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In his speech Thursday on national security, President Barack Obama said the right things about the media’s role as government watchdogs. Now the question is whether his administration’s actions will connect to his words.
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Three-and-a-half years after it started, the most heart-wrenching missing person investigation in Pierce County’s history may have come to an end. And Susan Cox Powell’s remains have yet to be found.
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Viewing the swath of total destruction left by Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla., it’s hard to believe anyone could have survived. But as of this writing, the death toll was a surprisingly low 24 – that is expected to rise – even though the twister was a mile-wide, top-of-the-scale EF5 with winds of more than 200 mph.
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What America’s veterans tend to need most is quite simple: good jobs.
Dogs can read us like a book — if the book is about dog food or our disappointment in them for knocking over the garbage or our pleasure at seeing them come bounding toward us like a large, hairy substitute child.
President Barack Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem. If Congress sticks to its policy of obstruction and willful ignorance, Obama should use his executive powers to the fullest extent. We are out of time.
Poor oral health affects every aspect of a person’s life. The pain of dental disease can disrupt sleep, make eating difficult, and make it impossible for a child to focus in school or for an adult to work.
Back in the 1980s, educators in the Franklin Pierce School District realized there was a gulf in the way our students were being guided through middle and high school. Traditionally “college bound” kids got guidance that helped them graduate ready for the next level. Other students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, got counseling that was aimed simply at getting them through high school without much thought toward the world beyond. They often graduated without the skills they needed, or worse, dropped out entirely.
The storm clouds of “scandal,” like a breakout of springtime tornadoes in the South and Midwest, seem to be encircling the White House with the president having no “safe room” into which to retreat.
In the uproar about making the morning-after contraceptive known as Plan B available to our daughters, there has been no similar outcry about condoms and our sons. Anyone of any age can walk into a drugstore — as well as most grocery and big-box stores — and buy condoms. If you want to remain anonymous, you can pay cash; no ID is required. If you’re too embarrassed to face the checkout clerk, use the self-check aisle or, for $17.97, get a box of 100 — flavored or with “added sensations,” even — delivered to your door in a plain brown box.
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