Ideas & Voices


COMMENTARY: What do you with a problem like Roy Moore?

The allegations and evidence against Senate candidate Roy Moore are piling up to the point of indefensibility. To the Washington Post’s extensively sourced story accusing him of misconduct toward girls as young as 14, the past few days have added news of an additional accuser and a report from a retired police officer saying Moore was unofficially banned from a mall for creeping on teenage girls...

Opinion: Reining in the rogue royal of Arabia

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours. Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment...

Opinion: God should sue Roy Moore for defamation

For decades, one of the most sanctimonious moralizers in U.S. politics has been Roy Moore, the longtime Bible-thumper in Alabama who crusaded against gays, transgender people, Islam and “sexual perversion.” Moore suggested just this year that the 9/11 terror attacks were God’s punishment because “we legitimize sodomy.” He has said homosexuality is “the same thing&rdquo...

Opinion: The poor aren’t poor because of the rich

A new study released by the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., headlines what they see as shocking news that in America some people are much wealthier than others. Some findings of the study, entitled “Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us,” are: “The three wealthiest people in the United States — Bill Gates, Jeff...

GARRISON KEILLOR: Save for that iPhone, it might be 1961 again

Slight panic in the airport out in Texas. Waiting to check a bag, pull out my billfold, no driver’s license. Check pockets, briefcase. Credit cards, no license. The brain flutters. Hotel? Taxi? Pickpocket? A teen terrorist from Izvestistan perhaps, trying to persuade TSA he is 75 and from Anoka, Minnesota? How about dementia? Loss of license today, tomorrow can’t conjugate “lay&rdquo...

COMMENTARY: Patriotism, taxes and Trump

Selling the Donald Trump/Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. That’s because patriotism isn’t mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem. It’s about taking a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. But the tax plan gives American corporations a $2 trillion tax break at a time...

COMMENTARY: Republicans, pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote. The race is on to pass tax reform before Dec. 12, when Alabama will select a new senator to fill...
PERSPECTIVE: #MeToo intertwines with other issues, too

PERSPECTIVE: #MeToo intertwines with other issues, too

The great thing about social movements is their ability to get people talking. But the real question I have about the recent #MeToo movement is: Is this the talking that will mobilize change? For women, and especially women of color, it seems as though the last great breakthrough, the last great movement, happened decades ago. As a Generation X woman, I have to harken back to times I don’t remember...
3 men shot in Trotwood house in critical condition; 5-year-old boy hit

3 men shot in Trotwood house in critical condition; 5-year-old boy hit

Three men in their 20s are in critical condition after surgery for gunshot wounds suffered in a Trotwood home early Friday morning, according to Trotwood’s police chief. A 5-year-old boy in the home was also hit, police said. The shooting was not related to a Thursday night shooting in Trotwood, police said. The three men and the boy were shot at 193 Olive Road around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Trotwood...

OPINION: Now’s the time to fix payday lending in Ohio

Every day, hardworking Ohio families trying to make ends meet take out payday loans to cover basic living expenses. All too often they end up trapped, for months or even years, in a costly cycle of debt, paying fees that are hundreds, or even thousands of dollars more than the original loan. The payday lending problem is exceptionally bad in Ohio. In fact, our state has the highest payday loan prices...
Five myths about female veterans

Five myths about female veterans

Veterans Day is an occasion to recall the service of our troops. But women's stories have often been absent from those recollections, as author Cara Hoffman lamented in a 2014 op-ed for the New York Times. Works of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs (such as Mary Jennings Hegar's), documentaries (including "The Invisible War"), and dramas (such as"Blood Stripe") have helped show this...

Opinion: Maybe GOP is now the party of louts and dunces

Just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that the Republican Party had thrown in the towel on maintaining any sort of Donald Trump-free identity. Sen. Jeff Flake announced that, rather than defy the Trump-supporting base in Arizona, he would not seek re-election. He followed Sen. Bob Corker’s path. Sen. Ted Cruz, who, in a different universe, had stood tall at the Republican convention in Cleveland...

