Editorials

Online dignity: Give it up

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app ...

Positive lessons from Heimdal derailment

Earlier this week another oil train derailed, this time near Heimdal in central North Dakota.Anti-oil activists could almost be heard panting in their excitement, rushing to the media with talking points about "bomb trains" and lax regulation of oil shipped on America's rail lines. Rep. Ron ...

Is a UK crackup ahead?

David Cameron is the most successful Tory Party leader since Margaret Thatcher.Yet history may also record that his success led to the crackup of his country, and Great Britain's secession from the European Union.How did Cameron's Tories capture their majority?First, they compiled a strong ...

Making a positive impact

Congratulations to Souris Valley United Way on a record-breaking year.Last Thursday, representatives from 27 local organizations accepted significant grants from the United Way - money generously donated by locals for locals.The 2014 campaign was a record year with a 21 percent increase over ...

Unruly Britannia

LONDON - They called it "Question Time," borrowing the term from the prime minister's weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different.On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - one by ...

Hillary’s armor

"This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old.Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon ...

Restore the Fourth Amendment

If you plan to visit a college campus this month, don't be surprised if you see signs and placards encouraging you to "Restore the Fourth." Restore the Fourth is not about an athletic event or a holiday; it is about human freedom. The reference to "the Fourth" is to the Fourth Amendment, and it ...

Time to hold lawmakers accountable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, etc. But when it comes to cleaning up its own top management, "not so much" is being charitable.One might have ...

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 ...