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TOM HASTINGS: A day for our Mother Earth

April 20, 2015

How many holidays do we have? MLK Day in January, Valentines Day in February, Easter in March or April, Earth Day in April, Memorial Day in May, and so forth. Of those few examples, two were declared in my adulthood. New holidays take time to catch on and embed themselves in the culture. They can stray from their roots. Christmas is for consumerism. Veterans Day is to promote war. Thanksgiving is for football.

BYRON YORK: In emerging race, O'Malley new target of Clinton machine

April 7, 2015

Recently, a representative from the Hillary Clinton camp delivered a message to Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor preparing to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
I have some good news and some bad news, the messenger said.
What's the good news? asked O'Malley.
The good news is we're taking you seriously, the messenger answered. And the bad news is ... we're taking you seriously.

STEVE GILLILAND: How to slow down your life and enjoy the ride — right now

March 20, 2015

4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The
Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member

It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.
You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.

DAVID LOPEZ: Avoiding a government head fake
-on retirement savings

March 19, 2015


A government rule on retirement savings may be tricking retirees into looking at their financial situations all wrong, says a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning.
The rule says retirees can’t leave money in their IRA or 401k accounts forever. At age 70½ they must begin making minimum withdrawals, even if they prefer to leave the accounts untouched.
“You are forced to take money out whether you want to or not,” says Dave Lopez, a mathematics and computer science major who applies his analytical mind to solving retirement challenges.

VICKI E. ALGER: Personalizing learning for all students through education savings accounts

March 3, 2015

Fifteen years ago Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Freidman noted that just because we finance education through government that does not mean government should be in charge of delivering education. “Education spending will be most effective,” Friedman explained, “if it relies on parental choice and private initiative—the building blocks of success throughout our society.”

BY GLENN MOLLETTE: Militant crazy religion, avoid the damage

February 26, 2015

Faith has been a major part of my life for a long time. Belief in God, the Bible and church involvement go way back for me. There is so much about all of it that has shaped and impacted every fiber of my life. A faith relationship with God is peaceful, hopeful, helpful, positive and life changing in so many ways. I've written a lot about faith in articles, books and public messages.

GLENN MOLLETTE: World terrorism serpents - be wary

January 8, 2015

My wife and I were walking an Appalachian path a few months back when a poisonous copperhead snake struck at my wife. The snake was big. My wife was carrying pepper spray and amazingly with one quick move sprayed that deadly serpent. The snake was stunned as we lunged forward to safety. We were so very lucky. Either one of us could have died or lost a limb if that poisonous serpent had been successful. Journalists and cartoonists in a French newsroom were not so lucky this week. They were totally caught off guard by striking terrorists that ended their unsuspecting lives.

ED CANNADAY: Put the money where it's needed

December 1, 2014

As the 54th Legislature comes to a close and we focus on our responsibilities to adjust our legislative agenda to match the economic reality of our state and the political horizon, let us consider some issues that demand our focus.
First, State Treasurer, Ken Miller is challenging his fellow Republican state leaders concerning their attempts to lay the foundation to move our budget to a two-year process.

DR. PAUL KENGOR: The mid-term election: Is Obama still relevant?

November 7, 2014

“Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Tuesday massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.” The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

GLENN MOLLETTE: Mitch McConnell, Change and Hurting America

November 6, 2014

Average America doesn't feel better off today.
More of us are feeling the pain of the newgovernment healthcare laws.  My personalmedical insurance premium will increasein January. My deductible goes from $3,000to $5,000 and my co-pay also goes up. Beginningin January 2015, my medical insurance will bethe worst I've had in my life. I suspect thatduring this past election millions of Americansstarted waking up about Obamacare. The newSenate and House must edit the healthcare laws. 
Allow the very poor of America to be on Medicaidand those with preexisting conditions to buyinto Medicare.

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