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Discussions of ‘culture of rape’ ask wrong question

Writing about rape, as a man, is a fool’s errand, but it’s one I feel compelled to undertake. Men are imprisoned for rape at a 99-1 ratio to women, according the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics. So since men are all-but precluded from suffering the consequences of rape, some people believe they therefore have no ground on which to stand while debating rape-related issues.

LETTER: Cheap gas is good for America

The Saudis have lowered the price of oil to undermine ISIS’ ability to fund itself. ISIS controls oil facilities in both Syria and Iraq and is making an estimate $1 million a day. Considering what could happen if ISIS continues its path of conflagration; the Saudis are making a smart move.

LETTER: Dental care matters

Recently a dear friend of my family came to visit. He has been through some tough times over the past five years. He was laid off from a great job with good health and dental insurance. He has spent the past five years working odd jobs to make ends meet. In his most recent job interview, he was well qualified and would have been hired but was told he has to smile for this job and he can’t due to the shape his teeth are in. He has lost his health and his smile because he no longer can afford dental care.

Still time to turn in wish lists

Just a few more days till Thanksgiving; my where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was digging out my folder on the Herald Democrat Wish Lists and now it is almost time to start running them in the paper. A few nonprofits have already marked sending us their wish list off their holiday to-do lists. But many more still need to send along their list of wishes and needs so our readers can help them out.

Let’s reminisce: Faultless starch

While listening to a radio interview with novelist Richard Ford, I was shocked to hear him say that his father made a living selling Faultless starch — in bulk, by the railroad carload. Instantly I recalled seeing boxes of Faultless starch used by my mother when doing laundry. Of course, this product is still on sale in stores, but it now comes in aerosol cans. When I looked it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that the company that makes it was founded in 1886 and remains privately owned, which is a rare thing. Its second flagship product, Bon Ami cleanser, has also been around for more than a century and is still a top seller.

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Wonkblog: Justice and Congress are begging each other to reform marijuana laws. So why hasn’t either budged?

WASHINGTON — The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned — literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug reform advocates have pushed the DEA to change its position for years, citing decades of research on the relative harmlessness of weed compared with other drugs — including alcohol — but the agency hasn’t budged, even as public opinion has rapidly evolved.

The holiday cooking horrors we share

Just in time for the holiday season, I finally did it. I made gravy, from scratch. OK, all of you foodies can stop laughing. It was quite the accomplishment. I made sausage gravy to go with biscuits. The bread was frozen but baked at home. I see no need to try to do too much at one time when it comes to cooking.

Dear snow-trolls: Winter weather does not refute global warming

WASHINGTON — If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week — an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths — and the Weather Channel says that parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes region may experience “one of the longest sub-freezing spells on record for the month of November.” But the whole United States has been quite cold. In Washington, D.C., Tuesday night, a weather emergency was announced due to the expectation of extremely cold temperatures.

CAL THOMAS: Unfaithfully executing the law

President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation, in effect granting amnesty to up to 5 million people.

Thanksgiving tidbits

It’s almost that time. Just one week and we will all be gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing (or stuffing depending on your particular choice here), cranberry sauce and an array other carb-filled dishes.