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Gifts You Won’t Find In Stores

Gifts You Won’t Find In Stores

Michael Kurth December 18, 2014 0

Each year, I write a column about Christmas gifts that are not found in any store, or even on any website. For example, Christmas came early this year for five million undocumented workers, when

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Republicans Capture The Senate

Republicans Capture The Senate

Michael Kurth December 5, 2014 0

According to the polls, the midterm elections were supposed to be real nail-biters, as Republicans tried to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Harry Reid and the Democrats. Instead, Republicans swept to victory

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Ballooning, Bungling Beauracracy

Ballooning, Bungling Beauracracy

Michael Kurth November 21, 2014 0

The biggest problem plaguing our federal government is ballooning bureaucracy and bureaucratic bungling. The latest scandal to hit the public eye is the ineptness of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and its lack

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How Dangerous Is Ebola?

How Dangerous Is Ebola?

Michael Kurth November 10, 2014 0

Epidemics, pandemics and plagues have played a huge role in the history of mankind, but, in this age of modern medicine, the danger posed by viruses has often been overlooked or considered a thing

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Rational Ignorance: Why Voters Are Not Better Informed

Rational Ignorance: Why Voters Are Not Better Informed

Michael Kurth October 16, 2014 0

Democracy may be a great political system, but it is not perfect. One of its flaws is what economists call “rational ignorance,” which some have dubbed “the dumb voter theorem.” The premise is simple:

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Obama’s Foreign Policy: Lessons In The Art Of Obfuscation

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Lessons In The Art Of Obfuscation

Michael Kurth October 1, 2014 0

For the past month, most Americans have been outraged over the beheadings of two U.S. citizens — James Foley and Steven Sokoloff — by ISIL (AKA the Islamic State). Americans wanted our president to

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My 50th High School Reunion

My 50th High School Reunion

Michael Kurth September 5, 2014 0

Fifty years ago, I was one of 872 students who graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Mich. Born in 1946, I and my fellow students were the vanguard of the baby boom.

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The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

Michael Kurth August 20, 2014 0

On Nov. 4, voters in 36 states will go to the polls to choose a U.S. senator. Republicans currently control the House, but Democrats hold the Senate.  The result is congressional gridlock. But if

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PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Michael Kurth August 11, 2014 0

I am writing this on Memorial Day, the holiday when we remember the soldiers who died defending our nation.  It is also a time to remember those who survived, but were wounded or disabled

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CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

Michael Kurth August 7, 2014 0

I don’t know what happened in the world in the past two weeks; Cathy and I have been cruising the Caribbean.  To paraphrase Kenny Chesney: No news, no politics, no problems … almost. The

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