Imagine that you have owned a family-friendly pizza restaurant for about a decade in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Suddenly, without warning, you’re getting slimed by sickos on the Internet with death threats and obscenities.

Imagine that you have owned a family-friendly pizza restaurant for about a decade in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Suddenly, without warning, you’re getting slimed by sickos on the Internet with death threats and obscenities.

Ronald Reagan was president when Michael Madigan, a Democrat, became speaker of the Illinois House in 1983. Reagan served two terms and died in 2004, and his name adorns schools, roads, parks and an airport. A generation has passed since he left the White House.

‘Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore ‘‘foodies’’ put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.

Was this a ‘‘change election’’? Donald Trump’s victory is widely attributed to the public’s thirst for something new, which he represented and Hillary Clinton didn’t. It would be more accurate to say the outcome stemmed from too much change – which has discombobulated conservatives, as well …

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a revised and updated version of a column first published in November 2002.

HARRISBURG – The state freed the six-pack and uncorked wine sales in grocery stores. But recent changes to its liquor laws may come with a cost, critics warn, at least for shoppers in state-run liquor stores.

I HAVE TO admit I am fascinated by Stephen Hawking. First of all the guy is brilliant and he comes up with interesting views of the universe.

‘‘We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country. And governors and mayors are pleading to fund it. The minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.’’ – President-elect Barack Obama, December 2008

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Too many people believe fake news on the internet. What’s worse, they share it with gullible souls on Facebook, Google and other social media, badly blurring the picture of what’s true and what’s not.

Terry Brown is a 55-year-old plumber in Stanley, North Carolina, a small town that is 90 percent white and whose motto is ‘‘Jesus Saves.’’ He is the sort of person media elites and coastal liberals allegedly overlooked or scorned before Donald Trump’s surprise victory.

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One of the hallmarks of American Democracy is the peaceful and respectful transfer of presidential power after the voters have had their say. On Tuesday tens of millions of Americans spoke and chose Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.

‘‘Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.’’ So wrote H.L. Mencken a century ago. In our form of democracy, though, the people often don’t get what they want. But with the election of Donald Trump, that is about to change.

You’d think there’d have been more laughs. Hard-fought political campaigns drenched in sweat and tears usually produce moments of levity. But Americans seem to have lost their sense of humor, becoming late-night angry, frustrated and sick with anxiety.

WASHINGTON – Think again if you believe the immediate post-election period will bring relief from the political turmoil that has plagued the nation as seldom before. Whoever wins – Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – the chaos is likely to be as disrupting as it has been the last two years, an…

HERE ARE are some thoughts from a guy who is now planning his trip to Hawaii after learning he may be receiving a 1 percent cut in his county taxes next year.

In November 1999, presidential candidate George W. Bush sat down for a radio interview. A reporter asked him to name the leaders of Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan, all of which had been in the news. He could come up with only one.

Spurred by screaming headlines about ‘‘skyrocketing’’ premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton’s colorful quote regarding the Affordable Care Act. No, Clinton didn’t call it ‘‘crazy.’’

HARRISBURG — The U.S. Senate race doesn’t have the sizzle of the presidential election, but then few presidential elections have had the theatrics of this one.

In 2003, Donald Trump recalled that he married Marla Maples because she was expecting. She was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant. He was not.

MY OLD softball teammate Jeff Greenburg sounded a bit worn out the other day. He was even more stressed than when he played third base and I pitched a meatball to the batter, which he knew would soon be coming his way like a rocket. 

We live in the information age, which is called that for the same reason the ice age got its name: an overwhelming proliferation of the stuff. We automatically assume that more information is better than less. But as the dinosaurs learned about ice, even something useful can be dangerous in excess.

It seems ages ago, but recall when the second presidential debate was deemed the sink-or-swim moment for the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. The slobbering sex tape had just come out, causing many fearful Republicans to dis-endorse him. One more astounding meltdown on the debate stage and Trum…

WASHINGTON – What did Donald Trump have left to lose Sunday night? His dignity? Please. His campaign’s theme? His Cleveland convention was a mini-Nuremberg rally for Republicans whose three-word recipe for making America great again was the shriek “Lock her up!” This presaged his Banana Repu…

There is a perverse symmetry on display in Afghanistan right now. Fifteen years ago, American warplanes bombed targets there, beginning an offensive against the Taliban government and al-Qaida precipitated by the 9/11 attacks. This week, they were in action once again.

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