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A lifesize bronze sculpture of international motorcycle racing sensation Nicky Hayden is located in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. (Cheryl Chumley/The Washington Times)

America the great: 14 days, 14 states, optimism abounds

- The Washington Times

It's easy to become jaded about America. It's easy to sit at home, listen to the news, watch the candidates duke it out, hear as the pundits bicker, moan and groan as the politicians do what politicians do -- politick -- and then think only the darkest of America's future. But go outside the bubble of bickering -- and it's a different world.

Facial masks are displayed at a shop at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Friday, July 3, 2020. California's governor is urging people to wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings as the state's coronavirus tally rises. But Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he would rely on people using common sense rather than strict enforcement of the face-covering order. Rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have soared in the past two weeks after falling last month. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Masked teens able to shoot vendor in anonymity

- The Washington Times

A street vendor in California was shot in the leg by a trio of teens who were able to escape identification and flee under cover of the medical face masks their state mandates they wear. How lucky for the criminals that face coverings are oh-so-demanded these days.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves as he arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Flipping a coin on fossil fuels: Biden energy plan could weaken the U.S. economy

The U.S. economy runs on energy, and it runs more powerfully when its fuel is affordable. Seldom has energy been more abundant than at present, and President Trump's policies have helped the juice to flow. In challenging Mr. Trump's presidency, Joe Biden is championing a fundamental transformation in energy policy. With the health of the economy the top issue of the upcoming 2020 presidential election, voters should examine whether his plan would dial the power down.

Hunter Biden's sweet deal

That darned swamp drains exceeding slowly, doesn't it? Even after gallons of "drain cleaner," it remains murky and still smells like old-fashioned political corruption ("'Use your influence': Hunter Biden report undercuts father, upends campaign," Web, Oct. 14).

Do your job, Congress

As I watched the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett last week, I was struck by the fact that our Congress menbers come well prepared to act informed and intelligent on a wide range of topics which they feel need attention. Yet Congress is filled with similar topics these same politicians have been ignoring for decades: debt reduction, immigration, etc.

Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross at the start of his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Solutions to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

In recent weeks, the danger of war between neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia has caused many to ask how this chaos might be resolved before it directly drags in other powerful players.

A pro-Armenia protester wears a protective face mask that reads: "Europe" as she holds a poster depicting Turkey's flag during a still flash mob gathering in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Death and injury tolls rose Tuesday as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces raged for a third week over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, as the United States urged both sides to adhere to a Russia-brokered cease-fire reached over the weekend. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

A Turkey wrench in our war plans

At a press conference last week in Los Angeles, every tier of lawmaker gathered at city hall to, one by one, condemn Azerbaijan's Turkish-backed invasion of its breakaway ethnic Armenian Republic of Artsakh.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Socialism's sneaky verbiage

- The Washington Times

The left will do what it can to tear down normalcy and inject chaos into society, even to the point of redefining commonly accepted words and phrases, because that's a path to Big Government. That's a road toward total government control. That's a sneaky tool of socialists and collectivists and Marxists.

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