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Federal regulations: America’s hidden tax

Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.

RedBlueAmerica: Are top American journalists revealing their bias?

George Stephanopoulos — ABC’s chief anchor, chief political correspondent and a “Good Morning America” host — last week admitted he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. The admission raised questions about his ability to cover the presidential campaign fairly, and he apologized. It turned out that PBS journalist Judy Woodruff and other media organizations and figures had also donated.

Raymond Theater appreciated

On behalf of the citizens of South Bend, I would like to say thank you Raymond Theatre for hanging on as a building through good times and bad from your first performance of the silent movie “The Jazz Singer” in 1928 to this year’s performance by the anything but silent Gypsy Jazz group Pearl Django.

16 questions Hillary Clinton should answer

As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press. On Tuesday, she broke that streak. Here are a few questions reporters might want to ask the next time she decides to give her prospective subjects an opportunity to get unscripted answers from her.

Why run for president if you don’t have a chance?

The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Putting Freddie Gray in context

It pains me to see the tortured faces of peaceful protesters mourning the loss of another community member to the unreasonable force of police officers. I am further disturbed to see people with sympathies scattered across a wide spectrum, from supporting the protesters to defending the police at all costs, collectively distracted by violent outbursts in downtown Baltimore.

Doyle McManus — Are we winning the drone war?

Almost two years ago, President Obama announced that he was tightening the rules under which the CIA carries out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. “Before any strike is taken, there must be a near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set,” he said.

Wrong question

I enjoyed reading The Best of the Twin Harbors results for 2015. This recognition encourages the good work of many businesses, organizations and individuals. But, when it comes to judging support for oil trains (volume 2), I think you missed the mark for how the question was asked and your interpretation of the responses.

Don’t let our potential for a shipyard sail

I felt compelled to write today as I thought about this community that became my home when I married a hometown boy 34 years ago. All those years ago, I made the move from Cannon Beach, Ore., a tourist town. Prior to that, I lived in nearby Seaside and I grew up in Wonder Lake, Ill., another tourist town. All those places are beautiful to look at but making a living is tough. Tourist towns do not support a lot of family-wage jobs. Shop owners may do alright, usually on a very seasonal basis. Everyone else works at or just above minimum wage, seasonally.