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    Decades of excessive spending, paid with debt, are hitting America’s credit rating. On Aug. 1, Fitch Ratings downgraded the United States federal government’s rating from AAA, the best, to AA+, one notch below. Fitch blamed “the expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years, a high and growing general government debt burden, the erosion of governance” and two decades of “debt standoff” over raising the debt ceiling.

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      DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have three children, and I feel really lucky to be able to stay home with them. I appreciate how hard my husband works so that I can do this. Our kids are young, so we are in a somewhat tedious season of life, without a lot of rest. But it's just a season, and it's already going by so fast.

      Alicia Mohondro lost her home in the wildfire that tore through the western Maui community of Lahaina. She says she received no warnings before she was forced to flee amid heavy smoke and flames and hopes the disaster will lead to a change in the alert system. 'The fire was so fast, it was a…


      LETTER to the Journal: "Do you really think a future Republican Auditor would have to ask permission from those being investigated before proceeding?"

      LETTER to the Journal: I was born and raised in Plymouth County and was saddened by the recent poll that showed a majority of the county's residents support Trump for a second chance at an insurrection.

      MINI: "Is the USS Sioux City really being decommissioned? And here Joni Ernst said she would "make Washington squeal" by cutting waste and graft. I was proud to have donated for the vessel but now feel cheated ..." — Richard Roth, Sioux City

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