Opinion: Why are we OK with mass shootings?

I hate mass shootings. Everybody hates them, of course: innocent death, fathers, fiances, best friends, and sons snatched violently away, sudden carnage crashing ordinary days. But I hate them for an additional reason. When things like this happen, you see, it’s my job to have something to say. And I’ve got nothing. More accurately, I’ve got nothing left that I haven’t already...

Opinion: GOP tax bill represents a disconcerting raid on endowments

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill — a 1.4 percent excise tax on the endowment earnings of about 70 colleges and universities...

Opinion: America’s red lines and its lost credibility

A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes the survival of his dynastic regime depends upon them. Hence we are headed for confrontation. Either the U.S. or North...

Opinion: Trump arrives in Asia with focus on trade, N. Korea

TOKYO — President Donald Trump on Sunday said he expects to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia next week to discuss confronting the threat from North Korea, part of a 12-day, five-country tour through Asia that started with his arrival in Japan and is very likely to be dominated by discussions about trade and Pyongyang’s nuclear program. In a speech to U.S. troops after Air Force...
Congressional testimony shows liberals’ disdain for poor

Congressional testimony shows liberals’ disdain for poor

Last week, I testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, on HR 490, also known as the Heartbeat Bill. The bill, introduced by Iowa Republican congressman Steve King, prohibits abortion once the child’s heartbeat is detectable. I have been fighting for the last 30 years to protect the unborn, and I wholeheartedly gave my endorsement to this bill. In...

COMMENTARY: Cutting off the Clean Power Plan will just hurt us all

Following a campaign promise, the Trump administration has announced that it will eliminate one of the Obama administration’s landmark pieces of climate change legislation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he wishes to rescind the Clean Power Plan (CPP) as quickly as possible. This follows the announcement that Energy Secretary Rick Perry would like to ensure that...

Opinion: Religious extremism by any other name

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today’s climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted “Allahu akbar” and that Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a “laughingstock” and blamed immigration. The left fears that any terror attack will be exploited to stoke...

FOCUS ON OHIO POLITICS Justice’s bid for governor stirs up busy race

State Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill, a Chagrin Falls Democrat, announced last week he’s running for governor – but said he wouldn’t resign as a judge for now. O’Neill’s platform will call for “legalization of recreational marijuana, a higher minimum wage, a decrease in in-state tuition, and the funding of mental health institutions across the state...

Opinion: Happy Indictment Day … now let’s fix our democracy

In the last episode of the first season of “Daredevil,” there’s this great montage of arrests as the Kingpin’s empire falls. The FBI swoops down, and you see all the crooked cops, corrupt politicians, and henchmen belonging to the New York City crime lord collected like garbage. It is, in the context of that Netflix superhero drama, a very satisfying moment. In the context...

Raising a monument to the ‘common good’

During my nearly 40 years in government, I was privileged to work with myriad people who dedicated themselves to public service for the common good. They made sure the water was safe to drink. They arrested dangerous people. They ran into burning buildings and raced to get people to the emergency room. They inspected elevators and restaurants. They kept roads paved and mowed grass in parks. They gave...

Opinion: That other plot — to bring down Trump

Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though none is tied directly to President Donald Trump or 2016. With a leak to CNN that indictments were coming...
Opinion: Free U.S. tax code from special interests

Opinion: Free U.S. tax code from special interests

A big tax bill is all it takes to see how perverse and dysfunctional our government has become. Why are the halls of Congress now crawling with special-interest lobbyists looking for opportunities to carve out some new benefit, or to protect existing special interests in the tax code? The objective of the tax bill Republicans want to piece together is noble. Make the code more simple, logical and...

Opinion: Sex harrassment isn’t just a women’s issue

Women have been speaking out over the last few weeks about sexual harassment and assaults — passionately, eloquently and sometimes tearfully — and we men have been (for once!) rather silent. So I asked some smart, strong women how men can become part of the solution. I started with Gloria Steinem, who emphasized that men can stand up to make clear that inflicting unwanted sexual attention...

