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home : columns : guest columns April 22, 2018

Assassination spelled doom for everyone in box
The night of April 14, 1865 proved fateful for Abraham Lincoln, who was mortally wounded by an assassin’s bullet and died the next day. Lesser known is that everyone in the presidential box at Ford’s Theater that night suffered horrific outcomes.
Friday, April 13, 2018


For Trump, a border wall epic fail
Donald Trump promised a lot during his presidential campaign, but the one promise he made most often was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Democrats' votes come from the center
Recent elections give the lie to the notion that America wants fiery liberal activists to run the country -- an idea put forth mainly by fiery liberal activists. It turns out that even Democrats don't necessarily want them.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The teenage demagogues
All you needed to know about student activist David Hogg's speech at the "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., over the weekend was that he affixed a price tag on the microphone to symbolize how much National Rifle Association money Sen. Marco Rubio took for the lives of students in Florida.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Students, don't let the gun lobby wear you down
Only three students were shot at an American school Tuesday. Two of them were hospitalized, and only the 17-year-old gunman died. This made the attack at a southern Maryland high school a fleeting news item. The Austin, Texas, bombings edged it out.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Give me your dreamers
Does anyone know why President Trump loves "Dreamers" -- i.e.: illegal aliens allegedly brought here before the age of 12 (which no federal judge will ever check) by their parents (which no federal judge will ever check), "through no fault of their own" (which no federal judge will ever check)?
Thursday, March 22, 2018

And now there are three
Stormy Daniels is ready for her close-up -- which is to say, her appearance on "60 Minutes."
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Capital Idea: Seize the Oligarchs' Manhattan Penthouses
The poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the English countryside has roused Britons to two truths: Vladimir Putin regards their country as an easy mark, but it's also an extremely pleasant place for his oligarchs to live. Americans, take note.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In 1968, the world turned upside down
Of all the significant events that occurred in the landmark year of tumult and disruption of 1968 -- when the Tet Offensive altered the dynamic of the war in Vietnam, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, when American cities burst into flames, when violence marred the Democratic National Convention -- there were only three uplifting moments.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Secret debate tip for gop
On CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, Lesley Stahl asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the "institutional racism" in school discipline.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Elon Musk's Age of Exploration
Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short "up and down" flights by next year. 
Friday, March 16, 2018

What computers know about us and think they know
The electric company sends me colorful reports on my monthly energy habits. A recent one rated me "above average" in electricity use compared with my supposedly more extravagant neighbors. I'm usually "average."
Thursday, March 15, 2018

The left's Farrakhan problem
"Time's up," the slogan of the Hollywood anti-harassment movement, has a very different meaning for Louis Farrakhan.
Monday, March 12, 2018

Smart Money: Renter takes advantage of landlords' generosity
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Taste Food: You won't regret buying out-of-season tomatoes with this recipe
If you're like me and can't resist buying hothouse grape tomatoes in the middle of the winter -- even when we know better -- this recipe will address any buyer's remorse. It's not the fault of the tomatoes, of course. They do look irresistible, but looks can be deceiving with these plump and oh-so-red tomatoes, which often disappoint in the flavor department when they are out of season.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Smart Money: Index funds can deliver good return
DEAR BRUCE: In your column, you repeatedly advise people of various ages that they have to have some money in the stock market or they will lose out in the long run. You seem to be talking about individual stocks. Are the index funds that follow the Standard and Poor's market just as good as several individual stocks and possibly a little safer? -- Wayne
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taste Food: Faux Pho
Are you a fan of pho? If you've never had it, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup. It consists of a mountain of slurp-worthy rice noodles mingling in an umami-rich soup with meat, such as chicken or beef, or tofu and vegetables. The bonus is the garnishes -- a garden basket of leafy herbs, chiles and sprouts to scatter over the top, with squirts of lime, hot sauce and hoisin for good measure.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Smart Money: Kids should learn early how to save money
DEAR BRUCE: I have three kids: 19, 17 and 14. The trend that I'm seeing with them is that none of them have saved any money for their futures. When they get money they spend it on junk, designer-name stuff because it looks cool or whatever. I wasn't the best example for saving money, but I want to reverse that trend. I am running out of ideas! -- Charles
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Taste Food: Kitchen magic
There were three forlorn parsnips in my refrigerator yesterday, wedged behind a bulbous celery root, buried beneath a floppy pillow of lettuce. Somehow, these lonely roots escaped the chicken dinner I'd made earlier in the week, when I scattered onions, carrots and potatoes around a chicken while it roasted. It was all for the best.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
















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