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Tom Purcell

Reformed, but not simplified

If only tax simplification were true.
You see, one of the promises of the Republican tax-reform bill was that taxes would become way simpler for the majority of Americans to file — that we’d be able to file our taxes on a form the size of a postcard — but that isn’t entirely so.
Sure, the standard deduction will almost double, from $6,350 to $12,000 for single filers, from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples who file jointly.
That means many lower- and middle-income taxpayers will be able to file their taxes simply.

Michael Reagan

A holly jolly tax bill

What a difference a historic Republican tax bill makes.
The liberal media and Democrats, of course, hate what Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have done without a single Democrat vote.
They are trying their best to degrade, dismiss or deliberately misrepresent the broad benefits that the bill will bring to the half of American households that pay federal income taxes and to the economy in general.
But even some in the Trump-Hate Media have had to admit that the president ended his first busy and rocky year in office with a major political victory.

Danny Tyree

Did the Pentagon act alone in employing UFO hunters?

When I was in sixth grade, my impassioned 4-H speech about the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors didn’t even merit an Honorable Mention (my fifth-grade speech about our thumb-sucking CAT had taken me all the way to the county level!); so I can empathize with those military intelligence officials who are being ridiculed for the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program.
Surely, you’ve heard about the New York Times investigation of the Pentagon’s secret UFO research program, a classified operation which SUPPOSEDLY ended in 2012.

John Micek

Christmas traditions are the best

It’s the Monday before Christmas, and my daughter, her hair tied up snugly in a bun, plops herself down in the front seat of my car. And as I aim my trusty German import in the direction of her ballet school, she turns to me, her face aglow in the gray afternoon light, a plea in her eyes.
“Can you turn on your Christmas playlist, Daddy?” she asks.
“Of course,” I tell her.
At a stop sign, I fiddle with my phone, tap the Spotify app, and a in a couple of seconds my 12-year-old and I are singing along at the top of our lungs to an absolute holiday classic:

Susan Stamper Brown

An Alaskan Christmas story

Americans need a good dose of Christmas.
As a nation, we are desperately lost, emotionally broken, spiritually deprived and headed for the same fate our “unadoptable” Alaskan husky dog was before my husband and I welcomed her into our home.
It’s been four years since we adopted Kenai, a skeletal ball of nerves wrapped in cinnamon colored fur with spotty white “socks.” Obviously abused, she had zero trust in humans and no confidence in herself. Animal control officers almost deemed her unadoptable.

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