PERSPECTIVE: UD, Premier want fairgrounds input

As we shape a vision for the revitalization of the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, we invite the community to join with us Thursday, Nov. 2, to imagine the possibilities. Positive change in our community does not happen in a vacuum, nor does it happen overnight. We will kick off the multi-year revitalization effort by inviting ideas — and listening carefully. No decisions have been made...

Opinion: When is ‘sexual assault’ not sexual assault?

Let’s look at two pictures side by side and see if we can tell how they’re different. In one panel, we see a famous TV political analyst who apparently had the charming habit of pressing his erect, if clothed, penis against the bodies of young women who worked with and for him. That was Mark Halperin. In the second panel, we have former President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair, age...

OPINION: ‘Failing forward’ toward economic success

The idea of “failing forward” has been written about by many business and inspirational writers over the years. Failing forward represents the idea of learning from any mistakes and getting back in the game as quickly as possible. According to bestselling author Brian Tracy, failure is not irreversible. Self-made millionaires in America have been broke or nearly broke an average of 3.2...

Opinion: Will CNN’s new Facebook ad be effective?

You see an apple. But not just any apple. Perfect in color, perfect in shape and without blemish, this is the apple other apples dream of being. It is the acme of apples, the most apple-y apple you ever saw, and you’d never mistake it for something else. “This is an apple,” says a male voice, as a piano idles aimlessly. “Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana...

Opinion: Gov’s race shows treacherous terrain of Trumpian politics

ARLINGTON, Va. — The breakfasters at Bob and Edith’s Diner are too preoccupied with their tasty bacon and eggs to notice the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Or perhaps, like all Americans who are more sensitive than oysters, they are in the throes of political exhaustion and are trying to ignore this year’s only competitive gubernatorial race. In any case, they seem unaware that...

Opinion: Are our Middle Eastern wars forever?

“The Kurds have no friends but the mountains,” is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed by the United States. The U.S. had warned the Kurds...

PERSPECTIVE: #MeToo shows how big the problem is

As the #MeToo social media campaign unfolded in the wake of revelations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually abused multiple women for decades, there was confusion over whether or not the hashtag equated harassment with assault or rape. “Sexual harassment and sexual assault are very different things,” wrote The Detroit News’ Kaitlyn Buss, believing #MeToo cheapens...

COMMENTARY: Trump is degrading the very fabric of our society

The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely. At times, politics seems fairly conventional with Republicans and Democrats arguing about health care and tax cuts, as they long have done. But former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama reminded us last week that there is nothing normal about...

PERSPECTIVE: So, how do you deal with fanaticism?

I’ve had a series of experiences over the past two weeks that leave the impression that everybody on earth is having the same conversation: How do you engage with fanatics? First, I was at a Washington Nationals game when a Trump supporter in the row in front of me unleashed a 10-minute profanity-strewn tirade at me, my wife and son. Then I went to the University at North Carolina at Asheville...

Opinion: A Colorado local school board election could change nation

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously observed, “All politics is local.” We have a particularly sharp example in an upcoming school board election in Douglas County, Colorado that has far-reaching national implications. At issue is the Blaine Amendment, which appears in constitutions of 38 states. It prohibits appropriation of public funds to any religiously affiliated institution...

OPINION: A man walks into a bar in Oregon

I hung out in Eugene, Ore., last week where it rains every day so the air is fresh and clean. Old people my age don’t care for rain so Eugene is not a retirement mecca — more of a youth mecca, a real Alt sort of town for hikers and bikers and vegans and people with multicolored hair. A lifestyle town, with not so many suit-and-tie guys like me. That’s fine. My former father-in-law...

COMMENTARY: Want to end crony capitalism? Here’s how

The largest corporations and the richest people in America — who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates for the House and Senate in the 2016 election — appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut. The New York Times reports that business groups are meeting frequently with key Republicans in order to shape the tax bill, details of which remain secret....

