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Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

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Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Virtues require underlying framework

This summer has served as a reminder to me about the virtue of virtues, specifically hard work and perseverance. Last winter, our 12-year-old son, Robert, was accepted into an honors performance group as a string bass player, based on his teacher’s recommendation and an MP3 submission of his playing. In May, he was sent four pieces of music to master by late June, when he was to perform them in New York.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: Spending and morality

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded with “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a spending problem is really a symptom of an unappreciated deep-seated national moral rot. Let’s examine it with a few questions.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: The job of waxing poetic can be quite frenetic

“I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: Conservatives will buy anything

They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Rasmussen: Political language, not Watergate, to blame for public distrust of government

In his weekly column for CNN.com, Julian Zelizer makes a reasonable case that “Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate.” In his eyes, this helps explain why the president’s health care law and other initiatives have encountered so much resistance.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:38 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cavanaugh: Adventures in Elizabeth City

One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: President Obama should go down to the border

Based on this fiscal year’s eight-and-a-half months of activity so far, the number of unaccompanied alien children from Honduras apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol will increase 22 times from what it was in 2009.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Massie: What if terrorists used infectious diseases?

In a piece titled, “They’re Not Telling Us The Truth,” I wrote: “Clinton, Bush and Obama, et al, have positioned us in harm’s way by providing an accommodating environment for these illegal disease carriers. It is not my contention that everyone who crosses the border illegally is diseased or a disease carrier. I am saying, the fact that we do not know which ones are and which ones are not puts us in peril...I confess that when I walk into an uptown restaurant and see illegals in the kitchen or busing tables, I am concerned.” (mychal-massie.com ...

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: When it comes to polls and pests, Junior E. Lee knows his business

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:47 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: An offer they can't refuse

FADE IN: Michael Corleone’s den.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:46 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The lasting relevance of the declaration

Happy Fourth of July!

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Get involved with the 2050 Plan

I would like to provide a brief history on the intent and origin of the 2050 Plan that I think is important as we begin the public input sessions on the Base Line Ordinances (BLO).

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Leroy Jones: emasculated black Democrat

I wonder how Leroy Jones, the black Chairman of the Essex County Democrat Committee, looks at himself in the mirror. I wonder how he looks at his family and the members of his community. I wonder how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he attends, and how he feels while sitting in the black barbershop. More specifically, I wonder how the people of Essex County, New Jersey as a whole, feel about Jones.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:54 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Responsibility and freedom

We declared our independence from Great Britain 238 years ago this week. It was a declaration long in coming, brought about by the overreaching rule of King George III and Britain’s insistence on taxation without representation.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: Help is on the way for dealing with the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2014 9:22 p.m. | Updated: jul. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: What your own eyes should tell you

A friend of mine worked for a small-town newspaper years ago and had to write the weather report. The county fair was approaching but the prediction was for rain. So the editors, fearing the wrath of local merchants, ordered my friend to change “rainy” to “sunny.” That was the newspaper’s policy. It has since been adopted by much of the Republican Party.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2014 9:16 p.m. | Updated: jul. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Short-lived service with Uncle Sam

With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams: The education establishment’s success

Many view America’s education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it’s been a success — a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, “Williams, that’s insulting! Explain yourself.” OK, let’s start with a question or two.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Let’s not go too far

Let me begin by saying that I regard Randy Vinson as intelligent, articulate, insightful and a sincerely good person, but I never forget Randy is a planner with one concept of how the world should be planned.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2014 6:36 p.m. | Updated: jun. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

All Senate — all the time

It’s an off-year election, and the White House is securely in the Democratic camp for two more years. That means the focus is turning instead to down-ballot races.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2014 6:34 p.m. | Updated: jun. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cohen: The enigmatic war

This is a splendid time to remember the First World War. It started 100 years ago this month with the June 28 shooting of the Austrian archduke and his wife. By the end of the summer, much of Europe was engaged in a war that lasted about four years, toppled four empires, precipitated the communist revolution, created by fiat the modern Middle East, recognized Zionism, made the U.S. a world power and cost the lives of about 10 million fighting men. Historians are still trying to figure out what happened.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Yarbrough: Retired general sees hope in future Iraqi generations

In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) — or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb — that went off just as the Humvee in which I was riding passed over it.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2014 4:43 p.m. | Updated: jun. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Cushman: Traditions, time and treasure

ROME — Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family. When I was growing up, the birthday girl (or man, in the case of my father) would be regaled with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” during breakfast. The special attention continued throughout the day and included letting the honoree choose the dinner menu and being the center of family conversation. Birthdays were not about presents, but about being the center of attention.

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Posted: jun. 19, 2014 5:37 p.m. | Updated: jun. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Massie: It will be different with a white, Christian, conservative president

For We the People, Obama’s time in office has thus far been tantamount to a march through hell with the complete deconstruction of America strapped to our backs, and with despair and immiseration clinched in our teeth. And for the privilege of being unwilling participants in this death march, Obama believes we should be grateful. Obama has usurped and overrun Congressional authority in less time than it took for the Kudzu vine to overrun the South.

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Posted: jun. 19, 2014 5:41 p.m. | Updated: jun. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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