Butker’s social views kick up controversy

National Columnists

Graduation speeches are like life and Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. I’m so accustomed to headline-making controversies touched off by commencement speakers whose views tilt to the left that the Harrison Butker dustup caught me by ...

Reasons to make Trump tax cuts permanent

National Columnists

No issue defines the diametrically opposite economic philosophies of Joe Biden and Donald Trump than their position on the Trump tax cuts. Trump wants to make those tax cuts permanent; Biden has repeatedly promised to tax America back to prosperity by repealing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But ...

Christian Cooper could charm birds from trees

National Columnists

The mere mention of some people’s names brings a smile to my face. Christian Cooper’s brings several. “My name is Christian Cooper, and I am a birder,” is how he opens his National Geographic series “Extraordinary Birder.” I’ve done some “lite” birdwatching in my time ...

Yes, we need to do more to militarize space

National Columnists

“The stars will never be won by little minds,” observed the great science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. If we aren’t careful, though, they just might be won by the scheming minds of governments hostile to the United States. A notable piece in the New York Times the other day reported ...

Debates lot less important than made out to be

National Columnists

The Biden and Trump campaigns agreed to two presidential debates. Who among us can contain our excitement? Well, it depends on what you mean by “us.” In my corner of the professional world — pundits, commentators, political junkies — there was much rejoicing. Meanwhile, among normal ...

Don’t let big money managers play politics with pensions

National Columnists

Are you paying attention to what the money managers who you’ve entrusted with your lifetime savings are actually doing with your money? Are they investing to get the best possible return they can — so that you will be able to retire comfortably and perhaps buy a vacation home or leave an ...