Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he's hired a staff and collected a long list of...
Let's see now, that's one, two, three … 17…. the final 17 days of February where temperatures failed to get above the 32-degree freezing mark.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. But this week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices' task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona.
If you like your Internet, you can keep your Internet.Well, not so much.
Sometimes the hateful words that slither out of people's mouths are shocking.
Some people get irritated when their children keep asking question after question.For us, it's a sign we're finally doing something right.
Before hiring attorneys, people usually want to know and deserve to know two things, how much will it cost, and how long will it take.
WASHINGTON — Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.
The way stories get told about politics, Washington doings and government issues generally these days is too often backwards, twisted, confused, confusing, and half-baked even if delivered with pizzazz.
A friend's 2-year-old granddaughter was staying with her when my friend got out her iron to do some ironing.“What's that?” the little girl asked.“It's an iron,” my friend said.
CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century's most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential...
According to an old saying, you are what you eat. Since I am full of baloney, I eat what I am.
Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one — Do you believe President Barack Obama loves America? — makes birthers seem witty.
Researchers tell us that this whole business of wearing jewelry dates as far back as 75,000 years, with some of the earliest accessories being animal teeth, bits of leather and feathers, shells and pebbles. Archaeologists have found several...
Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it's time to stop wishin' and hopin': Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president. Really and truly.
The stat line reads one field goal, two free throws, zero rebounds.Zero? Yes, with the stroke of a pen, an official scorer robbed me of my one and only rebound in the Big Ten.
One of the things that impressed me when taking a job at The Lima News 22 years ago was how the community viewed this newspaper. It was “their” newspaper, and when people called, some would actually refer to the paper as “my Lima...
“We're here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.”
It began with an innocent comment as we were reminiscing: “I remember the 1960s as a time of anger and war, with Americans dying far away,” said a former student. “Too many riots and too many drugs.”
Someone has to say it: I'm sorry.
You put on your coat, hat, tug on some gloves and head out for the mailbox. The bitter wind is blowing the snow around so much you can hardly see. It's just another snowy, cold Ohio day. Man, what you wouldn't give to get away from this...
Each of us has probably sometime dreamed of winning the lottery or receiving an unexpected inheritance from a long-lost relative.
WASHINGTON — Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.
Climate-change denial persists in various modes, none of which is particularly convincing.
WASHINGTON — Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have...
I was under the influence of a nerdy-cute camp counselor in high school when I decided to give up meat for Lent. My resolve held until my first trip to a sub shop, where the call of deli slices overcame any desire to impress my crush.
Jerry Wolfrom was an editor.Strike that.Jerry Wolfrom was a character.
While the death penalty might make sense in theory, it simply makes no sense in reality. It has little or no deterrence value, is astronomically expensive, is unequally and unfairly implemented, and the risk for a mistake is too high given the number...
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. As was his recent suggestion that Americans, misled by media, are exaggerating the threat of...
In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.
Ahh, Valentine's Day.It's a romantic holiday that, if you're not careful, you might end up with kids.If you end up with kids, if you're not careful, it's not a romantic holiday anymore.
One of the most frequent questions I get is whether a photocopy of a document is as good as an original. Conversely, clients often are very proud to present me with “the original” version of a document, with the impression that the...
WASHINGTON — As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.
NBC News is now focusing its investigative lens on its own temporarily dropped anchor, Brian Williams. For the next six months, at least, the $10 million a year superstar of 30 Rock will be on an unpaid suspension assignment somewhere in NBC's...
WASHINGTON — Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House,...
At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, 52 of the 2,878 words spoken by President Barack Obama set off a firestorm in the world of journalism and social media.
In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared: “We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration...
When an automobile company starts clearing space on the plant floor, it is often a sign there is a new project on the way.
As usual, a firestorm raged across the country last week because Americans apparently don't understand the difference between being opposed to something and simply supporting liberty.
NEW YORK — NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he “made a mistake” (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down-esque incident in Iraq in 2003.
Perhaps the first step toward restoring civilization is restoring civility.That seemed to be the hope of U.S. senators in Washington on Wednesday. They did something that hasn't been done in ages: They ate lunch together.
Maybe you haven't thought about it, but your cell phone is your most important computer, especially if it is a smart phone.
Winter is full of adverse weather. This time of year, it is reasonable to expect ice, snow and cold temperatures. Some folks shovel their driveways and sidewalks or hire entrepreneurial kids in the neighborhood to do it for them. I have many clients...
WASHINGTON — Flashback: Galileo is under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun.
Suppose you get a one-time bonus at work and decide to buy a car you cannot possibly afford with an incredible interest rate. Because you refuse to worry about the overall cost, you do not apply the bonus as a down payment, or on monthly installment...
WASHINGTON — Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America's political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers.
Unemployment has been falling but the number of Americans not working — or working fewer hours — has remained stubbornly high since 2008. The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” is part of the reason for this. By...
Marissa Alexander got out of jail last week, but she is not free. At best, she enjoys only a species of freedom, a defective freedom that imperfectly resembles the real thing.
Last week, The Lima News published a story about a husband and wife running inside their burning trailer and successfully rescuing their pets.