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Crafting a Hobby Lobby doc fix

The Republican Party may experience more fallout than any one company from the Supreme Court’s birth control ruling.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to take action that will counter the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.Thanks to that ruling, big employers may deny birth control coverage to the female employees whose health insurance they must provide. In other words, the court’s conservative majority didn’t just elevate the right...

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Shortchanging our national treasures

State and national parks alike are underfunded in this era of tight budgets.Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.What’s a more affordable option? Heading to a national park, state park, or national forest.America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our...

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Honoring our vow to America’s Veterans

In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays.The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing problems with the claims backlog, the s...

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The latest crack in our broken immigration system

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here legally? Isn’t there a pr...

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Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil

By huge margins, consumers don’t want Frankenfoods on their tables.Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in yearly sales faces a marketing problem: By huge margins...

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Worth more: One man or an entire city?

By Bob LordWhat does it say about our society when one hedge fund manager makes a bigger income than the whole population of Springfield, Ohio or Burbank, California?A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the M...

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The end of pot prohibition as we know it

Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time.How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War?This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.But it does require some courage to pipe up. So thank you, former Supreme Court Just...

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We don’t need bullying laws for kids

Kids bullying other kids has become the problem of the day for many in our society. Let’s pass some laws, adopt policies, punishments, discover medications, initiate interrogations and psychological profiles to deal with it. You’d think bullying just reared its head in the new millennium. I’ve got a couple of news flashes for you.It is nothing new. Being bullied is not a bad thing but attempting to shield your children from it is NOT a good thing. We don’t n...

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Trust and confidence

It seems to me that two words have become of increasing importance of late; one is “trust” and the other is “confidence.” Just so we are all on the same page, let’s take a short excursion into definitions. It won’t be long, so hang in there with me.“Trust” is one of those words that can be used either as a noun - remember? the name of a person, place, or thing - or as a verb - an action word. As a noun “trust” generally me...

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A deluded consensus on discrimination

Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling made it clear that bigotry still flourishes.A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch voters into categories of likeminded people. The study came out a few days before the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law that...

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How to deal with the chickens

The verse of the day is Psalm 103:11-12. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.A number of years ago we raised our first flock of chickens. One morning, after having invested months raising these feathered friends, I went to the barn and met a disastrous sight. During the night a coyote or some other wild animal had bypassed our attempt...

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Walgreen writes its own sick prescription

The nation’s biggest drugstore chain may pretend it’s a Swiss company to cut its tax bill.How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his share of the taxes that make them available?And what if this neighbor also said he was renouncing his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Sw...

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A fracking boondoggle

The public would pay a heavy price for a $4 billion gas export terminal in Maryland at Cove Point.A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the New York state border. Unbeknownst to her, energy companies had started ramping up natural gas drilling operations near her home. When WPX Energy opened up two fracking wells near her property, Tammy noticed that something was very wrong in her household.

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Safeguarding free speech in the digital age

Representative Spencer Bachus stands out among conservatives.Representing Alabama’s 6th district, he’s built his political reputation as a supporter of fiscal responsibility, limited government and constitutional rights — with special attention to the First and Fourth Amendments.It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to hear this southern Republican speak in favor of net neutrality, the principle that preserves free speech on the Web. “There s...

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Risky business in Ukraine

Is this really a resumption of the Cold War?Thanks to Iraq’s latest woes, it’s getting pretty hard to pay attention to all that unrest in the former Soviet Union.Remember those poor Ukrainians? All they want is to be independent and left alone. Or at least that’s what they claim.In truth, many also want natural gas from Russia, but simultaneously desire access to Europe’s energetic economy and open borders. Conversely, some prefer close...

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Fostering ‘informed patriotism’

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