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I first saw the U.S. Capitol as a student about five decades ago. For the past 40+ years, it has been part of my professional life – testimony, hearings, meetings, meals, receptions, and crunching numbers.

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After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we should be able to establish a new normal at some point in …

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Without question, 2020 will be remembered as the year of the coronavirus. The public health crisis and resultant economic calamity have had wide ranging implications throughout the whole of society. The encouraging trajectory of the U.S. economy as the year dawned was abruptly reversed, and …

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OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way. 2020 was the year of COVID-19, also known as corona (minus the lime), the plague, the super crud, or, as my dad calls it (and most other contagious illnesses), “the rooty-gootus.” But what else happened in 2020?

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In my previous column, I mentioned my resolution to help others during the New Year. Some readers felt that resolutions were a waste of time, while others felt resolutions are admirable, but not sustainable.

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To say that 2020 has been a rough year is an extreme understatement. The pandemic and actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been disruptive and, in many cases, devastating. Millions have slipped into poverty, are now food insecure or face housing challenges, or are experiencing m…

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Almost a year ago, Robert Hewitt Jr. showed up at my office for his annual visit about all the things we had so much fun discussing. Politics, cars, the arts and our lives.

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Now that we are well into the month of December, my three teenage daughters have provided me with their extensive Christmas lists – both electronic and hard copies – in triplicate. Full of the typical objects of adolescent desires like designer clothing, electronics, jewelry, and luxury vehi…

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I feel inadequate to the task of writing an end-of-the-year column. We innocently walked into 2020 and got smacked in the face by masks, daily death counts and our own impotence in the face of a global pandemic. No one was spared from its impact. We changed our shopping patterns, our educati…

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Many years ago, when I was still a music teacher, I oversaw the process of putting together the annual Christmas/Holiday Concert at the elementary, middle, and high school levels (it was a small district). We performed many of the traditional holiday songs, some non-traditional songs, and so…

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In the late 1980s, when telemarketing was at it is peak, a company called our home during dinner. I picked up the phone and handed it to my dad. This is what we heard him say:

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In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, an author and columnist took the future first lady of the United States to task for calling herself Dr. Jill Biden. In mansplaining terms, he basically said that only someone who has delivered a baby has the “right” to be called doctor, that her…

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The past year has seemingly brought endless challenges, both for the cattle industry and the entire nation. The coronavirus, social unrest and political divisiveness have dominated news headlines for most of the year. For cattle producers, coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions and mar…

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Editor’s note: Dr. Daniel Cano wrote this letter to the staff at Citizens Medical Center last week before the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine. This week, he agreed to share it with our readers.

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I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially b…

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I’ve always taken great pride in the tender care I give to my cellphone. Until recently, I could boast that with all of the various cellular devices I’ve possessed through the years (dating back to the first Motorola bag phone my dad gave me during the Early Iron Age), I’d never once had so …

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Like most industries, retailers are struggling to deal with the pandemic. While it may be a decent year for spending, it looks quite different – with a holiday shopping season the likes of which we have never seen.

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Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore’s school system. What they found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore’s high schools, not a si…

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