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A call for shared learning

January is National Mentoring Month. Most of us can recall a time in our lives when someone — a teacher, a pastor, a coach, a friend — became a guide for a moment and a mentor for life. Mentoring is defined as a relationship in which an experienced party assists another in developing knowledge and skills that will enhance the other’s growth. In essence, mentoring is shared learning.

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The Democrats’ unwarranted partisan assault on the Electoral College

In various articles I have discussed the historic reasons for the inclusion of the Electoral College process in presidential elections, citing specific reasons the Founding Fathers, soon after gaining American independence from the British Empire and experiencing the deficiencies of the articles of confederation, finally framed a constitutional republic at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.

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How the Electoral College kept four California counties from dictating to the entire nation

As Ronald Reagan used to say, when repeatedly correcting misstatements, “There we go again.” And yes, I repeatedly hear the United States of America referred to as a democracy by both parroting ignorants as well as those who know or should know better. Just recently a letter to the editor in my local paper argued that the Electoral College is not a good system because, “in a true democracy every vote should count and the candidate who gets the most votes should win.” Attempting logic with an Aristotelian syllogism, the writer continued, “Two of the last three men elected president were runners-up in popular votes in their initial elections. This indicates either the system is flawed or that the apportionment of electors is inequitable.”

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Attempting to get closer to the truth

As one who has had several essays about columnist Bill Cummings published in The Telegraph over the past year or so, I was struck by Bill Ferguson’s recent column on the same subject (“Heresy on the editorial page,” Dec. 9). The ongoing conversation about Christianity between Cummings and his readers is indeed rare and remarkable in a daily newspaper, far elevated above the usual newspaper fare, and The Telegraph should be commended for allowing it.

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Politicization and a potential Fifth Column in Obama’s CIA is disturbing

No one can accuse me of being an inorderly harsh critic of the Central Intelligence Agency. Quite the opposite. I have written at least two articles defending the CIA over the years, even when politically incorrect to do so. Truth be told, unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has been relatively left unscathed by the political establishment and the mainstream media — even and despite such atrocities as were committed by the FBI (with the connivance of the roguish Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms at Ruby Ridge (1992) and Waco (1994) — the CIA has been a punching bag not only for left-wing conspiracy wackos but also the liberal) media.

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Significance of the Bill of Rights

Every clause in the Bill of Rights has its own history, and each of those histories has two main parts. We need one story about the origins of particular rights, and another about their modern judicial interpretation.

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Why is China so upset about Trump’s Taiwan call – and could it lead to war?

The fact that Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to have a call with his Taiwanese counterpart in nearly four decades, seriously upsetting China in the process, might come as a shock when you think that Taiwan is the world’s 22nd largest economy. The answer as to why this call has taken so long – and has caused so much trouble – is fascinating and goes back years. In fact, even though Taiwan has managed to work wonders, including manufacturing 80 percent of the world’s computer notebooks, it somehow has failed to be recognized as an independent state by the rest of the world.

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Trump, Taiwan and China — a phone call and a change in direction?

Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s President Tsai-Ing-wen on Dec. 3, triggering a thunderstorm of media clatter and protestations. Some mainstream media analysts were “aghast” at the incident. But the fact is Trump was correct to take the call from the diminutive but steely, determined and democratically elected Taiwanese president. The Taiwanese have lived under the threat of invasion and even nuclear attack from the communist Chinese for decades.

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Remembering those aboard the USS Arizona

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson’s mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship’s main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck on a serene Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor.

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Fidel Castro is dead and history will condemn, not absolve him

Fidel Castro is dead. Yes, the communist sultan finally expired Friday evening, Nov. 25. The news was ushered with an excellent editorial by The Miami Herald that argues Fidel Castro had become irrelevant. The editorial is a concise recapitulation of his life and influence over seven decades. But the truth is that despite having become irrelevant, Fidel leaves behind a twisted legacy of communist tyranny and evil personal dictatorship that cost at least 40,000 lives in Cuba alone and millions of other countless victims of wars, deprivation and suffering throughout Latin America and Africa.

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American policies made Fidel Castro

I met Fidel Castro in 1984 at the World Trade Fair in Leipzig, East Germany. He was an impressive man — tall, vigorous and with an intelligent presence. When we were introduced by our East German hosts, I shook his hand and said, “So you are the Castro that has been causing the U.S. so many problems.” He responded quickly with a chuckle and in fairly good English, “No, it is your country that has been the troublemaker.”

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Rediscovering Thanksgiving

Three hundred ninety-five years ago, the Pilgrims and Native Americans joined together for a three-day feast that has come to be known as the First Thanksgiving. The gathering pointed the way to the diverse people we have become.

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The view from one Clinton supporter

In his Nov. 14 letter to the editor, Mike Smith attempted to demonize both Hillary Clinton and the almost 61 million citizens who voted for her in the recent presidential election by declaring that Clinton supporters “might need professional help.” This letter attempts to present an alternative view from one who resents this kind of volatile, hate-filled, wholesale condemnation of over half of those who cast a ballot.

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Veterans: The foundation of our freedom

These days, it’s hard to turn on a television without being inundated with images of chaos, death and destruction. The 24-hour news cycle has drastically changed how media covers current events — from presidential elections to natural disasters. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the weight of the world and the seemingly endless negative coverage that permeates our news outlets.

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Donald Trump President Elect — one man’s view of the 2016 election coverage

I don’t watch television frequently, but I did so last night, and my wife and I stayed up for the U.S. presidential election coverage until it was over. We alternated watching between ABC News and CBS News. On ABC, George Stephanopoulos and Cokie Roberts and the roaming correspondent Cecilia Vega were some of the main commentators. On CBS the lead commentators were retired news veterans Charles Gibson and Bob Schieffer, as well as Charlie Rose and roaming correspondent Nancy Cordes.