Editorials

Hollywood’s climate hypocrites

Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multimillionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex?It's never mattered that the stars have all the ...

Sgt. 1st Class Speer is dead, but Khadr is free

A Canadian judge ruled this week that Omar Khadr poses no public safety threat. Tell that to the children of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer and the surviving American soldiers who valiantly fought Khadr on the battlefield.In 2012, Khadr pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty to ...

Onward Christian Huckabee

WASHINGTON - In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a gathering of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism ...

We give the Legislature a B-minus

Gov. Jack Dalrymple toured the state last week, touting the success of the state Legislature.When claiming success, Dalrymple looked primarily at the budget. And in that aspect, he is mostly correct. During a trying legislative session that saw the revenue forecasts change almost weekly, the ...

Being like LeBron

Last year, LeBron James made a lot of headlines when he announced he was heading home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.Those of us who have traveled the country over the years likely felt a twinge of jealousy when LeBron's story broke. After all, who doesn't want to go home?For me, home has ...

To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty

Neighborhoods matter.That's the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery for housing vouchers that would allow the ...

Patrician blacksmith for president?

WASHINGTON - America's smallest state - one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger - has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only ...

‘Hate group’ blamed for ISIS attack

Liberals claim to be the world's boldest defenders of freedom of expression, which is, of course, nonsense. Here's another canard: Liberals also claim to be the most offended against anyone "blaming the victim." What liberals possess is an ideological system which identifies favored groups as ...

Has the IRS really changed?

Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. That was Lois Lerner, who was not fired but instead retired.But the agency has taken "significant actions" to prevent such political use of the tax ...

Is there a mole at The Washington Post?

Man is not a rational animal. He is a rationalizing animal. - Robert HeinleinWhat to make of the resolutely pro-choice The Washington Post's Style section travelogue following a woman who drove 407 miles to obtain a second-trimester abortion? Is this part of the campaign to destigmatize ...

Speak truth to narrative

"If absolute power corrupts absolutely," the actor Harry Shearer once asked, "does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"The answer, according to a lot of people, is yes.Upon receiving the George Polk Career Award last month, Gary Trudeau, the creator of the satirical comic strip Doonesbury, ...

Killer cops or malicious prosecutor?

Who killed Freddie Gray?According to Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, Freddie was murdered in a conspiracy of six cops who imprisoned him in a police van and there assaulted and killed him.The killer was African-American officer Caesar Goodson, driver of the van, who, with a "depraved ...

Where to put the waste?

Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants.During the past four decades, the plants have produced nearly 72,000 metric tons of used ...

Let the states make drug law

WASHINGTON - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on ...

What Assata taught me

"What Assata taught me" is the new "Hands up, don't shoot."For $35, you, too, can sport a politically correct black hoodie emblazoned with a fugitive convicted murderer's name. Assata's apparel is the new rage among perpetually enraged Baltimore and Ferguson social justice warriors. It won't be ...

Matters of perception

WASHINGTON - Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges - perception.In this case, as in too many others involving police, perception seems to be black and white."I think that if you look at what's ...

President reaps what he sows

Officials in President Barack Obama's administration have become worried about military intervention in Yemen by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, it was reported this week. Secretary of State John Kerry may visit Saudi Arabia to discuss U.S. concerns "and explore new strategies to end the ...

The Legislature can’t do that much

The curse of the biennial legislative session is the backup of problems begging to be solved. Consequently, the 80-day biennial session has more business than it can handle with deliberation.With the new requirement for civics education, future generations will know as much about the United ...

Making a difference for those suffering from opioid addiction

The patient in my office today does not look like your typical drug addict. He is middle-aged, dressed casually in jeans and cowboy boots, a local rancher. He says something I hear often: "Doc, I never thought it could happen to me."Of course, no one starts out with the intention of becoming an ...

Those who would destroy our freedoms

Initial indications were that two gunmen killed during an assault on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, were motivated by extremist Islamic hatred. Their goal may have been nothing less than intimidating Americans into abandoning our tradition of freedom of speech.Garland police were ready for ...