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National Columnists

Apprenticeship changes lives – especially for women

Across the U.S., our nation marked National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 14 through 20, to remind workers and employers of the importance and value of Registered Apprenticeships. The gold standard for workforce training and development, Registered Apprenticeships are a time-honored, ...

There Is good in this divided country

Politics is a polarizing sport that pits one side against the other, and there is a lot of mudslinging going on, which is tragically amplified by the mainstream media. The current state of the United States is accompanied by a series of negative feelings, including anger, distrust and ...

Popular vote majority good for GOP in 2024

One of the puzzles in this year’s surprising and unpredicted (including by me) off-year election results is why the Republicans’ 51% to 47% win in the popular vote for House of Representatives did not produce a majority bigger than the apparent 221-214 result. (All numbers here are subject ...

Putin’s ‘Winter War’ on Ukraine

Winter has often proven an indispensable ally of Mother Russia. The impending winter of 1812-13 forced Napoleon’s withdrawal from Moscow, a retreat from which his Grande Armee never recovered. The winter of 1941-42 sealed the ultimate fate of the invading armies of Adolf Hitler’s ...

Thanksgiving and football were made for each other

The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving without football, but the game and the holiday have now become so intertwined that one almost wonders how they managed it. The most American holiday and the most American sport -- both of which are American inventions with only limited uptake ...

Magic Cars

oliticians praise electric cars. If everyone buys them, they say, solar and wind power will replace our need for oil. But that’s absurd. Here is the rest of my list of “inconvenient facts” about electric cars. “The future of the auto industry is electric,” says President Joe ...