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They don’t know what they are doing. That’s what President Barack Obama said about U.S. leaders in charge of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He was giving online speeches at commencement events around the country with discomforting rhetoric, but was nicer than usual. He mentioned no names.

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In the pantheon of great lines suitable for induction into Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations” is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2010 comment about Obamacare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

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For three years former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was put through a legal and financial wringer by top officials within the FBI, including its then-director James Comey. The FBI investigation threatened to destroy Flynn’s career, finances and life, as, according to the New York …

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The TV was turned on to a news show and I was fooling around with something else and thought I heard the newscaster say, “Coming up next, the ‘murder hornet,’ now president in the United States for the first time.” I puzzled over it for a minute and realized she had actually said, “now prese…

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Inequality — that’s the foremost issue for so-called progressives these days, and here is what it means in their compassionate souls: not inequality under the law, which would be abhorrent in a just society, but inequality of income. Somehow they seem to think that some people having more mo…

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The World Health Organization is a Chinese toady. When the coronavirus broke out in China, and after the nation had some time to assess the facts, it did not share them and lied to the U.N. agency. The truth would not serve China’s purposes, and even after the agency itself had been treated …

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced public schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus. More mayors and governors will likely make similar announcements, if they have not already done so.

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I don't know if you've heard about this one yet, but authorities arrested some people on various drug charges in Limestone County this week.

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Back when I taught English courses to college freshmen, occasionally our class discussions would veer toward some of the dangerous challenges that face our globe, such as climate change and nuclear holocaust. These catastrophes were merely hypothetical to my young students, and in some respe…

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It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt …

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“Social-distancing” is the phrase of the day, and what it pretty much means is staying away from people while America shuts down, the economy gets clobbered and death seeks out at a million, maybe 2 million of us. The issue is coronavirus, the fear is contagion and a primary solution is surc…

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A friend tweeted from Ireland (in time for St. Patrick’s Day), blaming President Donald Trump for the major decline in the value of stocks. This same friend credited Barack Obama’s economic policies when the Dow Jones Industrial Averages approached 30,000.

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In case all the election talk distracted you from this tidbit, a guy walked on a high wire across a live volcano this week.

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The Class of 2020 faces a unique challenge. Having graduated from high schools hopefully with an education that makes them “college or career …

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The Times-News on Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to allow some team athletic activities to resume:

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I think there should be some kind of provision when a Florence city councilperson is elected that they return the phone calls from people in t…

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It is totally amazing the amount of garbage and conspiracies that talk radio and individuals like Rush Limbaugh can put out. But even more dis…

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Some of the You Said It comments bashing Donald Trump’s handing of the coronavirus should take off their bias blinders and take a look at how …

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