PERSPECTIVE: Really, there’s not much to miss about coal

There’s a funny Monty Python skit from years ago where a son comes home to his parents. His father is furious at him because he won’t go into the family business – writing plays and poetry – and has rebelled to become a coal miner instead. The skit is funny because back in the 1970s when it aired, everyone knew that coal mining was a dirty, dangerous, terrible way to make a...

COMMENTARY: Trump is the ‘talent,’ not the head of state

In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He’s commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, “the guardian of the economy.” I think we need to add another job description: He’s the talent....

COMMENTARY: Don’t ignore hidden lessons in Obama conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories about Barack Obama have not gone away in his post-presidency. But they have inspired a new book of fictional short stories that subtly raises an intriguing question: Why are there so many outlandish conspiracy theories about Barack Obama? Ever since his 2004 debut on the national stage, Obama has attracted bizarre conspiracy claims like honey attracts bears, and unsupported stories...

Opinion: Slide starts not on streets, but in a doctor’s office

For decades, America has waged an ineffective war on drug pushers and drug lords, from Bronx street corners to Medellin, Colombia, regarding them as among the most contemptible specimens of humanity. One reason our efforts have failed is we ignored the biggest drug pushers of all: U.S. pharmaceutical companies. Big Pharma should be writhing in embarrassment last week after The Washington Post and...

Opinion: What makes the Harvey Weinsteins of the world?

The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President Donald Trump’s long history of pawing and gawking at women has again reached center stage. Actress Alyssa Milano fumed, “This is not an uncommon...

Opinion: When making people uncomfortable is the point

It “makes some people uncomfortable.” That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board’s decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “There is some language in the book that...

Opinion: In blocking abortion bill, Dems to display extremism

WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats...
COMMENTARY: Charting a responsible course forward on Iran

COMMENTARY: Charting a responsible course forward on Iran

Two years ago, the United States led its fellow P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, plus Germany) world powers in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Deal. Last week, in a purely political move, President Trump announced his decision to “decertify” the deal, claiming it is no longer in the national security...

Opinion: Is war with Iran now inevitable?

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council,...

COMMENTARY: Reformers: Be ready when your time comes

Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant. Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt’s program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They reached fruition when the political atmosphere changed. In his book on the great progressive Fiorello...

Opinion: Trump’s scary strategy on North Korea

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, 1 million people could be killed. Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally...

Trump’s appeal to evangelicals is timely and welcomed

President Trump addressed this year’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The Values Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, an organization whose mission is addressing public policy and culture from a Christian point of view. Its base is largely evangelical Christians, and this is why President Trump deemed it appropriate...

Opinion: ‘Scalia Speaks’ a collection that teaches about civility

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. Reading opinions as a law student was often like trying to swallow great bowls of sawdust — without milk. Very few judges can write well. On the rare occasions when I came across...

Opinion: GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

Yes, he’s childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn’t that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a New York Times interview. The Tennessee Republican referred to the White House as an...

Opinion: Auto industry has glamorous past but opaque future

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the industry soon will be manufacturing New Economy products. They will incorporate technologies...

COMMENTARY: Heading back to the days the Birchers

“Some people say I’m extreme,” an Indiana tea party leader told The New York Times at the height of the movement’s rebellion in 2010, “but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.” Uh-huh. The society, which still exists, enjoyed its heyday in the early 1960s and saw Communists everywhere. Robert Welch, its founder, even cast President Dwight Eisenhower...

Opinion: Trump embraces the culture war

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as “The Star Spangled Banner” began. The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee...

Opinion: Inside N. Korea, and feeling the drums of war

PYONGYANG, North Korea — To fly into North Korea on an old Russian aircraft is to step into an alternate universe, one in which “the Supreme Leader” defeats craven U.S. imperialists, in which triplets are taken from parents to be raised by the state, in which nuclear war is imminent but survivable — and in which there is zero sympathy for U.S. detainees like Otto Warmbier....

