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Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:18 AM
    The Trump administration will soon roll out a new plan to slash drug prices.
    In 2018, the administration proposed pegging the price of certain advanced drugs to the prices paid in other developed countries. Now, the administration wants to go much further, by setting U.S. drug prices equal to the lowest price paid anywhere else in the developed world.
    This plan might trim the costs of today's medicines. But tomorrow's medicines would never make it to the market, as such a scheme would obliterate our research industry. That's a lousy trade.
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  • Writer urges everyone to vote principle over party
    Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:16 AM
    The impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are over. The proceedings were emblematic of the polarity in the Country as the left and the right vilified each other, vying for title of most patriotic and having the greatest fidelity to the constitution. Members of both the House and Senate invoked the wisdom and intent of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution as the foundation of their arguments and position on the two articles of impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. It’s laudable that members of Congress look to the Founders and the Constitution during one of the most important proceedings that they may undertake. One can conclude they possess superior knowledge of the Founders and the Constitution, understand and follow the tenants of both as a guiding principle and must themselves be free from engaging in the same behavior as enumerated in the articles of impeachment. But is this true?
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  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:15 AM
    By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    In a report that unfortunately received a good deal of attention, MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough asserted that today’s economy under President Trump is in worse shape than the dismal economy under President Carter in 1979. Scarborough pointed to “Jimmy Carter’s so-called year of malaise [1979],” which, said the former Republican congressman, had been “a lot better” than the economy under Donald Trump.
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  • Living 4th “H” of 4-H -- health
    Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:43 AM
    4-H alumni, Reba McEntire once said “all the money in the world can’t buy you back good health.” As an alumnus of the 4-H program Reba McEntire understands how important it is to start healthy habits early in life. Since its beginning in 1902, the 4-H program has addressed healthy food and nutrition. The 4-H program continues to strive to ensure that youth and families learn how to make healthy decisions related to the food they prepare and eat and the behaviors in which they engage.
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  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:36 AM
    With tax season here, many filers are focusing only on their 2019 forms, thinking about how much tax they may owe, or hoping their calculations lead to a refund.
    But it’s never too early, especially the closer one gets to retirement, to look further ahead and plan for tax scenarios that will likely change in your non-working years.
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  • Writer advocates changing system
    Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:32 AM
    Dr. Glenn Mollette
    How many individuals will make $137,700 in 2020? This is the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for this year. This increase will impact about 12 percent of the 171 million workers who are covered under Social Security.
    People who make over $137,700 are not subject to Social Security tax this year. Last year it was a $132,900.
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  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:45 AM
    By Dr. Glenn Mollette
    Valentine's Day is a befuddling time - bewildering, confusing.
    Flowers that you would buy to give to someone are probably already tripled in price. Our local grocery store sometimes sells a dozen roses for under $30 but they will be over $70 during Valentine's season. You can't go a week early and save either. They are smart about that and have already priced them higher.
    Those Valentine boxes of candy have been out for awhile. If you want to buy a cheap box you had better go now. A retailing friend told me about a man walking in his store late on Valentine's Day one year and the only boxes of candy left were the very expensive ones. He said the man stood and looked befuddled and finally gave in and shelled out the cash but he could tell the man was feeling the pinch in his billfold.
    Women like candy, flowers, cards, dinners, jewelry and all kinds of stuff. Men like stuff too but speaking from a man's point of view it seems like the pressure is on us men to not foul up Valentine's Day.
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  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:44 AM
    by Dr. Gary S. Smith
    Troy Polamalu, who played safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2003 to 2014, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He will enter the hall with Bill Cowher, who coached the team for his first four seasons, and defensive back Donnie Shell, both selected as part of the hall’s special class to celebrate the NFL’s 100th year.
    Polamalu’s “combination of speed, anticipation, and toughness” made the eight-time Pro Bowler one of the best at his position in NFL history. Polamalu was named a first-team All-Pro four times and the NFL’s MVP in 2010 and won two Super Bowl rings. Many football pundits argue that he revolutionized the safety position. For a dozen years, Polamalu was the public face of the Steelers’ franchise because of his stellar performance and his television commercials for Head & Shoulders shampoo.
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  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:43 AM
    By Lu Nelsen, policy associate, Center for Rural Affairs
    The last decade has seen a drastic shift in the way the U.S. generates electricity.
    We have shifted from relying primarily on fossil fuel burning power plants to a thriving clean energy industry that supplies renewable, low-cost electricity to consumers. A combination of demand from customers and diminishing technology costs have helped wind and solar projects sprout up across the country, and with them has come a range of economic benefits.
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  • Rodeos this time of year rain frozen cowboys
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:07 AM
    “This is ‘bout the best time of year,” said Steve, “to get out and do something fun, like go to a rodeo.”
    “Awful cold out there right now, Steve,” said Doc, who has more degrees than a thermometer. “I guess it’s a good thing they have all those building rodeos these days.”
    “Well, that would take all the sport out of it, wouldn’t it?” Steve said. “Dud, pass the sugar please.”
    Dud passed the sugar. “Don’t know what you mean, Steve. Why would it take all the sport out of rodeo if the folks in the stands were comfortable?”
    “Cold factor,” he said.
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  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:02 AM
    By Melinda Myers
    Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care.
    Take some time to evaluate the quality of the cut flowers you plan to purchase. Select fresh flowers with upright and perky flowers and lots of firm buds that are just starting to open. Avoid flowers sitting in foul smelling water with drooping leaves and discolored slimy stems.
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  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:01 AM
    When Delta Air Lines announced plans to pay out a record $1.6 billion in profit sharing to its 90,000 employees – the equivalent of about two months pay for each of them – workers across America likely turned envious.
    If only their employers would do the same.
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  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:59 AM
    With corporate CFOs expressing worries that 2020 could bring a recession, businesses small and large know they need to hope for the best, and brace for the worst.
    But, as important as business savvy and financial expertise can be in riding out difficult times, other traits also come into play and may be just as essential, says Marsha Friedman, a successful entrepreneur who still leads a business she launched three decades ago.
    “One of those essential traits is courage,” says Friedman, founder and president of News & Experts (www.newsandexperts.com), a national PR firm.
    “Thirty years ago when I started my company, I probably would never have said it takes courage to lead a small business, but without it, I assure you, you’ll fail.”
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  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:58 AM
    By Sandra A. Miller
    “The road less traveled” is an iconic idiom that has bounced around for decades, but sadly, not enough young people are taking it as they head into adulthood.
    Paraphrased from a line in the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, the road less traveled conjures the image of a young person acting independently, freeing themselves from conformity and perhaps making bold choices or even ill-advised, risky ones. It sounds exciting and can lead to spectacular successes – or failures.
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  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:57 AM
    When Terry Jones began his business career as a travel agent 50 years ago, he booked his first reservation by telegram, making him feel as if he had time traveled to the Old West.
    “My boss was a Luddite who refused to consider upgrading even to a teletype machine, which were in widespread use at the time,” Jones says.
    It was a humble beginning for a man who would someday use technology to disrupt the entire travel industry and, as founder of Travelocity.com and co-founder of Kayak.com, dramatically change how we make travel plans
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