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Rowers paddle down the Charles River near the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Segregated commencement at Harvard

The commencement season is at hand, soon school will be suspended for the summer, and the silly season is at hand. Students are competing with the college dean and the university president to be the Sophomore of the Year.

In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, a Hanford Patrol officer blocks traffic on Route 4S that leads to 200 East Area, where an emergency has been declared at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex in southeastern Washington. The collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste at Hanford underscored what critics have long been saying: that the toxic remnants of the Cold War are being stored in haphazard and unsafe conditions, and time is running out to deal with the problem. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

When government waste is radioactive

Government waste is bad; radioactive government waste is badder. Billions of dollars were spent on a nuclear-waste repository in Nevada and it sits abandoned. President Trump should cut out the regulatory obstruction and redeem one of the most embarrassing boondoggles ever, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

Unrealistic minimum wages and maximum grief

The continuing increases in the minimum wage is curdling the cream in the coffee at many restaurants, and nowhere more than in New York City, the nation's top town for a variety of good eats. A $2 minimum wage increase to $11 became effective at the end of 2016, and the impact on restaurants, just now emerging, has been startling.

FILE - In this May 10, 2017, file photo, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Addressing the nation after taking the oath of office on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to eventually move out of the Blue House, where every modern South Korean president has lived and worked since the end of World War II. (JungJ Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP)

'Groundhog Day' in South Korea

With electing a new president, South Korea has fallen into a familiar pattern that promises to revive a governing philosophy of years past. Unfortunately it's a philosophy that failed in previous attempts to deal successfully in the one area crucial to the survival of the nation, resolving the long-standing internecine conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The menace from a nuclear North Korea is likely to persist with no end in sight.

Multiple Media Research Center reports cite the press for their overblown coverage of FBI director James Comey's firing, which compared the event to Watergate. (Image from Media Research Center)

Gathering of the mob

The sky is falling, or it soon will be. That's the verdict of the chattering class in Washington, where making smoke, sometimes without a fire, is the leading industry. The sacking of James Comey, the director of the FBI, has put the cat among the pigeons, and they rarely fly in tight formation.

South Korea's presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party answers a reporter's question after voting in the presidential election at a local polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. South Koreans voted Tuesday for a new president, with victory widely predicted for a liberal candidate who has pledged to improve ties with North Korea, re-examine a contentious U.S. missile shield, and push sweeping economic changes. (Im Hun-jung/Yonhap via AP)

Travel for the brave and foolish

Travel can be broadening, but in certain places it can turn out to be confining, too. Travel to North Korea, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is particularly dangerous for tourists who don't pay close attention to the rules.

In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Russia-Rice mashup

Spending other people's money is the favorite pastime in Washington, but taking up the magnifying glass to follow the trail of mischief-makers, real and imagined, is a close second. The trail of Russian collusion, if any, with associates of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election has gone stone cold, but the investigation of the suspected Obama administration spying on the Trump team continues to turn up evidence. The trail is leading uncomfortably close to home.

And can't we get a laugh?

There was a time, and not so long ago, when the conversation at the water cooler got no more heated than a discussion of how sharp or disappointing the previous night's episode of "Seinfeld." Jerry Seinfeld now complains bitterly that hypersensitivity spawned by political correctness is killing comedy.

Roxanne White, right, a member of the Yakama Nation, sings during a protest inside a Chase bank branch Monday, May 8, 2017, in Seattle. Climate activists opposed to oil pipeline projects demonstrated at several JPMorgan Chase bank locations in Seattle on Monday, calling on the bank not to do business with TransCanada, the company pushing for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

When protest becomes a laugh riot

Demonstrators angered that Americans have turned their backs on the liberal-left agenda are trading earnest discussion for angry rhetoric, and sometimes violence. When protests break the law, ruffians who fancy themselves above the law are surprised to find themselves treated like common criminals. Democratic societies traditionally show a degree of tolerance for the excesses of political conflict, but patience is running out and the system is striking back.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, the 24th Boeing 787 airplane purchased by Qatar Airways is photographed, during a delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash. FIFA has signed up Qatar Airways as a sponsor through 2022 when the World Cup is staged in the Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The unfriendly skies

