Opinion

Obsessed over extremes, media loses touch with mainstream

Opinion

The America portrayed on the evening news is unrecognizable to most Americans. Rather than reflecting the realities of a complex and dynamic nation, the national news media seems to treat real events as little more than a Rorschach test for measuring what the political activists think is ...

The unthinkable – shooting a judge – should prompt review

Editorials

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Diana, still our goddess of beauty

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What is it about the month of August that finds so many celebrities dying? In the August just past, we saw the passing of Glen Campbell, Barbara Cook, Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis. Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book for the musical “Annie,” also died. Marilyn Monroe died in August ...

Stop making excuses for Antifa thuggery

Opinion

One of the least safe places to be in Berkeley, California, is in the vicinity of someone holding a “No Hate” sign. So-called anti-fascist, or Antifa, activists bearing shields emblazoned with those words assaulted any of the handful of beleaguered Trump supporters they could get their ...

On this Labor Day, remember the skills that make a worker

Editorials

On this Labor Day, unemployment is at a 16-year low, according to the most recent labor statistics. So there is that positive to reflect as many of us enjoy a holiday respite and celebrate what we do for a living. The lower unemployment number can be read many ways, particularly depending ...

Needing an ‘Enemy’

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Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread ...

ESPN’s Robert Lee Belly-Flop

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ESPN has been working hard for several years to establish itself as just another sermonizing member of the liberal media, most audaciously by hailing “Caitlyn” Jenner with an award for “courage” in 2015 for facing down such tortures as the disrespectful use of “incorrect pronouns.” ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

Editorials

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

Editorials

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Metal detectors and murder

Opinion

It seems like everywhere we go these days there are metal detectors and security people waving wands over our bodies. At the airport, we enter full body scanners. Visiting the Statue of Liberty or a courthouse entails taking everything out of your pockets, removing belts, and making sure that ...

Evidence suggests millennials do matter

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They have arrived. "Millennials" the largest age cohort in American history is now pushing 80 million. They were born roughly between 1982 and 2000. (There is no precise agreement on this.) The youngest is about 18 and the oldest about 35. Over the next 10 to 20 years they will dominate the ...

Navy looks to solve reasons for multiple mishaps recently

Editorials

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the recent collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. Officials already have ...

Afghanistan: A bottomless pit?

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President Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid “foreign ...

Monument removal symptom of old Western disease

Opinion

The virus seems to be approaching its breakout phase. We could be looking at a full-scale epidemic here. Zika? Ebola? Flu? Nope. We don’t have a great word for this sickness yet. “Iconoclasm” — i.e., the destruction of images and monuments that offend this mob or that — comes ...

In time of extreme need, give to help victims of Harvey

Editorials

Until further notice, the United States has a sixth Great Lake. It’s called Harvey. It’s located off the eastern coastline of Texas and the southern coast of Louisiana. Such is the scope of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Harvey, which has dumped rainfall of biblical proportions on ...

The media normalize the Antifa extreme

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In March, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd made an ad for his show in which he lamented to the public: “What about our politics? Are there any rules anymore, and if so, will anybody play by them?” Todd assured viewers that he and NBC would enforce some rules. “These days, politics ...

National emergency opioid declaration needs willing partners

Editorials

President Trump is declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency," which puts a proportionate label on the crisis that we believe people in our region would accept as accurate. The president promised to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. The problem is certainly one ...

Historical hysteria

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“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...

The Red York Times: First in Fake News

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Newsflash from The New York Times: Women may have starved under socialist regimes, but their orgasms were out of this world! That’s the creepy gist of one of the Grey Lady’s recent essays this summer hailing the “Red Century.’’ The paper’s ongoing series explores ‘’the history ...