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DAVE RAMSEY: Should I buy a vacation home and rent it?

Dear Dave, What is your opinion of buying a vacation home, then renting it out when you're not there? — J.P. Dear J.P., I see nothing wrong with it, as long as you're buying with cash and you're also debt-free. A vacation home is a wonderful "extra" as you start building wealth. Remember, ...

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WALTER E. WILLIAMS: Who pays what in taxes?

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who ...

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BETTY STEIN: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ researches Osage murders

Three really intriguing books this time — and a warning that the next column will be a quiz. Enjoy! The first book is “Killers of the Flower Moon; The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” It’s by David Grann, who did a phenomenal job of research and put together a picture of an ...

EDITORIAL: South Bend should resist new abortion clinic

The gains that have been made in the pro-life movement in Indiana are continually under attack and under the onslaught of countermeasures to turn the tide back to killing more babies. An application has reportedly been made by an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit to open an abortion facility in ...

A rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct.16, 1987 photo shortly after she was rescued from an abandoned water well in Midland,Texas.
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THE LAST WORD: 30 years later, Baby Jessica says her life is a miracle

It was 30 years ago today, Oct. 14, 1987, when 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down an 8-inch-diameter well shaft in Midland, Texas, in her aunt’s backyard. That was the beginning of 58 hours of continuous news coverage and the rapt attention of the entire nation. “Baby Jessica,” as ...

ERICK ERICKSON: A Cultural Cold War Gets Warmer

This past week, in an update to its style guide, the Associated Press decided to declare the transgender debate settled, despite a growing body of scientific research showing it really is a mental issue. The AP will now reject such phrases as "gender transitioning" and go with "gender ...

JOHAN GOLDBERG: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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MICHELLE MALKIN: Obama lied. My FOURTH health care plan died

Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead. Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years. Our first death notice, from Anthem ...

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LAWRENCE KUDLOW: Kevin Hassett spanks the tax policy center

President Trump's new chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, walked into the lion's den last week with his first official speech. He used the moment to pound the leftist Tax Policy Center. It was a wonderful sight. When Hassett wasn't pounding the TPC, he was spanking ...

BETSY MCCAUGHEY: Dems vs. the facts

President Trump has unveiled a tax plan to ignite economic growth and simplify the tax filing ordeal. Sadly, top Democrats are responding with divisive rhetoric and lies. Senator Chuck Schumer dismisses the plan as "wealth-fare." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "giveaways ...

EDITORIAL: IU to address ‘Grand Challenge’ of Opioids

People who live in Indiana are more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car crash. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And Indiana’s problem is particularly acute. It is one of four states where ...

Leo Morris, NS Editorial Page Editor

LEO MORRIS: There are no apologies for giving life a chance

I am the oldest of the three children who lived. Between my younger brother Larry and my younger sister Judy were the twins, Darryl and Dianne. I always assumed they were stillborn, so my thoughts rarely dwelled on them specifically but centered mostly on those left behind. The unbearable ...

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DIANE DIMOND: Congress steps up to control court-ordered guardianships

Finally, Washington is taking steps to protect older Americans who have fallen into an exploitation trap set for them by state courts. Federal officials should soon be empowered to go into states to investigate — and prosecute — unscrupulous court-appointed guardians and conservators ...

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MARK SHIELDS: War is not a spectator sport

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: "I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

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WALTER E. WILLIAMS: Our moral compasses are broken

As George Orwell said, "Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's ...

Michael Hicks, director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University

Michael Hicks commentary: The model speech on diversity and respect

By now, most readers will have heard the superintendent of the Air Force Academy’s speech on diversity and respect. I was happy to see it go viral on social media, not least because my 18-year-old daughter was one of the 4,500 cadets and faculty assembled to hear Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria. His ...

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Bob Rinearson: Who is afraid of school choice — and why?

Apparently, a bunch of fanatical, socialist warriors who disrupted and verbally attacked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos while she attempted to give a speech at Harvard University are afraid. You’ve heard of Harvard I’m sure. It has in recent times become the bastion of progressive ...

Dave Ramsey: Leasing equals financing

Dear Dave, What is your opinion on leasing cell phones? — Monica Dear Monica, In most cases, leasing something is just another way of financing. I wouldn't lease anything, apart from a building or office space for a business in the short term. There are almost always hidden conditions and ...

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STAR PARKER: Judge Roy Moore bolsters Republican Party credibility

To the dismay of Washington's Republican Senate leadership, Judge Roy Moore crushed Luther Strange in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Alabama, outpolling Strange by 9 percentage points. Senate Republican leadership, and President Trump, stood behind ...

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LAWRENCE KUDLOW: Trump’s incentive-packed tax plan

Much as he did in his command performance before the United Nations, when he took back control of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has seized and energized the tax cut issue. Almost daily, he is pounding away on the themes of faster economic growth and more take-home pay, arguing ...