Editorials

Of cabbages, kings, Jenners, Trumps and logos

If Bruce Jenner can be a woman, why can't Rachel Dolezal be an African-American? And why isn't it OK for Jeb not to be a Bush? I'm looking to the American Civil Liberties Union for an explanation.Donald Trump announced for president the same week that a rhino ran loose in the streets of Bangkok ...

Obama’s lonely road

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political consequences of ...

Standing up against EPA overreach

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plunges headlong into remaking the very fabric of American electricity generation, it is reassuring to know voices of reason continue to challenge the Agency's reckless plans.Later this summer, EPA is expected to issue its Final Rule for regulating ...

Highest alert for the Fourth

If preventing a terrorist attack in the United States is a matter of connecting the dots, Americans have plenty to fear with the Independence Day holiday just days away. Deadly "dots" have appeared in at least six other countries during the past few days.Dozens were killed in bomb attacks in ...

Joy for gay rights, regret for a missed opportunity

The news that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states is joyous. I watched glady as my gay friends celebrated on social media. Open to them now is an institution that has long brought joy to those of us who are straight.My marriage to my lovely wife is a deep well of satisfaction and ...

Next gay marriage battle

Everyone knows where the debate over gay marriage is going next. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its edict on the land, the question is whether religious institutions and people of faith will still be permitted to act on moral beliefs that the court has portrayed as bigoted and deeply ...

Quo vadis, America?

"Natural law - God's law - will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter."But, for now, Justice Anthony Kennedy has the final word.Same-sex marriage is the law of the ...

Continue to repair Obamacare

Scare tactics have been an integral part of the liberal strategy for attempting to foist the deeply flawed Obamacare scheme on the American people. So it was last week after the Supreme Court ruled a part of the health care takeover affecting about 8.7 million new Medicaid clients is ...

Constitutional ignorance and dereliction

The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, S.C., AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting ...

Same-sex marriage is only the beginning

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing ...

Supreme Court disasters

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.But there is a deeper and ...

Who will she be?

Who will she be? What great woman's face will be seen regularly by virtually every American in the future - every time they reach into their wallets and purses and pull out a $10 bill?Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said the $10 bill will be redesigned and will feature a woman's picture ...

The Southern lie

It is telling that the South Carolina governor who called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state Capitol is a woman, an Indian-American - and a Republican.The rush to efface the Confederate symbol from the South in the wake of the Charleston shootings, with ...

In the South, grace and dignity after Charleston church shootings

"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific ...

The mourning after

CHARLESTON, S.C. - By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.For ...

Where failure is rewarded

Federal bureaucrats' reaction to warnings something bad will happen without preventive action sometimes seems comparable to a man standing on railroad tracks, spotting an approaching locomotive, hearing the engineer's frantic blasts of the air horn ... and just standing there.When it was ...

The anti-science left

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some ...

Here’s Jeb!

WASHINGTON - If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush Dynasty, ...

McDonald’s, the ‘progressive burger company’

WASHINGTON - In January, McDonald's, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald's sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers ...

700 million convincing reasons

Members of Congress fed up with Barack Obama's imperial presidency finally have decided to use the one tool they have to compel his administration to at least cooperate with Congress. It is the power of the purse - the spending appropriations process Obama cannot overcome through his infamous ...