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Updated at 11:58 AM

In the wake of my last column on the Oregon community college murders, several people raised a similar objection to my suggestion that we extend criminal background checks to all gun sales.In emails to me and in calls to the Alan Stock radio show on KXNT-AM 840 on Monday, the message was the same: Background checks wouldnít have stopped the Oregon murders.And thatís true. The shooter reportedly purchased his firearms legally, and presumably passed background checks to do so.

Updated at 10:12 AM

The other day I received a text message from my grandson, Alec, that said, "Whatcha doing Grandpa? Do you want to play on Saturday?" Alec who is not quite 3 yet did not actually send me a text, but I did get one from his mom...

Updated at 8:55 AM

Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On Sept. 28, the extremist Islamic movement overran the major city of Kunduz. Afghan government forces were quick to counterattack.

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Republican leaders were in disarray Wednesday after Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential candidate, showed up at the Senate carrying a Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplane, a product that had not been seen in the corridors of...

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 8:34 AM

A man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday. News reports said that nine people were killed and another nine were injured in the shooting.

Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

So what does an ironman do when the one thing they have been focused on for the better part of a year is suddenly done and in the past? If they’re someone like me, they sit around and think about the one they just finished. Ok, so...

Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 10:41 AM

In order to fix something, you have to have a plan. You have to have a beginning, and you have to know with what resources you have to work.

Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM

John Boehner (R-Ohio) appears to have stunned everyone, including friends and allies, with his announcement on Sept. 25 that he is leaving the post of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Ė and also retiring from Congress. This concludes a...

Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 10:03 AM

No matter how full our recipe box or files seems to be, there is usually room to squeeze in one more pound cake recipe.

Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Itís one of the most dismaying poll results Iíve seen: In October 2008, a month before they elected him president, 12 percent of Americans thought Barack Obama was Muslim. Seven years later, now that they know him better, 29 percent have the...

Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Is the right to counsel in Americaís courtrooms merely lip service today? Court appointed counsel and public defenders are underpaid and overworked. According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice published several years ago, court appointed...

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