The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON — As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Donald Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind:

Shame on NIH; government researchers took beverage industry money for alcohol study

When leading alcoholic beverage makers pay the bulk of $100 million for a study to determine whether a daily drink leads to better health, can the research results believably be free of bias? The National Institutes of Health has seriously damaged its credibility as one of the world’s leading medical research centers by obtaining industry funding for such a study.

Jimmy Kimmel’s joke about Melania Trump’s accent hurts all immigrants

Our middle child, Marco, had a grade-school teacher named Miss Meece. My husband, with his strong Italian accent, pronounced her name as “Meese Meese.” I love my husband’s accent, so I giggled inside but said nothing. Finally, though, I decided to coach him on his pronunciation. He quickly grew frustrated and said, “What kind of a name is Miss Miss anyway?”

South Dakota asks the Supreme court to circumvent Congress and the market

WASHINGTON — South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was — stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede. In 2016, South Dakota’s Legislature picked a fight in the hope the U.S. Supreme Court would reverse a prior decision, thereby handing the state a policy victory it failed to win in Congress.