Is it time to eliminate the mortgage deduction?

WASHINGTON – If you want to understand why the tax code is so hard to overhaul, consider the case of the mortgage interest deduction. The issue is so sensitive that the House and Senate are dealing...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Zakaria: Asia’s turn toward radical Islam is alarming

SINGAPORE – The tragic terror attack in New York was the kind of isolated incident by one troubled man that should not lead to generalizations. In the 16 years since 9/11, the city has proved...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: Welcome to the Jerome Powell era at the Fed

WASHINGTON – It will be Powell’s Fed, assuming he’s confirmed by the Senate. Jerome (“Jay”) Powell will become the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve in early 2018. Almost by definition, he...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: Is this what the future of health care looks like?

WASHINGTON – The big news in health care last week was the disclosure that CVS Health Corp., owner of a vast network of drug stores, is considering buying Aetna Inc., one of the nation’s largest...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Rankin: Schools turning challenge into opportunity

Teacher shortage, continuing education, parent participation, technology and students unqualified to satisfy workforce needs. These are just some of the challenges our public schools face. In...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

High school: a time to learn, explore and grow

As I reflect on another year’s homecoming festivities with the parade, football game and dance, I can’t help but think about the important role that high school plays in our students’ lives. The...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: At budget time, let’s look at the important points

WASHINGTON – It’s that time of year again when Congress debates the federal budget. For most Americans, it’s a turnoff. The dollar amounts are monstrous – trillions, not billions. The vocabulary...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: North Korea growing more adept at cyber warfare

WASHINGTON – It turns out that North Korea isn’t just a nuclear threat. It’s also a cyberthreat, and in some ways, this may be more frightening. Launched largely anonymously, cyberattacks can...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON – Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody’s a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein’s face as...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Sheek: Fall means budget time for Cortez City Council

It’s fall! There’s a crispness in the air, the trees and oak brush have assumed the spectacular colors of the season. Another harbinger of fall is that we now begin the review and approval...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: Advance of the ‘spoils society’ is not welcome news

WASHINGTON – The “spoils society” advances. The spoils society is a phrase I coined some years ago to illustrate a basic problem of wealthy societies, including, of course, the United States. After...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Samuelson: How resilient is the typical American consumer?

WASHINGTON – The American consumer is the great engine of growth for the $19 trillion U.S. economy, representing nearly 70 percent of spending. If the consumer is confident and happy, chances are...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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