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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

February 23, 2017
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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

Upstate New York was going downhill. The plants were closing. Too many houses were vacant. Two large upstate cities, Buffalo and Rochester, were suffering.

Refugees knew a good thing when they saw the upstate cities. Housing was cheap. They saw …

Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

February 22, 2017
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Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

Texas oil fields were going through hard times. Prices were dropping; production was dropping. Thousands of workers lost their jobs.

Now oil production is coming back. The workers are not.

Lower prices forced oil producers to find new ways to …

Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

February 21, 2017
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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

An observer sums it up in one sentence. She said the Republican plan for health reform would take money from the poor and give it to the rich. That is a lot easier than taking money from the rich and …

Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

February 20, 2017
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Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

What is so different about Canada? Their Prime Minister came to see President Trump. There were no fireworks. Trump did not threaten Trudeau with tariffs and taxes....

New Treatment for Back Pain – You!

February 18, 2017
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New Treatment for Back Pain – You!

The last thing you should do for back pain is use pain killers. Those are the opioids that can lead to addiction. And sometimes, they can lead to other...

Israelis and Palestinians are at a Crossroads

February 17, 2017
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Israelis and Palestinians are at a Crossroads

 

For almost thirty years, the U.S. was for a “two-state solution” for the Middle East. One state would be for Palestinians. The other state would be for Israelis. There...

North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

February 16, 2017
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North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

America’s enemies are probing the new president.

North Korea is building a missile that can reach the United States. The missile could carry a nuclear warhead. The test violates U.N....

It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

February 15, 2017
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It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

The whole world benefits when people work in places where they can use their skills. Most experts say the free flow of labor adds a great deal to the...

Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

February 14, 2017
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Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

Farmers need workers. For years there was an easy back-and-forth flow of workers across the border to pick crops. This is one of the reasons American agriculture is so...

In Brief

Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

bedtime snackMany people enjoy eating before going to...

Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

Acid refluxAcid-reflux is epidemic. Studies show as...

Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations...

Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater...

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