Opinion

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The Next Culture War Is Off to a Slow Start

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Like horses at the starting gate, the better conservative pundits are galloping off to the next thing, which is really an old thing: the culture wars. But what a nice change from having to negotiate between traditional conservative doctrine and Donald Trumpian mobs threatening them for frowning in the president’s direction.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have two teenage children, and both of us work out of the home. We try hard to be engaged in our children’s lives and be aware of everything they’re doing. As working parents, it’s not easy, but we try hard.
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Afghanistan and Iraq: When Will We Ever Learn?

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Missing in any debate about whether it is wise for the United States to reduce our troop numbers in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Trump administration has ordered, down to 2,500 Americans in each country (a number, let it be noted, that is too few to fight and too many to die), is the question members of Congress and policymakers invariably choose to duck: How did we get into the longest war in U.S. history in Afghanistan and the secondlongest in Iraq?
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Letter to the Editor

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In a recent letter to the editor, the writer cited some statistics that had been received from Oklahoma State University that indicated an average of 3.66 deaths per day in Oklahoma from the COVID virus. I’m not sure how recently those statistics were obtained. By using current information available from news reports easily found in the Tulsa World and other news sources, the current average (as of 11-21-2020) is now 6.3 deaths per day since the first death in Oklahoma was reported on March 18.
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The Right to Worship Even in a Pandemic

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New York’s dictatorial governor, Andrew Cuomo, may have met his match. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down Cuomo’s Oct. 6 executive order shutting down “houses of worship “ in areas of Brooklyn and Queens, while allowing “essential” businesses, like pet stores, groceries and big-box stores to stay open.
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Californians -- and Americans -- Reject Racial Quotas and Preferences

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Among the most surprising of the multiple surprising results in this election was California’s rejection of Proposition 16. The ballot measure was supported by the Democratic supermajorities in the state legislature; by long-established corporations and Silicon Valley tech firms; by leaders of mainline churches and nonprofit organizations. Some $20 million was spent on its behalf and only $1 million in opposition.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I have two grown children living at home. Both are disrespectful to me and to my husband. I feel obligated to allow them to live here since they don’t have anywhere to go, stable jobs or means of transportation. How can I get rid of them and move on with my life? -- Tired of Carrying Grown Children