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Giving comfort to the most essential workers during difficult time

In the face of this unprecedented global pandemic, new phrases like “social distancing” and “flatten the curve” have quickly entered our American lexicon. But as government officials, business owners and front-line personnel around the world grapple with challenges we never could have ...

Relish the opportunity to stay at home

Stay home! That seems easy enough. Goodness knows that at many workplaces in America, you hear all too often how your coworkers just want to go home. Now that so many Americans have the perfect opportunity to spend time at home with their families, it seems that many of them would rather be ...

Do something more positive today

Last week was a struggle. In life, I have experienced losses, failures and challenges. This feeling was different. It was more like depression. It is an unusual emotion for me. The last time I experienced it was in November after my injury. I was in the hospital stuck in bed because I ...

Theft of U.S. research must be stopped

The United States is home to the best universities and research institutes in the world. The work being done in labs and classrooms across the country facilitates life-saving medical advances, bolsters our national security and profoundly changes the way we live. Our research enterprise has ...

Changing times and things you can count on

Last week was a doozie. Seven days ago, we were just hearing that the novel coronavirus was starting to spread through the United States from the initial pockets of infection on the coasts. Already, it has arrived here in Belmont County. During the days in between, we saw our colleges and ...

A time for truth — weathering crisis together

Thursday evening, I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. For me it was an honor. Back in the days when I spent a lot of time in the field, I listened to Jim’s show late at night while traveling. He kept me awake. On Thursday we discussed gasoline prices, ...

Bargaining with the devil in Afghanistan

President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions. Let’s apply ...

Identity politics doesn’t work here in America

Was being a woman Elizabeth Warren’s problem? That’s the wrong question. Was playing the protector of all damsels from that infamous rake, Mike Bloomberg, her problem? It was one of them, for certain. Look what’s happening in the world. Warren was a candidate of ideas with ...

Robert Durst: Is he America’s wealthiest serial killer?

The strange little man currently on trial for a 2000 murder in Los Angles admits he has killed before. He is now charged with putting a 9-millimeter bullet into the head of his longtime friend, Susan Berman. In 2001 in Texas, this man admitted he shot his aggressive next-door neighbor in ...

Spring is in the air and signs are everywhere

It’s here! Oh, all right. I know it isn’t really — officially — here, if you want to believe what the calendar tells you. But, I still feellike spring has arrived. The signs of the season are everywhere, after all. Daffodils and hyacinths are sprouting through the soil in my flower ...

Through it all, the show must go on!

Coronavirus is impacting all sorts of business Last weekend when I was in Houston for our National Speakers Association Winter Conference, one of the topics discussed was the coronavirus. For professional speakers, it is a big concern since speaking at conventions or conferences is a major ...

Remember that we’re all in this together

There is a disease going around, and I’m not talking only about the coronavirus. It’s a political disease, and it seems to be spreading, especially among certain politicians who are looking for yet another way to expel President Trump from office. Last week on the ABC program “The ...

The perils of mass transit — gridlock and cost

Why in the world is the federal government continuing to pour tens of billions of taxpayer dollars into little-used mass transit rail projects? In a digital age with increasingly popular and affordable door-to-door ride-sharing apps, universal use of cars by all income groups and the ...

Pennsylvania centrists flirt with Dems, party rebuffs them

There is a battle going on here within the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, a formidable force of centrist, conservative and liberal Democrats whose backgrounds range from union halls to businessmen and women. A key figure in the battle is committeewoman Heather Kass, who is running for ...

Can’t win, Dems? Then blame the Russians

The Russians are like the devil. Each gets blamed (or credited) with more than they are responsible for. Intelligence officials recently went to Capitol Hill where, according to The Hill, “they briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the presidential race in an ...

For $2,000, I’ll water your indoor houseplants

By froma harrop Creators Syndicate I know this is an outlier story. It’s about Brooklyn brownstone couples who pay over $2,000 for professionals to choose and care for their houseplants. Houseplant designing is a service being offered to the urban and suburban gentry. One such “Plant ...

Report rape immediately, urges non-celebrity victim

The verdict in the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes case was described as both a disappointment and a victory. Some court watchers felt the shamed movie mogul should have been found guilty on all counts. Others said the decision ushered in a new era for survivors of sexual assault and tamped ...

Mounting an effective American coronavirus response

The White House has been walking into a coronavirus trap. By pooh-poohing worries about the virus and saying everything is under control, it is setting itself up for the charge, if things get even a little bad, that it was self-deluding and overly complacent. It will be accused of making ...

Bernie Sanders just may be unstoppable

Can we acknowledge no real conservative would vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders over President Donald Trump? Voting for a socialist to stop the populist automatically disqualifies you from ever talking about conservatism. You can rationalize it and say that four years of Sanders would be ...

Non-white voters are no longer a solid Democratic bloc

Bernie Sanders’ victories in the inaccurately counted Iowa caucuses, the crisply conducted New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses have made two things clear. One is that the Vermont senator, elected and reelected to Congress as an independent, is on the high road to become the oldest ...