Opinion

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An Ode to St. Nick

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In 1823, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was printed. It became known as “The Night Before Christmas.” This December, with the dueling U.S. Senate campaigns in Georgia, I am taking the liberty of using the poem as the basis of my column. I hope you enjoy this holiday version and, if not, will excuse my indulgence.
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Biden: Identity Politics and No Apologies

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Identity politics seems to be sticking around. Important election results seemed to refute the notion that Americans vote for their ethnic or racial identity. Hispanic voters trended significantly toward the supposedly anti-Hispanic Donald Trump, and Californians, while voting 63% for Joe Biden, rejected racial quotas and preferences in a referendum by an even larger margin than in the 1990s.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I’m frustrated with my sister-in-law and the way that she plans the holidays that she hosts or organizes. Generally, what happens is that she will reach out to the family to see what will work for everyone. We’ll make any other plans around the agreedupon plan. Then, closer to the holiday, my sister-in-law will change the plans saying that the new plans work better for her family. Most often the new plans conflict with other plans that we’ve made.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I am about to get married to a woman I am still madly in love with, five years after we first met. Within two months after our first date, we told each other we were in love with each other and wanted to date each other exclusively. Yet, within four months, she was lying to me, going off for a night here and a night there, claiming to visit her sister, but actually staying with a married man she’s known since high school -- a man with whom, she has admitted to me, she cheated on her late husband.
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President Trump: Promises Made, Promises Kept

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A retrospective on President Donald Trump’s four years in office must be put in perspective of what he himself promised to accomplish when he ran: Make America Great Again. To answer the question requires, of course, defining what makes America great and asking to what extent President Trump put the nation on course toward this goal.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I’m 48 years old. I’ve been a single mom since I had my first kid -- in other words, since forever. I’ve never really had healthy relationships with men. I’m way too trusting and just want love so badly. A few months ago, I accidentally texted a man I knew from high school. We ended up striking up a conversation, texting back and forth for a few days. Then he called me a couple of times, and we had long talks. We became friends on Facebook. I was so interested, as he seemed like a very good man: 20-year veteran, retired, single father, hard worker. I could tell that family was important to him. And he was so good-looking. After two months of chatting back and forth, I asked to meet him. He said, “Maybe after some more time.”
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Potential 900% Tariffs on Mattresses Could Wallop Consumers

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When import tariffs are under discussion in Washington, D.C., they typically revolve around rates of 5% to 25% on foreign goods. But what about duties on imported household items that can reach 300%, 500% or even 900%? Those are the tariff rates that some in Congress and the Trump administration propose on imported bedding products and mattresses.