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Was JFK killed by accident?

Was President John F. Kennedy killed by accident 53 years ago? Did the sniper miss?

Is a missing page from a little green book the big clue to the killer’s intention on that grim day in Dallas, Texas – Nov. 22, 1963?

I was 15 when JFK was killed, having skipped school that overcast, chilly day. I was home with my feet propped up on the kerosene stove in the living room, reading Thornton Wilder’s great play, Our Town, when I heard the news on the radio. My family had no TV at that time; it was in for repair. That afternoon is as vivid to me as yesterday – or today. The news was so shocking it was like being hit in the gut by a sledgehammer, knocking the wind out of me.

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Is the Electoral College outdated?

With several states on a knife-edge, and the popular vote total favoring Clinton over Trump, much talk has occurred during the last few weeks about whether the Electoral College still has a place in today’s America. The Electoral College, made up of 538 electors, is still the formal body, not your vote, that elects the President of the United States.

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Are tweets the new gospel truths?

Fake news stories multiplied like rabbits during the presidential campaign.

We are inundated with big doses of false information and fake news on the Internet and Facebook. And I do not mean opinion pieces; I mean fabricated news stories – the kinds of “news” based not on facts but on the wild vagaries of the writers’ mischievous or malicious imaginations.

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Reading to others – the antidote to loneliness

They don’t ask for much – just a good story now and then. Sometimes, a lot of the time, they may not be able to ask, but you can see it in their eyes. Tired eyes that are saying “I can’t make out the words anymore.” Proud eyes that hate to say, “I’ve had a stroke. I can’t hold a book in my hands.” Quiet eyes that are asking, “Could you take a minute and read me a story?”

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Is Trump really new-and-improved?

In recent days, president-elect Donald Trump reminds me of an arsonist who started lots of fires and is now playing firefighter, running around trying to extinguish them.

He’s trying – so suddenly – to be level-headed, acceptable, conciliatory. Last I heard, his plan for the Big Wall at the border now includes fences, too. Will it amount to a pretty little white-picket fence with cute daisies planted all along it? Trump fans don’t want to hear that. They want thousands of miles of bricks-and-mortar – the real thing.

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Don’t let politics divide us

The United States of America is a republic 240 years strong. We have been electing our leaders since the age when many countries were still absolute monarchies. We’ve had 44 presidents, and we’re soon to have our 45th. Through it all, America has gone through many ups and downs, but we have always rebounded and stunned the world with our perseverance.

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Keep Obamacare baby, throw out bathwater

Time to throw out the Obamacare baby with the bathwater? No, it’s not.

I’ve defended Obamacare for six years. However, I also acknowledged, every time I defended it, that it’s not perfect, that it must be seriously tweaked as it evolves. I also wrote and said repeatedly if Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) becomes unaffordable, it will have turned into a misnomer, an unaffordable “Affordable” Care Act, and that it will be time for a major overhaul or a new system to replace it.

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Veterans deserve our appreciation

The United States is a nation created by the fighting spirit of brave men and women. The American Revolution would not have started, nor would have been successful, if it was not for those who were willing to stand up and fight for their rights. Our country is not free by some international treaty or agreement but from a revolution where we asserted the people should be their own governors. This is why Veterans Day has always been important to me.

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