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The benefits of prudence

In September 1958, a future columnist, then 17, was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free mini-packs of cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Six years later — 40 years ago: Jan. 11, 1964 — when the Surgeon General published the report declaring tobacco carcinogenic, more than 40 percent of American adults smoked. Today, when smoking is considered declassee rather than sophisticated, fewer than one-fifth do.
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The American story of slavery

WASHINGTON —Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

Chicago at war over student testing

CHICAGO — As education reform takes hold across the country, we find ourselves traveling through another dimension — one not only of hysterics but also of childish behavior. There’s a signpost up ahead, our next stop: The Stupid Zone!

The face of IRS behavior

What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.

The wages of weakness

Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come.

Chamber supporting ‘Lifted’

As many of you may have heard, we here at North 40 Productions are producing a film entitled “Lifted” that celebrates the love skiers and snowboarders have for their sport and their home mountain, set at our local ski area, Mission Ridge. Once finished, after throwing a giant party with the Mission Ridge community, the plan is to push this movie in front of a much wider audience through national broadcast television and worldwide digital platforms like iTunes and Netflix.

A wise investment in America

President Obama used very personal terms to introduce his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign to help young minority men with a variety of coordinated intervention efforts. Citing his own childhood struggles, his anger and subsequent poor decisions — including drug use — Obama made clear that this new effort is very dear to him.

Once upon a moonbeam

In matters cultural, California has always been America’s petri dish. Whatever happened in California usually infiltrated the rest of the country.

Misreading Putin, and history

One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
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GOP’s crocodile tears over jobs

WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.

As a nation, we’re still too fat

CHICAGO — If the recently announced dramatic decline in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds holds steady, then in about 18 years it will be fair to say a dent has been made in the obesity epidemic.

GOP choosing candidates more wisely

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In today’s unforgiving politics, both parties often think: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t darken our door again.” Ken Buck, however, had another idea.

Obama’s best hope for change

President Obama’s new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — “My Brother’s Keeper” — is cause for cheer.