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Nation’s eroding standards erode our civilization

President Trump is having a bad week within a string of bad weeks. David Graham at The Atlantic wonders aloud whether his presidency is “on the verge of collapse.” It’s distressing. More concerning still are the larger trends and what they portend for the country. Consider: Hillary ...

The federal government’s ever-expanding web

A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s ...

Today’s political showcase could be ‘Anger Games’

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to ...

You are wrong about my life

Dear Annie: I have read your advice column off and on for a while and am excited to see you have a Facebook page that you post things to. I’d like your advice, as I have in-laws who have sent me various columns of yours that feature letters from people whose situations they think mirror ...

Where does the weight go when you lose it

DEAR DR. ROACH: When you lose weight through diet and exercise, where does the weight go? — L.A.J. ANSWER: Weight gain and weight loss in the very short term can be related to body fluid, but I think you are really talking about people who have made a long-term loss of, say, 10 pounds. ...

Flight fulfillment

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about all the airlines, from a former airline employee. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I’ve worked as an airline flight attendant for two major airlines over an 11-year period. “We love our passengers, and we strive to make them happy and ...

‘Baumol’s Disease’ a reality in workplace

Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.” It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more elusive as it becomes more urgent. And ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

We’ve come to ‘Animal House’ governance

“But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why that I cannot tell,” said he, “But ‘twas a famous victory.” — Robert Southey “The Battle of Blenheim” (1798) Southey, a pacifist, wrote his anti-war poem long after the 1704 battle for which the ...

It’s past time we debunk the ‘pre-existing’ lie

If you’ve only followed coverage of the Republican health care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort, passed legislation to deny people with pre-existing conditions health insurance. The issue of pre-existing conditions has dominated the ...

Partner thinking of leaving after 36 years

Dear Annie: I have been living with my partner for 36 years. By all outside appearances, he is a very good man. And in many ways, he is. But in the important ways, he is not. Birthdays and special holidays are never acknowledged; he makes snide comments about my weight; he’s never been there ...

Creaks and cracks may be due to arthritis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old man in reasonably good health. About six months ago, I started hearing a cracking noise when I turned my head sideways or up and down. Sometimes it would happen every 15 seconds. No one can hear it but me, which is why I haven’t gone to my family doctor. I ...

The son-in-law’s new woman

Dear Annie: Our only child died of a quickly moving cancer. She left a husband and four teenage children. Less than one year after her death, our son-in-law, “Ben,” was captured by a woman less than 10 years older than our eldest grandchild. This woman, “Meredith,” was married at the ...

AIC target is a moving number

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 72-year-old, otherwise healthy man who was diagnosed about three years ago with Type 2 diabetes. I am on the medication Amaryl (glimepiride), 2 milligrams twice daily. My last A1C was 7.5, and I had a prick test of 140. I don’t know the acceptable ranges for the ...

Should dad get to go to graduation?

Dear Annie: My 17-year-old son will be graduating soon, and the question is: Does Dad get invited? My son’s father moved back to the area in the past year, but they have had contact only about three times, mostly because my son does not answer his dad’s texts or calls. My ex had moved ...

Previous TIA causes apprehension

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had a TIA in July 2016. I had lots of risk factors: morbidly obese, cholesterol of 255, elevated blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes (well-controlled, but still) and heavy drinking. Since then, I have lost weight (from 250 pounds to 205, so far), reduced my cholesterol to 172 ...

Spring renewal, green grass, renovated homes and fun activies

One of those signs of spring I wrote about a few weeks ago has taken on a whole new meaning. As the seasons were just beginning to change, I mentioned that I had seen patches of bright green grass in a few locations. I had mainly spotted that sign of nature's vitality along creek banks and ...

Our Miners Can’t Wait

Seventy years ago, United Mineworkers president John L. Lewis ­ a lifelong Republican who crossed party lines to work with President Roosevelt ­ sat down with the Secretary of Interior, Julius Krug. They struck a deal to end a national strike, and promised health and pension benefits for ...

Thinking About Vice President Pence, Bill O’Reilly

Recently, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners with women other than Karen, and he does not drink ...