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The ‘minimum wage’: There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Jeffrey Dorfman's picture

Last month (May), voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland’s first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed.

A large part of its rejection at the ballot box was a strong informational campaign by employer groups who explained that such a high minimum wage would mean many lower wage workers losing their jobs. Read More»

The Ambassador and the post office

Thomas Sowell's picture

At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain’s Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: the Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. Read More»

Bergdahl: Is he a war hero or a deserter?

Pat Buchanan's picture

“We needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life.”

So said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, an Army sergeant in Vietnam, of Barack Obama’s trade of five hard-core Taliban leaders at Guantanamo for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for five years.

The trade speaks well of America’s‘s resolve to leave no soldier behind. And the country surely shared the joy of Bergdahl’s family on learning their son was alive and coming home. Read More»

Your trash becomes my spring yard work

Dr. Gary L. Welton's picture

After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The daffodils were starting to poke up. Indeed, that last little pile of snow disappeared that very afternoon. Then I looked toward the road.

The melted snow had revealed enough litter to fill my entire garbage can. Fast food wrappers and cups; beverage cans and bottles; even a few diapers. Read More»

Hot pink luggage

Ronda Rich's picture

Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama’s house. That’s when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.

You know the feeling, I am sure. You find something that somewhere back in time meant so much, but years have passed and you have forgotten its existence. Then you find it and it’s like running into an old friend who reminds you of happy times. Read More»

The Summer of '99

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The Summer of ’99 will go down in our personal history as one of the best we’ve had together.

We didn’t travel to speak of. Didn’t do much boating. The weather was not especially pleasant.

But 1999 was the Summer of the Boat. This was the summer we refurbished, added to and made a 25-foot Nimble Nomad trawler our own.

Two previous owners had loaded her with toys that would have taken us years to add. Life jackets for more people than the boat would comfortably carry. Electronics Dave had only dreamed of. Pots and pans, plates and tableware – even a tinkly little set of wind chimes. Read More»

Smells and memories

David Epps's picture

I was with someone recently who was using one of those “vape” things, “E-cigarettes,” that help people to either cut down on smoking or to smoke without the tar and carcinogens. From the vapor, or “smoke,” came a very pleasant aroma that triggered something happy in my mind.

“What is that smell?” I asked.

He took the vape out of his mouth and said, “It’s the aroma of pipe smoke.”

“Ah,” I thought. “There’s the memory!” Read More»

Great Marshmallow War of '65

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Great War of ’65

Last week we left the kids from Flamingo Street camped out in Neighbor Thomas’s backyard. With a roaring campfire, they were sugared up on s’mores, bored, and looking for something to do. What they found was an adventure none would ever forget. Read More»

Memorial Day and the Battle Hymn

Bonnie Willis's picture

Like many families in the U.S., my family spent this past Memorial Day by inviting friends over, grilling, and enjoying the freedoms that our men and women in uniform secured for us.

My children posted a small flag in our garden to honor the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for this nation. When I see a service member, I marvel at how they make such a selfless decision, and often ask myself, how does one willingly leave their home and family to serve a nation?
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The VA, the NHS and choice

Cal Thomas's picture

PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland — President Obama Wednesday replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won’t comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held “accountable,” if they violated the law. Good luck with that. Read More»