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Local Columns

No 2020 voter fraud – are we sure?

Can we set aside politics for a minute and discuss the last election? Not about who won the presidency but about the election process itself. It was a convoluted mess. First, let’s not simply swallow the idea that the 2020 election “was the most secure in U.S. history.” That was the ...

Is our second Civil War also a forever war?

When the Electoral College met Monday, it certified former Vice President Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. And he will take the oath of office Jan. 20. There is, nationally, a growing if grudging realization of that reality. Yet millions of Americans will refuse to ...

Preparing for a COVID-19 Christmas

As I sit in my apartment on day 11 of my 14-day quarantine due to an exposure to a family member who tested positive for COVID-19, I am experiencing firsthand the painful effects of isolation. I miss my daily routine, business associates, friends, and family. These are my support system. I have ...

Can a president pardon himself?

Most presidential pardons — indeed all pardons that President Donald Trump has issued — have been for specific crimes of which the subject of the pardon has already been charged and convicted. Yet, Trump, never one to be restrained by precedent, has let it be hinted that he might issue ...

Dr. Walter Williams: Prophet of Freedom

Sometimes, the legacy of great men is that the world doesn’t realize how great they were until they are gone. This might be the case with Dr. Walter E. Williams. Dr. Williams passed away last week. He was the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University, ...

America is a frightened (and heavily armed) nation

What do Americans do in these uncertain times? We buy guns. Millions and millions of guns. This year’s shopping spree has been a record-breaker. I’m not sure it has made us safer. Of course, it is every American’s constitutionally protected right to own a firearm. But the massive surge ...

Local businesses are part of us

Here’s an idea: Let’s call billionaire Jeff Bezos at his Beverly Hills, California, home and ask him to hire a couple of Belleville residents to work remotely for his online Amazon empire. While we’re at it, let’s ask Jeff for a donation to the youth baseball program in Milroy. Maybe ...

Bring back the Constitution

Health care workers and first responders are the heroes of the pandemic, but right behind them are the bold business owners defying dictatorial governors such as California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo. Like the owners of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island, who refuse to be ...

Religious freedom is first right

“But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.” — Supreme Court of the United States, November 25, 2020 When teaching law students about the Bill of Rights, professors often ask on the first day of class which is the first freedom protected by the First ...

The science behind the flu shot

Each year, it’s recommended that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot. But, why? Because it’s the best way to protect yourself from the flu — helping to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and even death. Have you ever wondered how the flu shot works to provide this ...