Opinion: Trump taking important step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious...

Weinstein just the latest revealed pig of liberalism

If you are surprised by the news that Harvey Weinstein of Miramax fame, a man well-known for profane tirades and physical altercations, is also the sort of charmer who loafs around seminude while asking subordinates for “back” massages, then you can be surprised by just about anything. Weinstein’s response to The New York Times’ impressive investigatory work was to issue a...

Opinion: ‘Thoughts and prayers’ for Las Vegas victims not enough

There is, by now, a grim routine to all of this. That’s how frequently it happens, how unremarkable it has become in America for some lunatic with a gun to shoot up a public place: we have evolved a script for it. Take Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas — at least 59 people dead, over 525 wounded — as an example. Like a favorite movie, you can recite the lines by rote. Politicians...

Opinion: Bikini-clad baristas serve up a lesson in free speech

SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, have provoked the City Council to pass, unanimously, ordinances requiring baristas to be less nearly naked when they work. The baristas, in turn, have hired a lawyer and made an...
Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Our topic for today is hypocrisy. The scene is — where else? — Congress. This week the House of Representatives voted 237-189 to make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant more than 20 weeks. Victory for the anti-choice forces. One of whom was apparently very interested in maintaining all options when he thought his own girlfriend was expecting...
Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

In the wake of the horrible, unbelievably sad and insane shooting massacre of 59 people in Las Vegas, on top of more than 500 wounded, it’s time to blame human evil on guns again. The misled, uninformed and, in some cases, ideologically twisted, don’t get it that the evidence of gun laws doing any good is leaky at best and that it’s antics like theirs that boost sales. A calm, cool...

Opinion: Moment of unity in a disintegrating world

“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump went on in his most presidential moment, “and though we feel such...

Opinion: In Kansas, the kid stays on the ballot

What does it say about Kansas that three teenagers are running for governor? All three high school students say they are serious contenders to succeed Gov. Sam Brownback, whose administration has by all accounts been an absolute flop. In less than five years, Brownback’s firm belief that the state could tax-cut its way to prosperity proved to be a horrendous debacle. The promised flood of private...

Opinion: Judge Roy Moore bolsters Republican party credibility

To the dismay of Washington’s Republican Senate leadership, Judge Roy Moore crushed Luther Strange in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Alabama, outpolling Strange by 9 percentage points. Senate Republican leadership, and President Trump, stood behind Strange. The Republican establishment doesn’t want their party branded with Moore’s hard-core,...

Opinion: Now, even football divides Americans

According to an account my son came across a while ago: “Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the week, but the previous owner was God.” Though a failed fan myself, I am an American, and accordingly can hardly...

Opinion: Unhappy with facts, Seattle’s council turns to interpretations

SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of Friedrich Nietzsche: There are no facts, only interpretations. The city council has voted to impose a...

Opinion: So black athletes have forgotten their place?

Dear black people: I guess we’ve messed up again. Seems like we’re never going to learn how to properly protest, no matter how hard conservatives try to teach us. When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed. But when peaceful street demonstrations took place, conservatives...

Opinion: Will NFL demand respect for Old Glory?

“America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!” That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before San Francisco ’49s games in 2016. No NFL owner picked up his contract in 2017...

Opinion: Meet the world’s leaders, in hypocrisy

Leaders from around the world have descended on New York for United Nations meetings, fancy parties, ringing speeches about helping the poor — and a big dose of hypocrisy. And — finally! — this is one area where President Donald Trump has shown global leadership. If there were an award for United Nations chutzpah, the competition would be tough, but the medal might go to Trump for...

Wrong of GOP lawmakers to sink ACA repeal

With Maine Senator Susan Collins announcing her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill to reform Obamacare, she has slammed the door on this latest Republican effort to address our health care crisis. I’m just able to muster up one word to capture my sense of Sen. Collins: Irresponsible. Collins expressed her concern that the bill would “open the door for states to weaken protection for...
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