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Adventures in Parenting: In search of a day care

Because of the time of year our son was born, my wife and I didn’t have to worry about day care for him until recently. My wife’s a teacher and her maternity leave ended right as school let out for the summer, so she’s been able to stay home with him since he was born.

LARRY PHILLIPS: State Affairs covers wide range

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the charges given to the House Committee on State Affairs, which studies a number of diverse issues pertaining to state governance.


This summer I have traveled a lot and attended several conventions. No, not the ones with the elephant and the donkey. I accompanied my wife to two different women’s conventions, one in Minnesota and one in Texas, where they pooled their resources to support the spread of the good news of Jesus in this country and around the world.

EDITORIAL: Governments get creative

The best solutions are almost always creative ones. To get to these solutions, however, takes leaders willing to think outside the norm and stretch the comfort of those around them. It takes someone willing to push back when they’re told, “But we’ve always done it this way,” or “That will never work.”

ERIK WEMPLE: Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly vouches for slaves’ living conditions

PHILADELPHIA - On Monday night in a widely praised speech here at the Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama made a poignant observation about her life and race in America: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters - two beautiful, intelligent, black young women - playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

MARK BUCHANAN: How Donald Trump could start a war with Russia

Donald Trump has expressed some radical thoughts about foreign policy — including that the U.S., as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, can choose whether or not to come to the aid of an ally under attack. To better understand how alarmingly wrong such thinking is, it’s worth reading a new novel by a former high-ranking NATO official.