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Peter Brookes: Missile test launch brings up new security issues

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After a hiatus of two-plus months, North Korea went ballistic again this week with the test launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM — the Hwasong-15. It may be capable of striking all of the United States. Based on initial reported estimates, this latest ICBM appears to ...

George Bowers Sr. Ignored warnings at Pearl Harbor

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This past spring, Nancy and I had the privilege of visiting the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed the trip beyond words. As you know from a previous column, I baptized my cellphone but thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls, the beaches, the flowers, the culture, and the food. One day, God willing, ...

Letter to the Editor: If in a hole, stop digging

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Editor: On Nov. 7 voters in Shenandoah County followed Will Rogers' advice to stop digging when you find yourself in a hole. The hole in this case is respected business leaders stating that some supervisors are hindering economic growth, 80 members of the Chamber of Commerce agreeing that the ...

Letter to the Editor: A speedway has been created

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Editor: An unintended consequence of this great intersection at Routes 55 and 340-522 is just over the South Fork Bridge in Front Royal. A left turn lane has been installed, allowing incoming traffic to turn southbound West 18th Street into a speedway. We have always had to deal with vehicles ...

Letter to the Editor: Tax reform would cut vital program

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Editor: During my 21 years of providing support services to the frail elderly citizens of the Shenandoah Valley it was clearly evident that a substantial segment of this population struggles with heating costs throughout the winter. The primary tool I used to assist these folks is the Low ...

Rich Lowry: John Conyers is albatross that Dems deserve

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There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido. The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman ...

Froma Harrop: Little shelter in land of the scam

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A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by ...

The buzz of agriculture

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  Despite what Shakespeare wrote, to bee or not to bee was never the question, at least not to farmers. If you want to eat things like apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, ...

Letter to the Editor: Tax cut won’t stimulate economy

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Editor: Don't be misled by Republican claims that their tax cut will result primarily in tax relief for the middle class and an invigorated economy with growing wages. There is no sound evidence that a tax cut will stimulate the economy. Corporations are already flush with cash and giving ...

Letter to the Editor: Keep your hands on your wallet

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Editor: There are two things happening that we should pay attention to. First, the president of the United States wants to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) because it irks him that it exists to help consumers fight back against the fraud and abuse of financial ...

Star Parker: Conservatives sound wake-up call in Washington

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A group of 44 conservative leaders have sent a letter to all members of Congress that might be called a conservative wake-up call. The group represents, through their various organizations, a broad array of conservative concerns. But they boil it all down to three areas that all agree need ...

Diane Dimond: Lessons learned from Charles Manson

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This is not another column meant to revive the nation's long fascination with Charles Manson. Countless articles have appeared about the evil mastermind and the seven murders most associated with his name. This column is written to remind society what can create such a monster. You have likely ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What does it mean to be a man?

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So I guess you can take men off the endangered species list. It wasn't that long ago we were hearing that men were in trouble. It was said that our manly maleness was under siege from a culture of runaway political correctness hellbent on snipping off our masculine accoutrements and turning us ...

Jules Witcover: Does Biden book tour bode another campaign?

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WASHINGTON -- At the Warner Theater in downtown Washington the other night, former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a new tour at which he discussed his new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose." The orchestra and balcony were jam-packed with his supporters and ...

Michael Barone: Merkel – and Davos – rebuked in Germany

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It's been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, Angela Merkel's ...

George F. Will: College hoops season begins under odiferous clouds

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WASHINGTON -- Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by ...

Froma Harrop: GOP tax plan would hurt homeowners everywhere

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The story making the rounds is that the Republican tax plan targets homeowners only in expensive blue states -- people who tend to vote for the other party. That's only partly true. Homeowners everywhere would get hit. The reasons will follow. As a whole, the "reforms" are an abomination. ...

Robert B. Reich: We’re now seeing a backlash against the bullies

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Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they've experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we're now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence? I can't help but think that their decisions are part of something that's happening ...

Kathleen Parker: Because Sarah sez so, that’s why

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WASHINGTON -- When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the press corps last Monday to preface their daily briefing questions with a statement of thankfulness, reporters obliged. Or, should we say, obeyed. For this, no doubt, Sanders was grateful. Yet again, she ...