A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between 17 and 40 billion dollars to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan. Yet that is just what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) did last month when it extended a new loan to the government of Ukraine.

Many students have come to believe that a college degree automatically provides the graduate with an open door to a good-paying job in the student’s field of study. But what's the reality?

“Skip the preaching, Howie! Just give me my blankety-blank cup of coffee.”

That was the reaction of many Starbucks customers when they learned that their morning cup of caffeine was going to be accompanied by an invitation to chat with their server about race relations in America.

Income differences can be the result of something other than capitalist greed, racism, sexism, union busting, gluttonous stockholders, globalization, imports, automation, or the grasping shenanigans of the top 1 percent.

Democracy and majority rule confer an aura of legitimacy and respectability on acts that would otherwise be deemed tyrannical.

If you think we have a bunch of low-information voters going to the polls now, just wait until everyone at least 18 years old is required to cast a ballot. We already know that most people who do vote have no idea who their congressman is. They can’t tell you the names of their two senators. And, of course, they don’t have a clue about the other names and issues they’re asked to decide.

It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation. But no one deserved it more than Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore as an independent country in 1959.

Anyone who claims that JBS leaders (past or present) ever intended to have Congress create a constitutional convention either doesn’t know what he or she is talking about or is being deceitful.

Gong Hay Fat Choy! [Happy New Year!] The Chinese Year of the Sheep is upon us. Sheep are known for trying to make people happy and being loyal followers. Too many of our elected “leaders” have lived their careers in the Year of the Sheep.

Scientist Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t agree with the fright peddlers who insist that man-caused global warming is propelling the planet toward a cataclysm. For steadfastly maintaining his position, he has become the target of many who hold an opposing view.