Other Commentaries

Apollo 11 at 50

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA (“the space base,” we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around the world, I watched the lunar landing on ...

Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles

WASHINGTON — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ...

A lose-lose issue for Democrats

It’s not clear if President Donald Trump can win the legal battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but he’s already won in the court of public opinion. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 73 percent of voters nationwide believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census ...

The Constitution, the census and citizenship

Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be ...

Cyber: More than an online classroom

There have been quite a few recent articles disparaging cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and as CEO of one of PA’s 15 established cyber charter schools, Agora Cyber, I wanted to share my thoughts and some information. For many parents, having the option to choose a more accessible ...

America is greater than ‘just OK’

WASHINGTON — Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a “Salute to America,” because apparently some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, The New York Times posted a video op-ed challenging what it called the ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to ...

Count on migrants worldwide to exploit US laws

Word is spreading worldwide — even as far as sub-Saharan Africa — that the U.S. has an open southern border and an open checkbook. This summer, thousands of Africans from Cameroon, Congo and other violence-plagued countries are forming caravans, preparing to cross our southern border. ...

Rare cowardice before justice

WASHINGTON — It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. He is undeniably intelligent, a ...

Leanings cannot be reduced to genetics

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Sex-creep club

Well, well, well. “Follow the facts,” Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking indictment this past week. Some of “our faves” could be implicated in the ...

No one is a ‘total loser’

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan’s third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: “I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The ...

Let’s energize our infrastructure

Up and down the East Coast, state lawmakers are fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to allow natural gas and oil development in the Atlantic. These politicians recently adopted a novel tactic — they’re blocking construction of onshore pipelines, terminals, and other energy ...

Control over communication — and the civil population

Control over communication is rightly seen as the keystone as to who controls the civil population. The gatekeepers to the media control public opinion. From the time that cave people drew pictures of hunters on the interior walls of their hideouts, homo sapiens have been conveying messages ...

US women are winners, not victims

The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions — and plaintiffs. The team’s lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its identity. A nearly perfect run through the World ...

Step up support to clean rivers, streams

Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Clean Water Blueprint to protect and restore rivers and streams critical to our economy, citizens, and quality of life. The plan, formally known as the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, must specify the actions the Commonwealth will take ...

The noble ideals of America’s founding

Amid the fireworks and cookouts, America’s birthday party is infused with the inspiring rhetoric from our nation’s founding document. The Declaration of Independence reminds us that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights.” These include ...

An assault on Western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality has ...

A bold ideology to unite us

Despite today’s polarizing political climate, and our prickly tendency to bicker, I hereby declare a bold ideology that unites us in agreement: • That when you visit a park, it is clean, safe, and ready to use. • That when your family goes swimming, the lifeguards are well-trained and ...

We need to fully fund conservation program

As many of us head out on our summer vacations, sightseeing and picnics, it’s the perfect time to celebrate America’s commitment to preserving the outdoors and our access to it. But protecting and maintaining these iconic outdoor destinations doesn’t happen by accident — it requires ...