Government hinders financial progress

Our hearts go out to the poor and everyone hurting from the recession. New Census figures tell us 1 in 15 Americans is poor, a record high. Some reflexively call for redistributing wealth, increasing taxes, expanding social safety nets. All at a price. Such tactics also have other detrimental effects. America remains the most prosperous […]

Even meager contributions make a difference

In Luke 21: 1-4 and Mark 12: 41-44 (NIV), we read where Jesus noticed the widow putting two copper coins into the temple treasury. They were worth less than a penny, which is America’s smallest coin, also made of copper. That has nothing to do with this article except that she had less than two […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young to remember 9/11. Don Brown’s book “America is Under Attack” might be one way to help a child understand why this day is so sad for […]

Acts of warfare require approval by Congress

Now in the fifth day of America’s third war, President Barack Obama has failed to offer Congress or the American people a reasonable and thorough justification for operation Odyssey Dawn, or a definition of the mission and success in Libya. He sought support from European nations and the Arab League in concert with the United […]

Americans should trust in God

Leonard Lauriault The Unites States of America was founded upon Christian principles, not just any religious principles. While this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t respect the right of anyone to practice their own religious beliefs in a reasonable way, history tells us that once the continent was discovered by Europeans, many others came over to […]

Ex-Marine walking across America barefoot

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Russell Anglin Ron Zaleski was sporting a pair of flip-flop sandals at Watson’s Bar-B-Que Monday. He said he was giving his feet a rest after walking along historic Route 66 barefoot from the KOA Campground into Tucumcari. Zaleski is walking across the United States without shoes to gather signatures for a petition calling for mandatory […]

Exit strategy for Afghanistan should be priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

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Thomas Garcia Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children.

Farmers need to elevate their reputation

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist As the percentage of farmers continues to decrease in proportion to the population, it seems the harder the ANTIs (HSUS, PETA, Sierra Club, name one) try to increase America’s dependence on foreign food, just as they have done with manufacturing, energy, timber, and steel. They have the foresight of a […]

Analysis: Obama and Dems scored

By Steven Thomma: McClatchy Newspapers DENVER — Barack Obama and the Democrats had their moment, and it was a quite a moment. Now America pivots to John McCain and the Republicans.