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reedy corporations. Greedy doctors. Greedy lawyers. Uninsured people who lead unhealthy lifestyles, or who engage in activities that create messes for everyone else to clean up. Or, sadder, people who are born with genetic predispositions for disease or other medical calamities.

Guide for future cultural explorers

I sometimes do historical research and occasionally come across names or terms that are unknown to me. Recently, for instance, I came across the term “Macpherson Blues.” It took me quite a while to identify. It turned out to be a private 1790s vigilante group that supported the repression imposed on the nation by President John Adams.

Letter to the editor

Another possible VEA policy: Domestic terrorism

When dismay is a front-runner

WASHINGTON — On Jan. 20, 1981, Michael Deaver, a political aide, peered into a bedroom in Blair House, across from the White House, and said to the man still abed, “It’s 8 o’clock. You’re going to be inaugurated as president in a few hours.” From beneath the blankets, Ronald Reagan said, “Do I have to?”

Criticizing Obama either way

WASHINGTON — Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a spirited debate — with himself.


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Dishware resentment important to happy marriage

Dishware selection occurs only a couple of times during the marital journey. The first happens when the couple becomes engaged. Prior to actually walking down the aisle, a couple is required by ancient law to select a pattern for their dishes as well as register for other necessary household items. The advent of department stores in the last century or so significantly lowered the difficulty of this pre-marital task.

Governing is the first story

One of the things I like about the Las Vegas Review Journal website is that its home page provides a distinction between political stories and government stories. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell that journalism accepts such a distinction. Reporters constantly miss important policy stories in order to find less important political angles on those same stories.

Think we don’t need Yucca Mountain? Think again

Getting quality leadership in our American democracy can be a bit of a crapshoot. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get it, but often not. Good leadership is less important when the economy is vigorous and society stable. It’s harder to rock the boat on a smooth sea. However, when things are not A-1, as in America and much of the world today, quality leadership is vital.

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