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The Arizona gift

It approaches a year since Sen. John McCain departed these earthly precincts. He is rightly missed for his principled leadership, for his maverick ways and for his — now increasingly rare — ability to reach out and collaborate effectively with senators across the partisan divide. I miss all ...

What will they learn at college?

For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What ...

How the VA ‘red flags’ patriots

Gun-grabbing crisis vultures just can’t let the latest mass shootings go to waste. “Red flag” laws are now all the rage in the Beltway as the magic pill to prevent homicidal maniacs from wreaking havoc on the nation. Even President Donald Trump has endorsed the idea of preemptively ...

American meddling stirs outrage in China

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — What do you think the reaction would be in the U.S. if protests engulfed the streets of New York City and a photo was leaked of protest organizers meeting in a hotel lobby with a Russian or Chinese diplomat stationed at the local consulate? Surely the public ...

What Hong Kong means

The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover of sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair. Only eight years had passed since the communist Chinese government had mowed down an estimated 10,000 democracy ...

Socialism never?

President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders would ...

China does not have the upper hand

WASHINGTON — President Trump has warned China that it must respond “humanely” to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. It’s ...

The symphony of a baseball stadium cannot by duplicated

It is Bowman Field, where Major League Baseball players will perform in front of Little Leaguers tonight. It is Howard J. Lamade Stadium, where Little Leaguers occupy the nation’s center stage for sports today and all of the coming week. It is Fenway Park, a baseball shrine where yours ...

A reform that would have saved patients billions

The Trump administration recently axed a proposal that would have saved American patients billions of dollars by requiring insurers to share discounts they negotiate with drug companies directly with patients. The proposed rule would have changed Medicare Part D, which provides prescription ...

None dare call it ‘conspiracy’

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with ...

The shaming of America

WASHINGTON — One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race. And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true. Thus, some Democrats and others ...

How important?

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be ...

Mass murders are a symptom

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we’ve heard it all before. A manifesto thought to be ...

Country dogs die young

In rulebooks and pamphlets, bicycle safety is simple. But when you are on the street, it becomes very complicated. This is because traffic, like all social structures, is not the product of state rules like we might assume. Rather it is a product of interaction between multiple people. ...

Immigration restriction is not hate

President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder. The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a ...

No ‘safe spaces’ or ‘trigger warnings’

WARSAW — American millennials have a lot of complaints about their lot in life. So here’s a question for them: When is the last time you had to walk through a sewer waist-high in human filth, choking on the toxic ammonia, yet unable to cough for fear of alerting the Nazi SS soldiers on the ...

A few words about guns and personal liberty

The recent mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have produced a flood of words about everything from gun control to mental illness to white nationalism. Most of those words have addressed the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a gift from the government. It isn’t. The ...

A cosmetic proposal on guns

It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents should ...

After mass shootings

Immediately following two horrific mass shootings — one in El Paso, Texas, and another within a matter of hours in Dayton, Ohio — the blame game started. For many, culprit No. 1, of course, is President Donald Trump. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said: “There is a ...