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Updated Feb 25, 2015 at 8:40 AM

The way I see it, we have two choices.We can set up our economic system so that every able-bodied person who wants to work hard can succeed.Or we can keep wages so low that many full-time workers will need government subsidies to help them pay for things like food, rent and medical care.What we should not do is take away help from low-wage workers without first fixing the system that makes the help necessary.

Updated Feb 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM

After going a perfect six-for-six last year with my Oscar predictions, I was five-of-six this year; the acting categories weren’t hard to predict, but best directing and best picture were total coin-flips between...

Updated Feb 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Clint Eastwood’s "American Sniper," which has burst like a mortar shell on the box office since opening in December, contains a career-best performance from Bradley Cooper and is a much-needed hit for Eastwood.

Updated Feb 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

     Here we go. You may recall I was perfect last year predicting, in print, the big six categories of the Academy Awards. Let’s see if I can do it again.

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 9:14 AM

The great thing about a 10-year plan is that there are so few things that are truly impossible.In 10 years I could go from only playing golf a couple of times a year to becoming the top golfer on the Champions Tour.

Updated Feb 15, 2015 at 10:59 AM

"Selma," which looks at the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and the events surrounding them, will make you angry about the mistreatment of black individuals, happy about how far we’ve come since...

Updated Feb 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM

A friend asked me last week how I would rank the Obama administration in comparison to the other presidencies of U.S. history. He finished his query by adding, Would he be last? I will ignore his follow-up comment and focus on some comparisons,...

Updated Feb 5, 2015 at 8:07 AM

"Birdman," nominated for nine Academy Awards including best picture, best director, best actor (Michael Keaton), best supporting actor (Edward Norton), best supporting actress (Emma Stone), and best original screenplay, is...

Updated Feb 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

What is wrong with us?Vaccinations have as much business in the political arena as a rotund rodent has being trusted for a 42-day weather forecast.

Updated Feb 3, 2015 at 7:51 AM

This year’s Super Bowl was thrilling, filled with wild vicissitudes, but unfortunately, the crop of commercials did not live up to the standard set by the game. Your two humble Plaindealer correspondents, Nick Cicale and...

Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 7:51 AM

"Foxcatcher" is, as I expected, dark, brooding, and depressing--it's also a very good film. Based on the true story of an intersection with tragic results of demented multimillionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell), and...

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