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Much fraud against elderly is preventable

Claude Paquin's picture

All of us, and I mean absolutely all of us, are the potential victims of criminal activity, including fraud. That does not mean we should be neurotic about it, but we certainly should be vigilant.

Many of us are more vulnerable than others, and thus more attractive targets. That would include the young and many of the old, especially those with diminished mental capacity, often labeled with the Latin term of dementia. Read More»

What happened last week

Thomas Sowell's picture

Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead?

The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Read More»

MLK, Jr. at the Berlin Wall

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Washington Post.]

When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we don’t think of King. Yet, 50 years ago, the civil rights icon delivered historic remarks on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Read More»

Out of control

Ronda Rich's picture

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

“Listen, I’ve got to tell you something,” she began. “And this is confidential. Do not tell anyone.” Meaning, particularly, “do not write this in the paper.” Which, of course, I would never do.

“Okay.” I stopped what I was doing in the kitchen so I could listen carefully. “What’s wrong?”

She took a deep breath. “I’m out of control. Seriously. I am out of control.”

I rolled my eyes. Read More»

All for one

Carolyn Cary's picture

There was a discussion at the Fayetteville City Hall recently as to whether the city fire department should remain a part of the city, or join with the county fire department.

Many people in authority spoke at that time and various charts were shown. The possible savings were expressed, but there was one side not available on charts.

The opinion of the firemen could only be expressed in person. And they did. Read More»

Baby it’s cold outside

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Each week you can safely read this column and be assured that the topic will not be political, and there’s a good reason.

Politics just isn’t funny. (Some politicians are, but politics just isn’t). So now that the elections are finally over, we all can concentrate on something that’s really important.

Yep, I’m going to dive right into the middle of the global warming debate. It’s not being political, and it’s not really a debate. You see, for me, it’s been decided. There ain’t such a thing. I’ll explain. Read More»

Thank a veteran

David Epps's picture

Veterans Day is just a few days away. While Memorial Day calls to remembrance the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who died in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all military veterans. A generation or two past, to be a veteran was a thing expected. Read More»

A movie every American ought to see

Terry Garlock's picture

Once in a while there emerges from the Hollywood production line of drivel a film noteworthy and deserving special attention. The currently playing “Fury” is a story of an American tank crew spearheading through Germany late in WWII.

Every American should see this movie, especially the academic boobs in the White House who never served in the military but now make decisions like waging a half-way, sort-of-semi-war against ISIS and sending our troops to fight Ebola in Africa, two misguided uses of our armed forces. Read More»

Africa’s tragedy

Walter Williams's picture

Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”

More than a decade has passed since that assessment, and little has changed to suggest a more optimistic outlook. Now Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations. Read More»

Race card? Dems play whole deck

Cal Thomas's picture

Forget the race “card.” In this election, Democrats have been playing the entire race “deck.”

The Wall Street Journal has listed some of the more outrageous ads and flyers designed to frighten African-Americans into believing that all opposition to President Obama’s policies and to the Democratic Party is a sign that lynch mobs may soon return.

The milder stuff includes a letter to black voters from the Democratic National Committee appealing for racial solidarity. Imagine the response if Republicans asked for racial solidarity from white people. Read More»

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