• By Bill Press

Everybody has a question about the Senate health care debacle. Here’s mine: How’d Mitch McConnell get a reputation for being a master legislator?

  • By Walter Williams

Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: ‘‘The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the …

Responsible custodianship of the environment and providing people with safe clean water should not be a political issue. It is a moral issue.

  • David Helscher Special to the Herald

A lazy summer day is for enjoying the outdoors, getting ready for or recovering from vacations, or late evenings on the patio. Not so much this summer for the economy. Congress unsuccessfully attempted to pass the first leg of its fiscal agenda, but extended the drama well into the summer. N…

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If the fantasy football draft works the way I desire in 2017, I will once again pick my wide receivers later than other owners. That makes it even more imperative that I find players who will be much better than their anticipated average draft position.

Two roads on opposite ends of town could soon be in line for more work at the study table.

  • By Clarence Page

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Hey, We Tried.”

I have long wondered about some of the medicine commercials I am bombarded with on television, or even in print ads. The one that first brought questions to mind is the Phillips Lady, who asks a group of people about constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas, as if the product can help all o…

  • Walter Williams

Too many people believe that slavery is a ‘‘peculiar institution.’’ That’s what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, ‘‘Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South.’’

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I won't risk a top-tier fantasy draft pick on a quarterback. I value running backs and wide receivers far too much than to waste a pick on a position that doesn't separate itself enough from one level to the next. 

  • Clarence Page

Elitist,” as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book “In Defense of Elitism,” has begun to rival if not outstrip “racist” as the “foremost catchall pejorative of our times.”

  • Ruth Marcus

President Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, seems to be an adherent of the just-yell-louder-school of legal argumentation. That tactic was on vivid display again Sunday, as the blustering lawyer made the full round of talk shows. It might have been the most striking part of Sekulow’s performanc…

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The second-half of the fantasy baseball season is finally upon us. If you’re still in the thick of a tight race, finding those two-start pitchers for the next month-and-a-half each week can go a long way in assisting your team in pitching stats.

  • By Taylor Armerding CNHI News

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting a year ago in June with a Russian attorney who he believed was going to provide some dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton does not by itself – unfortunately for all those who are salivating in the hope of impeaching President Trump – prove that…

  • Ruth Marcus

Fox News host Sean Hannity told Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday night that he had run out of questions about the president’s son and a Russian government effort to help his father win the election. “I wanted to ask every question I could think of regarding this issue,” Hannity confided. “I can’t th…

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No conference has done more for its image in the last year than the Big 10. It's more competitive. It has big-time names. And the conference can finally compete with other conferences in college football on the gridiron. 

  • Clarence Page

It is hard to be rebuffed more soundly than President Trump’s “election integrity” commission — or, as he called it, the “very distinguished voter fraud panel” — has been stiffed by most of the states. It’s not hard to imagine why. For one thing, the panel appears to be designed less to impr…

  • Walter Williams

There are political movements to push the federal minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty, preventing worker exploitation and providing a living wage. For the most part, the intentions behind the support…

  • George Will

Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate’s proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey’s provision, however, makes it this century’s most significant domestic policy reform.

As actively engaged Rotarians, members offer to be responsible for choosing our programs on a monthly basis. July programs are by Rotarians Mary Connell and Dale Dalton. Programs for August will be gathered by Shannon Sander-Welzien and Holly Youngquist.

  • Taylor Armerding CNHI columnist

With our modern version of Independence Day once again in the rear view – fireworks and barbecues combined with ever-louder demands for more ways we can become increasingly dependent on government – it’s probably a good time to talk about the politics of fear.

Summer is here, which means it is that time of year again – time to enjoy the outdoors and get-togethers with family and friends. An active lifestyle improves mental and physical health, and there is nothing like nice weather to make you want to go outside and enjoy activities such as hiking…

On behalf of the Clinton 4th of July Festival, allow me to thank all of the people and organizations that made this event possible. The 2017 Festival was made possible by the generous contributions and donations from area corporations, businesses and many individuals. Thank the supporting bu…

Summer is here, which means it is that time of year again – time to enjoy the outdoors and get-togethers with family and friends. An active lifestyle improves mental and physical health, and there is nothing like nice weather to make you want to go outside and enjoy activities such as hiking…

  • By Clarence Page

What to you is the Fourth of July? The mere mention of it brings forth fond memories of fireworks, barbecue, potato salad and my dad’s passing down to me the solemn duty of hand-cranking mom’s homemade ice cream. Priceless.

Since President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, over 1,400 U.S. cities, states and businesses have stepped up to vow that they would do so independently of the federal government.

Thousands of people celebrated the Fourth of July on Tuesday along the riverfront, ushering in another successful year for the “new” festival. Among those revelers, though, there’s no mistaking that some still have their minds focused on Riverboat Days.

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FantasyPros has its consensus rankings from the experts for fantasy football. In a standard 12-team league, you’re generally going to carry two quarterbacks, meaning 24 should be available.

  • By George Will

The Bronx, the only one of New York City’s five boroughs that is on the American mainland, once had a sociological as well as geographical distinction. In the 1930s it was called, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted, “the city without a slum.” It was “the one place in the whole of the nation wh…

  • Walter Williams

Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head. Let’s examine some recent episodes representative of a general tre…

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FantasyPros has its consensus rankings from the experts for fantasy football. In a standard 12-team league, you’re generally going to carry two quarterbacks, meaning 24 should be available.

  • By Leonard Pitts

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead." — Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968

On Thursday, July 20, the Franciscan Peace Center will host a racial justice dialogue using three short films: "Racism is Real," "Black Protests vs. White Riots" and "Prison System by the Numbers." Each film highlights a different aspect of racial inequality, mass incarceration, prejudice an…

  • George Will

Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it celebrates the l…

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