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    Let freedom ring

    There have been many discussions and stories about the origins of the phrase "Let freedom ring," ranging from the ringing of the Liberty Bell at the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the lyrics in "My Country, 'tis of Thee" by Samuel Francis Smith. Although many differ on its origin, ...

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    Patriot games

    In 1985 Ronald Reagan and General Ollie North sold 1,500 missiles to a state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, in exchange for three American hostages. Reagan negotiated with terrorists, broke the sanctions and arms embargo and violated the Constitution (tinyurl.com/reagan-iran).

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    Inclusive capitalism

    If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. We should be good stewards of the environment. Take care of the planet. We should treat workers with dignity and pay them fairly. Income and wealth inequality have become a grave epidemic. We need to spread the wealth. The rules are made...

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    You can't be serious

    Two weeks ago Tom McClintock's response to Peter Cavanaugh was not only woefully inadequate but terribly misleading. Here's why.

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    Smart ALEC

    When I say smart ALEC I'm not talking about our American colloquialism for smarty pants or wise guy. I'm speaking of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Despite being in existence since 1973, it has managed to keep a very low profile while having an extraordinary influence in American legislation...

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    Best of the Cosmos

    As with the Carl Sagan's Cosmos, this one, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, is an astonishing work of artistry, creativity, technological magic, and science. It is fitting that Dr. Tyson was selected. If you saw the Cosmos series premiere, you would have learned that Dr. Tyson yearned to be a scientist...

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    7.1 million and counting

    They said it couldn't be done. Coming up on the fourth anniversary of Obama's signature legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has reached a significant milestone signing up more insurees than projected despite technical snafus.

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    Courage in Oakhurst

    The Gary Sconce/Karen Scot controversy brings to mind the expression, "All it takes is one 'aw crap' to wipe out a career of 'atta boys.'" There may be times when this is appropriate but, my goodness man, Sconce did not commit a heinous crime. What I know of Sconce is only what I have read in the...

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    A good thing

    Most of us remember and enjoyed the Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood iconic Spaghetti Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." So, too, did I enjoy Doug Macaulay's guest commentary bearing the same title in last week's Star.

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    A better way

    In last week's guest commentary, "Responding to fracking," David Johnson harshly chastised me for not only misleading, but flat-out wrong, statements about water usage for fracking, water injection and steam injection used to extract oil in Kern county. I said Kern oil producers use vast amounts...

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