America's airlines have their faults, but they can't be accused of discrimination. All passengers are treated the same, reduced to cargo, and the beauty part is that the cargo is self-loaded.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, flanked by then-Commerce Secretary-designate Wilbur Ross, left, and Harley Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich, talks to media before a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he is holding it a little more ajar for some organizations than others. Trump has put out the welcome mat for the nations construction trades, with whom hes had relationships during decades of building office towers and hotels. Also invited in have been auto, steel and coal workers who backed him during the 2016 election. But theres been no White House invitation for other unions representing the nations sprawling _ but shrinking _ pool of 14.6 million workers who collectively bargain with employers in the labor movement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A first bite of an apple

The eagerly anticipated presidential executive order to make it easier for churches and pastors to participate in election campaigns falls short of what many religious conservatives, many of whom supported Donald Trump for president, hoped for. Mr. Trump signed it with considerable Rose Garden ruffles and flourishes, but many of his friends called it "disappointingly vague" or at best "just the first bite at the apple, not the last."

In this June 5, 2014, file photo, a Border Patrol agent uses a headset and computer to conduct a long-distance interview by video from a facility in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Waking up the Dreamers

"True immigration reform," said the Federation for American Immigration Reform just three weeks after Donald Trump was dispatched to the Oval Office, "must begin with the recognition that our policies exist to serve and protect the vital interests of the American people."

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF FEB. 1 - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Girl Scout Troop 6111 member Julia Caldwell, 10, from left, shows off the scarf she is making for the  Evergreen Community Initiative to other members Ella Bancker, 11, and, Ellie Weisbrot, 10, at Plover-Whiting Elementary School in Stevens Point, Wis. The community initiative gives scarves away to those in need. The scarves are currently hanging on trees by the Portage County Library. (Megan McCormick/The Stevens Point Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Another defection from the Girl Scouts

Once upon a time nothing could have been less controversial than the Girl Scouts. Scouting taught the universal values of moral character, patriotism, community service and a love of learning. Scouting taught the virtues grounded in faith.

Senate Democrats discuss an education bill they will debate in the Senate, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, during a meeting at the Capitol, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Keeler /Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Dilemma in Omaha

If you're a Democrat who opposes abortion, even if ever so timidly, you have to ride at the back of the party bus if you get to ride at all. This is the lesson that Heath Mello, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Omaha, a mild blue city in a deep-red state, is learning to his considerable chagrin.

Loose talk about gasoline taxes

Talk is cheap, but talk of an increase in the federal tax on gasoline could be costly, indeed. Such talk is not the message the economy, still struggling to get up from its knees, wants to hear. President Trump is trying to overcome eight years of inertia from anti-growth Obamanomics, and until the great American economic machine swallows all the coughs and hiccups and roars fully back to life, taxes are for cutting, not raising.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by, from left Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The nation of laws at bay

Americans have always taken a certain pride in the fact, heretofore honored, that the United States is a nation of laws. Now America is more accurately "sometimes a nation of laws" — you can just observe the laws you like. Even federal judges sometimes take this approach.

FILE - In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Moderate Republicans face intense pressure on their party's latest attempt to scrap Democrat Barack Obama's health care law, from President Donald Trump, House GOP leaders, medical professionals and outside political groups. If the GOP bill became law, congressional analysts estimate that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Reloading repeal-and-replace

Some things are worth an extra wait. Better health care could be one of them. Voters are about to see whether Obamacare repeal-and-replace is finally ready for prime time. If congressional Republicans who couldn't find common ground to pass the American Health Care Act a month ago can do it now, a major drag on President Trump's first hundred days won't be a drag on the second hundred. It would tell the Democrats, loud and clear, that resistance and insurrection are not working.

Demonstrators wearing papier-mch heads representing President Donald Trump and the planet Earth, walk along Pennsylvania Ave., in front of the White House in Washington, during a demonstration and march, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Thousands of people gather across the country to march in protest of President Donald Trump's environmental policies, which have included rolling back restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Climate march madness

America is the land of opportunity for everyone. Since Donald Trump was elected president, there has been no end to the occasions for the losers to pull on their sneakers and take to the streets. They only have to remember the cause of the day and show up with an appropriate sign or banner. Marching is the social life of the lonely and the sore of foot.

Two girls wearing umbrella hats talk at each other on Tiananmen Square during the May Day holiday in Beijing, Monday, May 1, 2017. Millions of Chinese are taking advantage of the May Day holidays to visit popular tourist sites. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A wary eye on China

China is an important part of the American economy. We're happy to have them buy up our debt, but integrating Chinese companies into the domestic marketplace is another matter. The Chinese economy is in no way transparent as most Western economies are. Without evidence to the contrary, evidence usually difficult to obtain, it's reasonable to presume that any "private" Chinese company is linked to the Chinese government.

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