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  • KNISELY: Be careful what you wish for I work with a bunch of smart-alecks.I’m not even going to try to sugar-coat that. Telling it like it is today, folks!I took a week off and returned to an office full of their smart-aleckness. Yes, I just made that word up. As an editor, I feel I’m en

    July 6, 2014

  • WOLFSIE: Memory of Mum Mum lives on If my grandmother were alive today, she would be 125, and she would still, no doubt, be walking around in her 6-inch-high heels, the ones she asked to be buried in — and she’d have a Marlboro in her fingers. She demanded to be called Mum Mum because

    July 4, 2014

  • Designing healthier new food products Today’s snack food aisle in the grocery store contains a lot more products than when I was a kid. Back then, we mainly had potato chips and saltines, but not much more. Now there’s a multitude of choices designed to help you satisfy your cravings for

    July 4, 2014

  • WILLIAMS: Judging no way to live Back in the day, I sometimes had people ask me what I would say if my son brought home a black girl, saying he wanted to marry her? Usually it was said jeeringly — “Talking about racial equality is all well and good but what if it happened in your fa

    July 3, 2014

  • creditor CREDITOR: A Jewish perspective on taxes and poverty Here are two related statistics, both of which may surprise you: 1) More than 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, and 2) Every year, poor countries lose more money to tax avoidance than they receive in aid.Here is something t

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • KITCHELL: Freedom, like sausage-making, not a pretty process How fragile something is that Americans take for granted every day.Freedom. Independence. The right to do what we want, where we want, as long as we want, as much as we want — until we don’t want it anymore.We argue about our rights and how far those

    July 2, 2014

  • MARCUS: A new ranking of the states The same day Gov. Pence held his tax circus (conference) last week, CNBC (the cable business channel) released its ranking of “America’s Top States for Business.” These rankings compare the states on 56 measures of competitiveness grouped into ten br

    July 1, 2014

  • VILLAGE IDIOT: What's wrong with soccer anyway? Have you been watching the World Cup? I have, even though I don’t know the rules, or if there are any — beside the obvious one that you can’t use your hands, except when you can use your hands. But mostly it seems you can’t. That seems to be a pretty

    July 1, 2014

  • Despite friends' efforts I still forget things The other night, my friend Sherri called my cell phone to remind me that I was suppose to be in her backyard sitting on comfy lawn chairs with the rest of our friends.“Hello to you,” she zealously announced. “It is I (mimicking what I say when identi

    June 28, 2014

  • LYONS: Crisis in Iraq inspires Chicken Little talk Here’s an amazing fact that most of the Chicken Little rhetoric about the crisis in Iraq fails to take into account: The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIL insurgents because two divisions of Iraq’s army (30,000 soldiers) shed their

    June 23, 2014

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