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Bitcoin is classified by the U.S. as a taxable asset similar to a house or boat. (Associated Press/File)

The perils of imaginary money

There was a time when "a penny saved is a penny earned" was all anyone needed to know about money. That is so 20th century. Published January 8, 2018

Don't believe everything you hear

By any measure, most everything connected to the economy was in a downward trend during the last years of the Obama presidency. So when the mainstream media and the Democratic leadership tell you that any good news you hear about the stock market, the economy and outlook for the country is due to President Obama's policies having just started to work, don't believe them. Published January 8, 2018

Reason for anti-Trump digging

Many who opposed Donald Trump winning the last election took some solace when they suddenly heard about the "deep-state" and "shadow government," and President Obama buying a house near the White House with his close confidante Valerie Jarrett. They thought somehow this could keep the Trump administration within the guidelines of law and civility and stop the new president from doing things they didn't want him to do. Published January 8, 2018

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner watched Donald Trump fill out his papers to be on the nation's earliest presidential primary ballot in 2015. Mr. Gardner says he will remain on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, though he disagrees with voter fraud allegations made by the panel's vice chairman about his state. (Associated Press/File)

A day for cheaters

Democrats, other liberal activists and even one of its own appointed members cheered the demise last week of Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The cheers may be premature. Published January 8, 2018

Gusty wind picks up snow accumulated on the ground as Jesse Sherwood, of Jersey City, N.J., jogs at Liberty State Park, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Jersey City. About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire's Mount Washington that vied for world's coldest place. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Baby, it's cold outside

The brutal cold weather making everybody miserable almost everywhere -- the mercury has fallen to the low 70s even in Southern California and into the low 60s in Miami. It has to be blamed on something or somebody, so why not blame it on global warming? Published January 7, 2018

** FILE ** This mouse was produced from stem cells coaxed from skin tissue of adult mice and then reprogrammed. Two teams of Chinese scientists have made a major advance in the development of a new kind of stem cell that doesn't involve destroying embryos. (AP Photo/Nature, Dr. Qi Zhou)

The take-no-prisoners war

Neither man nor rat gives quarter in their ancient war on each other. Neither side takes prisoners, and after all these years there's no winner, though rats have survived. The District of Columbia, which has rats aplenty, is deploying a new and lethal weapon with the hope that springs eternal. Published January 7, 2018

'Transgendering' is the annihilator

According to the recent article "Media now resorts to extreme narrative: Trump's 'insane'" (Web, Jan. 3), Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, recently cited an MSNBC report that claimed President Trump's "profound sexual and masculine insecurities are literally threatening to annihilate the planet." Published January 7, 2018

Doubting agencies is security risk

President Trump continues to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments, and he continues to question U.S. intelligence agencies' analysis of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Naturally, he does not want the validity of his election questioned, but his criticism of our intelligence agencies and the FBI poses a risk to national security. Published January 7, 2018

A stock trader wears a Dow 25,000 hat, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The market and the economy

A Dow 25,000 was the stuff of fevered fantasy, difficult for the most enthusiastic fan of Donald Trump to imagine on the eve of his inauguration. The Dow was bumping "only" 18,500 on Election Day 2016. But here we are, one year on, and a Dow 25,000 looks to be on the horizon. Published January 4, 2018

Both parties are eyeing a meeting between President Trump and a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators this week as the chance to make progress on an immigration bill, but Democrats have grown increasingly strident in their complaints about the president's stance. (Associated Press/File)

Another ring for the circus

Washington is a circus with many rings. If you're bored with Robert Mueller's pursuit of Donald Trump's Russian friends, which doesn't appear to be going anywhere, there's always a new chapter in the president's verbal duel with Rocket Man in North Korea. Published January 4, 2018

'Team' mentality wastes time

Today gives lesson to the warning of the Founding Fathers and George Washington's farewell address about the danger of factions (now known as political parties and caucuses). The Founders saw factions as oriented for dominance and power over other factions, which would result in public division, distraction from good governance and general public unhappiness. Published January 4, 2018

Trump Jr., Kushner bad for Trump

That the ubiquitous former Trump adviser Steve Bannon believes Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner are idiots is hardly surprising. But they hardly redeem Bannon for his lack of character assessment in the Judge Roy Moore affair. Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner are silly, pompous nincompoops who are godsends to Saturday Night Live. They are a couple of empty Armani suits, overindulged by a president who should know better. Published January 4, 2018

Say no to inaugural 'freebies'

"Corporate interests cut checks to fund governor's inaugural" (Web, Dec. 23) quotes a spokeswoman for Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam as saying that this month's inauguration is not a political event, but a celebration to bring all Virginians together — thus justifying large "donations" to the inaugural committee from corporate and business interests. This is absolute garbage. Published January 3, 2018

Churchill saved the modern era

From my perspective of 80 years, "Darkest Hour" is the most important film ever made. It shows clearly why British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was Time's "Man of the Century." Against the opposition of the leaders of his own Conservative Party, the members of his Cabinet and the Labor and Liberal parties, Churchill refused to negotiate with Hitler after the surrender of the French — even with most of the British army trapped at Dunkirk. The film depicts the wonderful words Churchill used to win Parliament's consent to fight alone against Hitler. Published January 3, 2018

A sample Choose Life Nebraska license plate is seen in Lincoln on Monday, April 3, 2017. The plates will be available Jan. 1, 2018, under a bill passed Monday by the Legislature and expected to be signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. (AP Photo/Julia Shumway)

Choosing life, and sometimes debate

Abortion mills are going out of business across a wide swath of the heartland. Kentucky has only one left, and the Republican governor, Matt Bevin, is trying to close it. Published January 3, 2018

Steve Bannon (right), who was a member of the White House senior staff, is now bashing President Trump and Jared Kushner. (Reuters)

Touche, said Mr. Bannon

The Democrats are supposed to be the fighting party, preferring a brawl to a tea party. Published January 3, 2018

Try new resolution: kindness

With the new year upon us, many people are thinking about resolutions. Some common ones are to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily or find balance and simplicity in daily life. But what if we all made a resolution to practice more love and kindness toward everyone, including ourselves? Published January 2, 2018

Repealing mandate fixes little

Repealing the Obamacare insurance mandate does not restore personal freedoms lost with Obamacare rationing. Rationing means government not reducing, but rather refusing to pay costs. Bureaucrats now have tools to control chronically ill, elderly and disabled people. Published January 2, 2018

Orrin Hatch retires, and guessing begins

Retirement fever is contagious. Orrin Hatch of Utah is the latest to say he's leaving the U.S. Senate, and the Republicans and the nation will miss him on Capitol Hill. Published January 2, 2018