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Opinion

Why isn’t Gohmert the face of the Republican Party?

National Columnists

I’m no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren’t bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it’s some kind of fashion brand. That has enabled Republicans to make her the face of the Democratic Party in a country where the S-word ...

Our merciless culture

National Columnists

When did we become so merciless? I’m not talking about the 18-year-old kid, featured in a New York Times article, who elected to torpedo a fellow student over a three-year-old video clip -- though what he did was cruel. No, I’m talking about all of the supposed adults who created the world ...

Who speaks for the unborn in Massachusetts?

National Columnists

In its most recent exercise of liberal democracy, the state senate of Massachusetts voted 32-8 to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of what is called the Roe Act. One day earlier, Monday, the state house had voted to override. The Roe Act is now law in the Bay State. And what does it ...

Burgum’s move was in the right direction

Editorials

We are all for Governor Burgum moving the COVID-19 threat level from high to moderate. No, we don’t think COVID-19 is over with, but it is again, slowing down. More importantly – small, locally owned, businesses are critical to the economic survival of North Dakota. As of Monday, ...

Plenty of blame to go around for slow mail

Editorials

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Hero or traitor?

National Columnists

resident Donald Trump should pardon Edward Snowden. Who? I know, it’s embarrassing -- Assange, Manning, Snowden... Who did what? I got them confused before I researched this topic. National security isn’t my beat. I finally educated myself last month because I got a chance to ...

Support Democracy by giving Joe Biden a chance

National Columnists

he election is over, the votes have been tallied, and, like it or not, the Electoral College has certified Joe Biden as our new president-elect. Whether or not he was the candidate you supported, it is time to move forward with the business of democracy and accept the final results of the ...

The Vaccine New World

National Columnists

What a relief that at least a few of us are getting the coronavirus vaccine. I would have liked my arm to have been among the select few. I’ll wait patiently, however, comforted in knowing that with every passing week, the list of Americans threatened by this nasty, deadly virus will shrink ...

Will Joe Biden have a ‘Catholic Problem’?

National Columnists

Four years ago, just prior to the November election, I wrote an article titled “Hillary Should Have a ‘Catholic Problem.’” I started by citing numerous articles in the national press that proclaimed Donald Trump was having difficulty winning over Catholics — a key voting bloc in any ...

Those who give their lives for us deserve best treatment

Editorials

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. President Donald Trump has referred to the federal bureaucracy as “the swamp.” ...

2020: America’s Wake-up call

National Columnists

Who could have predicted how dreadful a year 2020 would be. By this New Year’s Eve, 19 million to 20 million Americans will have contracted a deadly virus in a pandemic that exploded out of China to carry off 333,000 Americans, one of every 1,000 of us. As 2021 begins, Americans will be ...

Cancer patients need COVID-19 vaccines

National Columnists

As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, an extremely vulnerable group is being overlooked: millions of cancer patients. Doctors nationwide are sounding the alarm that many state governments and the federal advisory committee charged with prioritizing who gets vaccinated should move cancer ...

2020’s good news

National Columnists

Was 2020 the worst year ever? The media keep saying that. We did have the pandemic, a bitter election, unemployment, riots and a soaring national debt. But wait, look at the good news, says historian Johan Norberg. His new book, “Open: The Story of Human Progress,” points out how ...

‘Warp speed’ needs to be pursued now and later

Editorials

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

2020: The year ‘expert’ credibility died

National Columnists

If there were ever a time to “question authority,” as the old counterculture slogan of the 1960s urged, the authoritarian age of COVID-19 is that time. 2020 will go down in American history as the year that public health “experts” got everything wrong. It’s not just that their ...

Biden’s climate change litmus test

National Columnists

From the looks of President-elect Joe Biden’s selections for cabinet positions and other high offices it seems belief in “climate change” has become a litmus test. Biden appears to have raised climate change to the level of a religious doctrine. In naming John Kerry a climate ...

Don’t put others at risk on New Year’s Eve

Editorials

It will not be a surprise if months of pent-up frustrations prompt many people to blow off more than a little steam this New Year’s Eve. The evening is viewed by many as the one time a year they let their hair down, anyway. There is nothing wrong with having a little fun, of course. But ...

Are ‘Never Trumpers’ the future of the GOP?

National Columnists

Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious “disgrace” and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly. The anti-Trumpers and “Never Trumpers” celebrating at ...

Be charitable, but also be careful

National Columnists

MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them. Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good can ...