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Guest opinion: If Trump is found guilty he should not go to jail

With Donald Trump’s hush money trial wrapping up soon, a key legal principle has come into focus: A conviction requires all 12 jurors to agree he’s guilty. The odds Trump can’t secure even a single hold-out juror may be low, even in heavily Democratic Manhattan. But if the jury does ...

Guest opinion: We must build more homes – The emerging political consensus

Despite politicians from different parties often having stark political differences, increasingly their assessments of America's housing market woes are aligned. Despite ongoing debates about rent control and the minimum wage, the prevailing notion is that the most effective way to make ...

Corbin: Passing classic ‘grannyisms’ to the next generation

A funny thing happened while shepherding my girl into young adulthood: I became just like my granny. I look in the mirror and see the obstinate gray hairs framing my face, and then there’s the fact that I can’t get up off the couch too quickly for fear of pulling a muscle I had no idea ...

Kowalewski: Honoring my mom’s dying request: ‘Tell my story’

Six months before my mom died, she began writing memories in a spiral-bound notebook. Once multiple myeloma took away her ability to write, she handed me that notebook and asked me to tell her story. In honor of my mom’s request, I’m sharing snippets from her childhood in her own words. But ...

The Homefront: The journey of becoming my mother’s mother

My mother turns 91 years old next week. Her existence has evolved as the decades passed. Her physical self slowly changed over time. She, who could run and not be weary and walk forever, began to be weary. She needed help lifting heavy things, paused more often to catch her breath and sometimes ...

Guest opinion: Why the Manhattan jury won’t convict Trump

Donald Trump is finally on trial. And many think he might finally pay for his crimes (or at least some of them). Some even believe a conviction and jail sentence could prevent Trump from retaking the presidency if he wins the election in November. If only wishing made it so. Donald Trump ...

Guest opinion: Religion, morality and voting in the 2024 elections

Donald Trump should be the antithesis of a Republican presidential candidate. He rarely attends church. He has little knowledge of the Bible. He is twice divorced and is well known for multiple affairs between and even during his marriages. He was successfully sued for sexual assault. And he is ...

Guest opinion: Misinformation and misconceptions about immigration

The Wall Street Journal (March 17-24, 2024) conducted a poll of 600 registered voters and found that in the states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the top issue of concern to voters in the 2024 presidential election is immigration — except in ...

Johnston: Funeral luncheons, volume 3

My mom is ridiculous. This isn’t the kind of thing a good son writes about his mother, but I think the evidence bears it out. People ought to know. Mom sends boxes of cookies and dessert bars to my kids as if they’re deployed on some humanitarian mission in a developing nation when, in ...

Guest opinion: Lawn Care 101

What is the secret to a beautiful lawn? Today, I thought I’d share my annual spring ritual, which is guaranteed to give you, if not a beautiful lawn, at least one that looks like mine. I usually start the year with the simple task of spraying the weeds in the driveway with weed killer. I ...