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Letters to the Editor: Cats are not safe outdoors

Letters to the Editor

Editor: The recent case of rabies in a stray cat in Winchester is a reminder about the dangers of free-roaming cats and abandoning cats to fend for themselves ("Two people attacked by rabid cat," Sept. 23 edition). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are ...

Scott Rasmussen: We need to return to making decisions locally

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I grew up in suburbia, and have spent various parts of my life in small towns, a Southern city and in rural Indiana. Moving may be a hassle, but new experiences in new locations provide wonderful opportunities to learn and explore. That's certainly true as I adjust to life in New York City, a ...

Kathleen Parker: Where in the world is Dail Dinwiddie?

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-five years ago on Sept. 24, 1992, Dail Boxley Dinwiddie vanished. Phffft. Just like that. She was 23, a darling girl, anyone would say. Because even though she was, by age, a young woman, she was just 5 feet tall and weighed only about 100 pounds. She was a waif, an ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The one and only Jackson Bezzant

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Dear Jackson Bezzant: Hi, my name is Leonard. I read your dad's Facebook post about you and wanted to share some thoughts. When I was your age, I was a shy, skinny kid with thick glasses, couldn't play kickball to save my life, always had my head in a book, lived alone in my own little world. ...

Rich Lowry: No way to treat Old Glory

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Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world. The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code stipulates how it is to be displayed, handled ...

Froma Harrop: Not saving is the American way

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Smart people living in harm's way of hurricanes know to fortify their homes before the storm hits. In a similar vein, the prudent will shore up their financial position before the next recession bears down -- and one surely will. We're all in harm's way of an economic downturn. How prepared ...

Mark Shields: Three men who saved baseball from itself

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From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and -- of more urgent ...

Connie Schultz: All is not forgiven, Sean Spicer

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On his first full day as president, Donald Trump showed up at the CIA, described journalists as "among the most dishonest human beings on earth" and accused them of making up stuff about him. He blamed journalists for a perceived rift between him and the intelligence agencies -- failing to ...

Jonah Goldberg: Dogs’ love of man isn’t just a con job

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One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You've seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use the ...

Bass Mitchell: The Signs, part 1

Guest Columns

Editor's note:  This the first of four parts of guest columnist Bass Mitchell's column titled "The Signs."  Read Part 2 in the Oct. 2 edition. My father was a carpenter, a good one. He built houses. He did renovations. He took whatever carpentry jobs he could find. There were five kids in ...

Andy Schmookler: What will world look like in 500 years?

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"Where there is no vision, the people perish," – Proverbs, 29:18 With times as dire as these are -- with dark turmoil in our politics threatening the survival of American democracy; with naked greed impeding our response to climate change; with brutal authoritarian regimes having taken ...

Kathleen Parker: The New Center seeks volunteers

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NEW YORK -- This city's annual gridlock festival, otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly, is a proper metaphor for America's current state of affairs. While Manhattan's already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical ...

Froma Harrop: Trump could confuse our way back into climate deal

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Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will. The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he ...

George Bowers Sr.: Proper attire for football, and heaven

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Two weeks of the 2017 NFL Season are in the books and the teams are off and running. Over the next four months a few will rise to the top as they learn to be successful against different opponents each week. I just hope my Dolphins are one of them! The opening of the season reminds me of a ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Chances of tax cuts have risen

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Financial markets and most media pundits are missing the new writing on the wall. For a variety of reasons surrounding shrewd moves by President Trump, the chances for significant tax cuts in the next 10 weeks have risen sharply. Since the Charlottesville blowup in mid August, when the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

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"Was nothing real?" -- Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show" Funny covers a multitude of sins. That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you ...

James Pinsky: Second chances: Embrace what you love

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I have never taken a column for granted. This one even more so. Just a few days ago I was faced with the chance, however minute, that I could have what can only be described as a wretched disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. It is a heartless killer that takes away everything ...

Mona Charen: Do conservatives take rape seriously?

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Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That's one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because ...