Congress fiddles while America burns

by Jane Chastain -- Legend has it that the emperor Nero played the fiddle while the ancient city of Rome burned for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving more…

2 economic systems: Choose wisely

by Jane Chastain -- My most recent column brought out some crazies, largely due to the attention-catching headline that included a reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest member of Congress. For more…

Mandatory recycling is garbage

by Jane Chastain -- Mandatory recycling is the least effective way to take care of the nation's trash, and it is getting more expensive by the day. One of the least reported more…

How to stay happy in a deeply divided country

by Jane Chastain -- "If it bleeds it leads" is an axiom of television news. Therefore, if one regularly watches the nightly newscasts, you come away feeling that our country is going more…

Why all the fuss over N.Y. abortion law?

by Jane Chastain -- When I arrived at church for a mid-week Bible study, the place was abuzz with the news that New York had just passed a horrendous abortion law that more…

The party of line breakers and gate crashers

by Jane Chastain -- As children, we don't know much about politics, but we understand the need for rules, laws if you will, and discipline for those who break them. Without rules more…

The networks' 'Groundhog Day' newscasts

by Jane Chastain -- The movie classic "Groundhog Day" has made this popular tradition, celebrated each Feb. 2, synonymous with something that is intolerably boring. However, Groundhog Day has come early this more…

On border, Trump's leadership shines

by Jane Chastain -- In a short Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday, President Trump made his case for the need for a permanent solution to the serious problems on our more…