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DAVE RAMSEY: Touching their hearts

Dear Dave, What are some ways to teach pre-teens the value of giving versus getting during the holiday season? — Phil Dear Phil, As a parent, one of the best things you can do is be a living, breathing example of the importance of giving and caring about others. There's nothing wrong with ...

WALTER WILLIAMS

WALTER WILLIAMS: Ignorance versus stupidity

One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Thomas Sowell says, "It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." Nobel laureate ...

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MONA CHAREN: Religious extremism by any other name

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today's climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted "Allahu akbar" and that Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a "laughingstock" (he frets a ...

Erick Erickson

ERICK ERICKSON: When disagreement is evil

I am continually struck by a question a friend on Twitter asked on that website. I come back to it every once in a while as news and events go in certain directions. He asked a simple question. He just wanted to know how many political reporters know anyone who owns a pickup truck. It seems ...

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LEO MORRIS: Statistics don’t lie

Sorry, kids. If you’re in love and plan to take that final step in this state, better think again. According to a news report about the latest statistics from 24/7 Wall Street, a “financial site” on the Web, Indiana has the sixth-highest divorce rate among the 50 states. You’re headed ...

Michael Barone

MICHAEL BARONE: Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

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KERRY HUBARTT: Retirement a tiring mix of purging, planning for future

Retirement so far has been a lot of work! Today marks the fourth day of my retirement, and I’m pooped! While helping edit News-Sentinel.com stories and its pages that appear in the Monday-through-Saturday Journal Gazette since The News-Sentinel’s transition on Oct. 9, I spent my “free ...

Andrew Napolitano

ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO: The tip of a prosecutorial iceberg?

Earlier this week, the government revealed that a grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted a former Trump presidential campaign chairman and his former deputy and business partner for numerous felonies. Both were accused of working as foreign agents and failing to report that status to ...

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SCOTT RASMUSSEN: America’s founding ideals are worth fighting for

These are tough times to be optimistic about America. Terror attacks in New York City, mass shootings in Las Vegas and campus violence against targeted speakers fill the news. Rather than addressing the problems, partisan politicos act as if each tragedy is merely a platform for their own ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The war on wee ones

There is no war on women, only a war on wee-ones. “Sympathy for the Devil,” a Rolling Stones tune from their 1968 album “Beggars Banquet,” is a first-person narrative from the perspective of Lucifer, the narrator, who with chilling, narcissistic relish, recounts his exploits over the ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Meat industry is scary

I have no fear of goblins, witches or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry. This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do, ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Word of God does not change

The culture around us may change, the morals may become corrupt and evil the norm, but the Word of God does not change. The delivery method, the praise and worship style may change but the Word of God does not. God’s truths are eternal — love, justice, mercy. Faith in Jesus’ death and ...

Erick Erickson

ERICK ERICKSON: His Majesty Anthony Kennedy

Whenever I write about American democracy, I inevitably get angry letters from people who yell at me that we are a republic, not a democracy. Yes, this is true, but a republic can take numerous forms, and the simplest definition of a republic is that it is not a monarchy. A republic is any ...

Mona Charen

MONA CHAREN: When is ‘sexual assault’ not sexual assault?

Let's look at two pictures side by side and see if we can tell how they're different. In one panel, we see a famous TV political analyst who apparently had the charming habit of pressing his erect, if clothed, penis against the bodies of young women who worked with and for him. That was Mark ...

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BEN SHAPIRO: The Swamp is D.C.

Get ready for a word problem. Paul Manafort was Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman. He allegedly had deep, long-lasting, corrupt ties to Russia, for which he will likely go to prison if convicted — he's just been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. According to the ...

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LEO MORRIS: Government’s ‘behavioral missionary’ twist on morality

Acey deucy is a simple card game in which everybody antes, then each player takes a turn betting whether the next card will fall between the two cards he already has. Players can wager anything from nothing to the total of the pot, which can grow in a hurry. One time in the Army, in a game with ...

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MICHAEL HICKS: Gas tax hike popular evidence of good governance

My colleagues at the Bowen Center at Ball State just published their 2017 version of the Hoosier Survey. This questionnaire asks a large, representative sample of folks what they think about the prime issues of the day. Among the many interesting questions this year regarded feelings about the ...