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Is it time for public campaign financing?

May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

The thorny problems of campaign financing put candidates and voters in a tough spot. To have a chance, candidates — especially at state and national levels — need a big chunk of change to reach all voters with even their most basic messages...

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Here’s how the VA binds offers of helping hands

May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thinking about helping a vet with a VA claim? Think again. You may be breaking the law. A little-known fact is that according to federal law, an individual must be approved and accredited by the Veterans Administration before helping a vete...

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MAIN STREET: Filling out parade entry forms 101

May 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Parade season is gearing up, and every year I intend to give suggestions to those who will fill out the parade applications/entry forms. My perspective comes from years of organizing parades, announcing parades and participating in parades....

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Felled by flu and a serious omission

May 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

You’ve had the flu.Notice that wasn’t phrased as a question.Of course you’ve had a miserable case of flu, in some hideous form or other.There are two automatic signs ...One: Everyone seems thrilled when you’re sickeningly bathed in sweat, l...

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What to look for in a judge

May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shout out to political independents: Don’t miss today’s nonpartisan races — it’s not just a primary. In addition to the party primaries for congressional, legislative, state, and local offices, today’s ballot includes a very important, nonp...

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All about Hawaii’s big volcanic eruption

May 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s been a tough start for 2018 for many Hawaiian residents. First, many people in this part of the world have experienced flooding rains. What was called “a historic torrent of rain” hit the island of Kauai with more than 2 feet of rain l...

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BILL BROOKS: A rarity — this is no scam

May 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It seems some bad actors, calling on behalf of Dish Network, the pay TV service, have been found guilty of violating federal law. According to the terms of the ruling in a class-action lawsuit, anyone with one of the 18,066 phone numbers th...

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HISTORY CORNER: U.S. and Canada block refugees in two world wars

May 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

American philosopher-poet George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The United States is repeating history today with desperate people huddled at our southern border hoping to get in.They’re bei...

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Mother’s Day incomplete without Dad, too

May 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

My mother died at my feet.Her ruined heart was somehow still beating, but there was no brain activity.Despite CPR and an ambulance arriving quickly, the woman my sister and I saw later in the hospital was not really Mom.So three days later,...

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Planes, politics and posteriors in Paris

May 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

We promised you a potpourri of items as often as we can squeeze them in, right?Therefore, being a columnist of my word, we’re tossing another one at you this week.The hard part about this sort of thing is that so many tales need more space,...

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