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Doggie Slobber is Good for Kids

. Here’s a tail-wagging excerpt from a book you might want to fetch: Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World, reprinted by permission of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. It’s by the power team of Dr. Brett Finlay, a microbiologist specializing in bacterial infections who is also the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the […]

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Time to go inside, kids!

“We Stayed Out till The Streetlights Came On. But Times Have Changed”

. “Of course we ran around as kids. Happiest days of my life! But times are different today…” To those who say that, here is this, from Johan Norberg in The Spectator: ‘We have fallen upon evil times, politics is corrupt and the social fabric is fraying.’ Who said that? Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders?…It’s difficult […]

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Sometimes a windowless white van is just a windowless white van. In fact, almost always.


. Here’s an excerpt from my piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: A Parent’s Nightmare—Increasingly Unlikely by Lenore Skenazy In the past two decades stranger-danger child murders have dropped enormously, according to a new Justice Department report. In 1997 there were 115 “stereotypical” kidnappings of children under age 17—“stereotypical” roughly translating to “like the ones […]

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Girl Reporter.

Why Are People So Mad at the Girl Reporter, Age 9, Covering a Murder?

. This story is everywhere today. As CBS News reports: A 9-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes. Hilde Kate Lysiak got a tip Saturday afternoon about something untoward happening on 9th street in […]

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