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If the universe is expanding, how much stuff do we need?

How do we accumulate so much stuff, and how much stuff is enough? Packing to move is one of my least favorite activities, ranking at the top of my "why, Lord, why?" list, right up there alongside volunteering to baby-sit or listening to madrigal music. Once upon...

Tax cuts and rosy scenarios

Let's say you're planning next year's family budget. Should you (A) be honest about what you'll probably spend and as realistic as possible about your likely income, taking into account there could be an unexpected downturn? Or (B) assure yourself you'll get a. . .

After the Confederates, who's next?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the...

Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

"Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict." �Irving Kristol The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump. . .

The midterms might become the 'impeachment election'

President Richard Nixon was heading for a big re-election victory in November that would confound his critics. He had just returned from a pathbreaking visit to China and had big transformative ideas for foreign policy. Yet he felt hounded by his enemies and a. . .

A farewell, of sorts

I knew I was "home" the first time I walked into the newsroom at The Jonesboro Sun. I first set foot in this building in the early Oughts, and it was a place of mystery and excitement that I knew instantly was the place for me. It's tough to describe a newsroom's. . .

Saudi Arabia’s duplicity

Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and "drive them out," as President Donald Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and. . .