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Even as a child I learned that the bible was an important book. My dad used to gather us six family members every evening. We would hear the bible read , or read the bible together, and pray. Boring, I thought. But day by day I was absorbing the idea that my parents, grownups whom I loved an…

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Like you, I watched in shock as news unfolded of last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso – the 250th so far this year.

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There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it's somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be e…

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Gun-grabbing crisis vultures just can't let the latest mass shootings go to waste. "Red flag" laws are now all the rage in the Beltway as the magic pill to prevent homicidal maniacs from wreaking havoc on the nation. Even President Donald Trump has endorsed the idea of preemptively confiscat…

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Years ago, it was hard to be a racist. You had to be fitted for and spend money on a white gown and don a pointy hat. You celebrated racism by getting some burlap, wrapping it around a cross, setting it ablaze and dancing around it carrying torches. Sometimes, as did Lester Maddox, you had t…

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Dante de Blasio is the son of Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has abandoned his crime-wracked city (but not his public office, tax-subsidized salary or perks) for a quixotic presidential bid to become America's social justice warrior-in-chief. Calculated to promote his race car…

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Let's think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most bl…

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This is getting ridiculous. To have a city fight to protect criminals goes against all that America stands for.

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The little boy squealed with delight as his dad pushed him higher and higher on the swing. When he could catch his breath he would shout, “Higher, daddy,

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Unity is a big goal for Christians. We are the bride of Christ, linked tight through our wedding vows. We are one body with Christ as our head. We are warned that a house divided against itself cannot stand. All of this points to the truth that we are to be united, joining with each other to…

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Over the past few weeks, the House has been busy debating how each part of the federal government – including our national defense – will be funded. I’m pleased that in these bills there is good news for South Florida!

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In case you didn’t know, you just missed the 15th Annual Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. It is the one day of the year when it’s okay to dress udderly crazy in exchange for free food. Here's how it works:

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Here's a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: "Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep…

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With the 1st Democratic Presidential Primary Debates taking place last week at Miami’s Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the 2020 election season is now underway.

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Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality ha…

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I really don’t like pain! I remember staying awake all night at times as a child due to an ear or tooth ache with what seemed like almost unbearable suffering. When I was about 9 years old, I burned myself by picking up a piece of already burning firewood to place it on a bonfire at my grand…

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If I were to ask you what you thought of when I said the word progress, you would probably reply with various words like motion, prosperity, and success. But if I were to ask you what you thought of when I said backwards progress, would you still have an answer? What is backwards progress, anyway? 

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Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was "to examine, through open and constructive discourse, …

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I have come to expect that most weeks the editorial page of the News Leader will be a comfort zone for our Republican friends and neighbors, but I was surprised and sorry to see Phil Marraccini’s strident letter there, especially after his mellow and fair-minded front page article on the Urb…

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"An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America," says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose visibility as a spokesperson for this generation has been boosted by political friend and foe, "came of age and never saw American prosperity."

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city's specialized high schools have a diversity problem. He's joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they wil…

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Can’t we all just get along? It would be great if we could live without conflict, but as long as there is sin on the earth that will never happen. We are living in a time though that conflict seems to be at an all time high. Of course we always blame it on someone else, like the President, t…

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We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control ove…

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"I'm amused," Attorney General William Barr told CBS News' Jan Crawford, "by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I'm going to be responsible in protecting intelligence sources …

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It is hard to listen to the news or read a newspaper without the hair rising on the back of my neck. The June 7th issue of the South Dade News Leader published a letter from Debbie Mucarsel-Powell regarding the detention facility for illegal immigrant children near Homestead Air Force Base r…

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“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

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In Homestead, there are almost 3,000 children being detained by a for-profit company simply because they are fleeing violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. Since I took office in January, I have visited the detention facility several times to make sure these children are being…

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With the wall stifled by Congress, President Trump has come up with a partial solution to illegals crossing our border…force Mexico to close off their southern border and stop aiding illegals to the U.S. border. His plan, a tariff on imports from Mexico has its pitfalls and merits.

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Political parties generally go unappreciated, even among those inclined to celebrate representative democracy. The Founding Fathers famously didn't like them yet found themselves forming them, not long after the First Congress assembled.

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When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find "disagreeable." If that's your prefer…

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The most powerful nation in the world rarely summons the will to say it is sorry. An apology from the United States, if it happens at all, can be decades, even centuries, in the making.

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There are many times in our fast paced, modern world when life can be quite overwhelming. We have pressing time schedules, financial challenges, threatening illnesses, relationship conflicts, car problems, just to name a few.

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The days are getting longer, the higher temperatures are here to stay, hurricane season is starting, and the school year is almost over. Whether you like summer or not, it is here.

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Presidential contenders are in a battle to out give one another. Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a whopping $50,000 per student college loan forgiveness. Senator Bernie Sanders proposes free health care for all Americans plus illegal aliens. Most Democratic presidential candidates promise …

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Last Saturday, the stars were out on full display as NASCAR held the 35th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Over time, all-star night has become one of the most anticipated events on the NASCAR schedule, producing some of stock car’s most exci…

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I have no love for left-wing, Hillary-promoting Hollywood producer and accused #MeToo villain Harvey Weinstein. Nor am I a fan of those who perpetrated the cop-bashing "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" fiction involving social justice martyr Michael Brown. But I do strongly believe that a grave injust…

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If you've been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years -- maybe not a good idea, but if you have -- you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country.

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No matter what journey you take in life, it is inevitable that you will come across various roadblocks and obstacles. Whether it is things that pop up at work or at home, there is always a way to push through and make it to the other side of whatever stands in your way.

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, "Restoring the Promise," published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America's college…

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Although I have spent a lot of time with you over the last couple of months, I can’t say that I know you well. Most of my time has been spent outside what they call an emergency influx shelter for unaccompanied migrant teens, right past the Air Force Reserve Base. But I have driven through y…

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This is in response to the op-ed by Rep. Mucarsel-Powell, May 10, 2019, pg 7A.

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The city of Homestead can be proud of a good many things: its friendly population, its institutions...Recently, I also found out that it is the proper place to bring your sick or injured pet. It has outstanding veterinarians but, particularly, I am thinking here of Dr. Teresa Tucci.

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Last week's column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell's newest book "Discrimination and Disparities," which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled "Social Visions and Human Consequences." Sowell challenges …

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When I lived in Ecuador, I grew up surrounded by vibrant life; beautiful exotic plants and animals that would make anyone fall in love with our planet. When I moved to Miami, I felt a similar appreciation and love for our unique ecosystems like the Everglades, and our stunning coastlines—are…

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When Martin Truex Jr. pulled his No. 19 car into Victory Circle following the rain-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover last Monday, it was the third time he had done that in 27 career races at the Monster Mile.  For the 2017 MENCS champion who claimed the Ford EcoBoost 400…