Other Commentaries

War is not a spectator sport

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

If taking guns isn’t goal, don’t say otherwise

Almost immediately after the Las Vegas shooting came the calls for “common sense” gun control. The quest almost always begins with a reassurance that “no one wants to take away your guns.” Not everyone read the memo. Nelson Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., the ...

Tillerson should go

If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? He has become the nation’s least influential top diplomat in recent memory. His relationship with the president of the United States is strained at best, he has no philosophy or signature initiative, he has barely staffed ...

Detroit home to accomplishing politicians

DETROIT — With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, “Let there be light!” and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city’s streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on Nov. 7 he, ...

Politicians, guns: Follow votes, not the money

An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it’s not about the money, it’s really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists ...

Politicians, guns: Follow votes, not the money

An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it’s not about the money, it’s really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists ...

That helpless, hopeless feeling

Horrific, sickening and tragic are just a few of the words I’ve heard used to describe the news from Las Vegas. But none of them really capture the reality that such acts are utterly beyond comprehension. As I write this, official sources are still looking for a motive, but no rational ...

A rerun of the ‘Da Vinci’ Kook

Dan Brown, the author of “The DaVinci Code,” is back with another blockbuster anti-religion novel, and CBS “Sunday Morning” rolled out the red carpet on Oct. 1 to honor him and his massive commercial success. The segment began with what he called his “fortress of gratitude” — his ...

The weird odyssey of Trump’s travel bans

The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump’s travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department of former ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Unjust MLB pension rule deprives vet, 95

I have no idea whether United States Representative Tom Marino (Republican -- 10th District) will ever be confirmed to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. But while he's still a member of Congress, he can help a decorated war hero named George Yankowski, as well as 500 or so ...

Food for thought

I was kicking around an idea to open a new type of restaurant. I’m not entirely sure the concept will work so I thought I’d just put my thoughts down on paper to see how it looks. It’s quite a unique concept. I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself for my “out of the box” ...

Defining evil

Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil ...

Will the Supreme Court fall into political thicket?

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts — ...

We need some fallacy control really soon!

Enough is enough. It’s epidemic. It’s dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end. In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of ...

Can the government keep us safe?

Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and shot at ...

The overestimation of corporate might

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “Blade Runner” curse. If you’re familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic starring Harrison Ford, constantly reissued in some new “director’s cut” or “special edition,” you’d be forgiven for thinking the “Blade Runner” ...

How we should pray

WASHINGTON — One thing we learn from tragedy: That there is always more to come. We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only ...

The bias avalanche in Las Vegas

“The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.” That was the summary of the horrific end to the country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, with 59 people killed (as we file this) and more than 500 injured. The early network reports were all news, but everyone knew what would ...