Opinion

Op-Ed

And the biggest loser in the GOP’s tax plan is … humans

Both the House tax bill – which passed handily Thursday – and the Senate version are heavily weighted toward business. Both bills would slash rates on regular corporate profits, “pass-through” business income (currently taxed at regular individual rates) and overseas profits that get repatriated. They also provide other tax breaks for companies, such as allowing full and immediate expensing for qualified investments.

Op-Ed

Tax plan makes church and state less separate

How do we know the foregoing facts about the Establishment Clause? We know because it originated, along with Thomas Jefferson’s great Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in his collaboration with James Madison. Madison noticed that some earnest Virginia Baptists were being jailed, even in chains, for refusing to pay tax assessments in support of educational establishments offensive to their beliefs – indeed, regarded in some instances as blasphemous.

Op-Ed

Our elites still don’t get it

Freedom without covenant becomes selfishness. And that’s what we see at the top of society, in our politics and the financial crisis. Freedom without connection becomes alienation. And that’s what we see at the bottom of society – frayed communities, broken families, opiate addiction. Freedom without a unifying national narrative becomes distrust, polarization and permanent political war.

Letters to the Editor

11/18 Letters: Only medical practitioners should decide what a ‘real emergency’ is

“Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit” (Nov. 9) highlights a recently implemented policy from America’s second largest insurer, Anthem, which will negatively impact thousands of patients across the United States. This policy may result in patients receiving surprise hospital bills for ER visits the patients themselves believed were imminent emergencies, but which were later classified as “avoidable.” Contrary to the rationale for this policy change, a recent study from the University of California at San Francisco found that only 3.3 percent of emergency department visits can be considered “avoidable.”

Opinion

American companies are funding the Kremlin’s info war against us

Consumers have power. Companies know it. Just look at how quickly Keurig pulled its ads from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show over his coverage of Roy Moore’s alleged child molestation. Indeed, strategically spent big media money can take down talk show hosts, cut into the bank accounts of pro athletes and even elect an American president.

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