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July 16th, 2015

Struggling recycling industry created its own mess

            The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steinert, the CEO of Waste Management, America's largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America's 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steinert's own -- running in the red. Things are so dire that some recyclers are preparing to do the once-unthinkable: charge cities and their residents for accepting their recycling.

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Race and Rick Perry

            I applaud Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's call for the Grand Old Party to patch up its differences with African-Americans, among other voters of color. Although I eagerly wait to hear how he would follow up his words with deeds, lip service is better than no service at all.

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Puerto Rico offers a lesson for the mainland

            Greece's impending bankruptcy is dominating the headlines right now, but between that financial catastrophe and the one facing Puerto Rico, the latter probably deserves more attention in the United States - or at least more attention than it's getting.

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Jimmy Carter, His Legacy and a Rabbit

            Quiz time: Which American president was attacked by a “killer rabbit”?

            It was Jimmy Carter, although the incident says more about the news media than it does about Carter. He was fishing from a boat in a pond when a rabbit swam frantically for the president’s boat.

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Humans Don't Domesticate Cats; Cats Domesticate Humans

            As one who has rarely owned fewer than a half-dozen dogs and cats, people who don't like pets make me uneasy. Often it's about control issues. The sheer otherness of domestic animals offends their self-importance. How dare a mere cat ignore them?

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Germany's debt fixation

            As the minutes tick down before Sunday's deadline for Greece to reach an agreement with its creditors or else face bankruptcy, the Greeks and their supporters are accusing Germany, their main creditor, of hypocrisy. After all, in 1953, Germany's creditors forgave half that nation's debt so that the fledgling republic could recover from the war Germany had inflicted on those creditors, and thrive economically.

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Founders' intentions got redistricted right off the map

            Most Americans don't know how long it took for a notion "conceived in liberty" in 1776 to gestate. For a notion to become a nation, that is.

            Eleven years is how long it took: seven years of war, four years of legal flux, before the Constitution was signed.

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Breathing life into the presidential debates

            The only noteworthy aspect of the otherwise meaningless Donald Trump spurt in the public-opinion polls is that if it holds up, it will buy him a ticket into the first of the Republican debates in Cleveland early next month.

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A lesson in service from World War II

            On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.

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The Wasted Gift of Donald Trump

            I keep reading that Donald Trump is wrecking the Republican Party. I keep hearing that he’s a threat to the fortunes of every other Republican presidential candidate, because he sullies the brand and puts them in an impossible position.

            What bunk. The truth is that he’s an opportunity for them as golden as the namesake nameplates on his phallic towers, if only they would seize it.

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