, finally accept the fact we are all travelers on this train to the future and no matter who is president or which party has control of Congress we’re in this together.
    It will be a rough and bumpy ride if we don’t find a way to 
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:31 AM
    ONE OF THE really hot topics in Washington, D.C., these days is ethics. But like balanced budgets and common sense, it’s a subject that not many people in the District of Columbia know much about.
    If the golden rule was introduced in Congress, the Republicans in the House would
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:01 AM
    LET’S HAVE A discussion about something we can all agree on: tax reform. That’s a topic ideal for bipartisan harmony and I’m sure we can reach a consensus on what will be fair for everyone.
    President Donald Trump has promised 
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:47 AM
    IT HAS BEEN said if you expect perfection from people, your whole life will be a series of disappointments, grumblings and complaints. Be kind. Remember everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
    If, on the contrary, you pitch your expectations low, taking folks as the inefficient creatures which they are, you are
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:03 PM
    DO YOU THINK a diverse group of Americans could agree on one or two ideals if it searched for a unifying common principle? I’m afraid the answer is no. For millions of people to find solidarity on even one topic seems to be nearly impossible.
    This week, I want to give kudos
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:11 AM
    IT’S HARD TO dispute the fact that America is a deeply-divided nation with a broken government. Like it or not, Donald Trump became our 45th president Jan. 20, with a pledge to shake up the status quo and do all he can to fix the problems encumbering us.
    Yet, millions of his detractors say he is not my president and contend
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:16 PM
    FOR PRESIDENT DONALD Trump and Republican Party leaders on Capitol Hill, could there be a more divisive can of worms to open than to start a new administration with a contentious plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
    Wouldn’t it be more reasonable and unifying for all concerned if the two battling sides agreed to keep the good parts and work to fix the problem areas? Keep in mind, facts and projections are usually debatable.


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