Editorials

Time to find a solution

Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue - highway and bridge funding - that lawmakers' toes must be getting sore.It happened again this week, when for the 12th time in six years the House of Representatives approved a temporary approach to the ...

The ‘science’ of sex education

There's no classroom experience the libertine supports more mightily than "sex education." They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and "science-based" ideology is allowed.The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San ...

Can Republican men criticize Hillary?

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican ...

How Obama radically transformed America’s patent system

Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated - which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors' labor.It's yet another ...

Remember the fallen

Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that are the envy of most other people in the world.Those who guarantee all that to us, the men and women of our armed forces, willingly sacrifice liberties, security, ...

The return of Sid Vicious

Charity Navigator should make this an informal rule: If your charity is employing Sidney Blumenthal, it automatically goes on the watch list.The ethical controversies around Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have often seemed 1990s redux, and never more so than when a New York Times ...

Accomplishment deficit could be Hillary’s undoing

There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more.Bloomberg Politics convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats. Nearly all loved Hillary. "She's a bad mama-jama," said one female participant. Bad mama-jama is good, by the way. The woman explained that ...

What the fall of Ramadi means

The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback for U.S. policy.When President Obama declared that we shall "degrade and defeat" the Islamic State, he willed the ...

Email judge on right track

A federal judge, perhaps disgusted by the blatantly political attempt to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has rejected one aspect of it. He should proceed to the next step.Clinton already has ensured voters considering her for president will not have access to many potentially ...

Death penalty for Tsarnaev hurts Boston

Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn't seen an execution since 1947.That ...

Jeb Bush has bigger problems than Iraq war stumble

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" question about the Iraq war. I'm not convinced.Politicians routinely answer the question they wish they were asked rather ...

Maglica: Torchbearer of the American dream

In our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin: Nihil boni sine labore. It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite ...

Shameless Stephanopoulos, shameless ABC

It was outrageous for ABC News to promote Bill Clinton's spokesman George Stephanopoulos to the top of the political-anchorman heap. It was shameless to keep him there, even as Hillary Clinton keeps running for president. Conservatives never felt he was an appropriate choice, and never felt he ...

Rose Hill ready for weekend

The staff at Minot's Rose Hill Memorial Park is to be commended for their efforts to get the city's cemetery looking its best in time for the Memorial Day weekend.Just a week ago, the flowering crab apple trees were at their peak bloom and they are still in splendid color. That's the easy part, ...

Who are these outlaw bikers?

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas - a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a ...

Dr. Capitalism

For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel.I defended free markets on TV, and he studied blood at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Mom asked me when I'd get a "real job" like his.Then the crusade against capitalism reached his world.Medical "journalists" demanded ...

Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.WASHINGTON - Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of "trigger warnings" and "safe zones" on college campuses.It seems that mostly conservative sites ...

Don’t give booze to graduates

If history is any guide, hundreds of recent high school graduates will be drinking enormous quantities of alcoholic beverages at celebratory parties during the next few weeks. Some of them will not have to obtain the booze themselves, nor will they have to find places to whoop it up.Their ...

The false god of politics

If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins.We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don't bow to Zeus. Many of us, ...

The withering of the death penalty

WASHINGTON - Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years hence, the death ...