Opinion

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Californians -- and Americans -- Reject Racial Quotas and Preferences

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Among the most surprising of the multiple surprising results in this election was California’s rejection of Proposition 16. The ballot measure was supported by the Democratic supermajorities in the state legislature; by long-established corporations and Silicon Valley tech firms; by leaders of mainline churches and nonprofit organizations. Some $20 million was spent on its behalf and only $1 million in opposition.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I have two grown children living at home. Both are disrespectful to me and to my husband. I feel obligated to allow them to live here since they don’t have anywhere to go, stable jobs or means of transportation. How can I get rid of them and move on with my life? -- Tired of Carrying Grown Children
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I have always dreamed of moving to Memphis, Tennessee, and would really like to do so. It cost so much to get a hotel there, so I know I would need to find an apartment to rent pretty quickly. Can you give me some advice on what I can do as soon as I get there to get situated? I do not have a job lined up, but I would like to relocate there as soon as possible. -- Dreaming of Memphis
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The Nov. 7 Declaration

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Washington -- On Nov. 7, Joe Biden stepped up to the mic somewhere beyond the confines of his basement and solemnly declared, “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now.” He was not talking about President Donald Trump’s referring to him as “Sleepy Joe.” Nor was he rebuking the president for joking about his repeated confusion over where he was when he delivered his latest address. Was it from Tulsa, Oklahoma, or from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or was he still in his basement? Joe was calling for an end to everyone’s foul language and blood-curdling threats uttered along the campaign trail. And in the privacy of one’s own home. Well, for once, I am with Joe. Let the demonization end now.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: A few months ago, I found out that my boyfriend was messaging a girl. He says she is just a friend. I’ve asked where he knows her from, but he brushes it off and says it was just a friendly text. I believe him that she’s just a friend, but what bothers me is that the whole time this was happening, he would tell me that he was too busy to reply to me. He does work a lot so I’ve tried not to be understanding when there’s limited communication.
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Trump and His Party Take America Hostage

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The news that President Donald Trump has not attended a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in five months recalled satirist Dorothy Parker’s reaction upon hearing that Calvin Coolidge had died. “How could they tell?” she asked. It is not quite accurate to say that the president has checked out when it comes to the deadly surge of coronavirus cases consuming America, because he never checked in. Even Trump’s admission that he had downplayed the virus because he did not want America to panic was dishonest; he had not “downplayed” the virus so much as he had deliberately lied about it. And he did so not because he was afraid Americans would panic but because he was afraid they would hold him accountable. After all, avoiding accountability has been Trump’s life mission.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are 72 and retired. We have always had a special relationship with our 27-year-old grandson, bailing him out financially whenever he was in a tight situation. However, he just recently asked for big help with his rent, utilities and other expenses since he changed jobs again. His new job sounds very promising, but history tells us that something bad will happen with this opportunity as well.