Columns

Trump turns US into reality show

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s greatest political trick in his first term may be his success in dominating our public discourse with lies and distortions while leading the discrediting of the constitutionally protected freedom of the press. At every opportunity, even as the Fourth Estate has ...

Boyfriend disrespected by ex-wife

Dear Annie: What advice would you give to a divorced man regarding “moving on”? My boyfriend and his ex-wife have been divorced for 10 years, yet she continues to manipulate him and behave spitefully toward him. She and their adult children show no consideration for my boyfriend’s wishes. ...

It’s easy to fear worst

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was far too easy to assume the worst — that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass. When news broke last Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the same thought: Donald Trump. The ...

Back to the Constitution

cal thomas The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a head. For decades the country has witnessed a fight between those who believe the Constitution speaks for itself and others who believe it says whatever the judges think ...

Should posterity get the whole truth?

Dear Annie: I need some advice on what to do about my daily journals. I keep a daily journal and have for many years — including during a time when my husband was an alcoholic. He’s been sober for 27 years. (We are in our late 70s.) In those journals, I wrote about the times he got drunk ...

Some odds and ends from political scene

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion (with a “t”) will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters ...

Dad worried about daughter’s relationship arrangement

Dear Annie: My 26-year-old daughter is in a serious relationship with a partner 10 years her senior. He comes to the partnership with an established home. What would you advise my daughter to expect or require going into this marriage-like arrangement? Should she expect to be put on the house ...

Shut up, they explain, when they won’t listen

I’m not surprised that mobs shriek at Trump administration officials in restaurants and that Maxine Waters wants more of that. I’ve watched this happen at American colleges. One example: Heather Mac Donald is a Manhattan Institute scholar who wrote the book “The War on Cops.” She ...

Supreme Court corrects itself

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision’s “separate but equal” doctrine. It did so again last Wednesday, overturning a 41-year-old precedent ...

Let us never confuse civility with surrender

Before I sat down to write this column about what it means to be civil in today’s political climate, I took my dog for a walk through our neighborhood. We live in the largest development built in the city of Cleveland since World War II. It’s diverse, racially and economically, and home ...

Simple question for writer turned into ‘Ted’ moment

I began writing the book just published this week — “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense” — in 2014. I’d been thinking about the issues it addresses for decades. Yet yesterday, when an interviewer posed the simple question: “What prompted ...

Another opinion

Lawmakers, governor step up for Michigan schools It's campaign season in Michigan, in case you haven't noticed. And candidates for governor and the Legislature — especially Democrats — are blaming their Republican colleagues for many of the woes in education. But as this latest budget ...

Funny that we don’t worry about mad romaine disease

Come July Fourth, millions of Americans will toss burgers on the grill without a second thought. It was different 14 years ago. Remember “mad cow disease” — the health crisis that never happened? Shortly before Independence Day 2004, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced — James ...

Time plays into Trump’s hands

WASHINGTON — In Donald Trump’s ever-escalating war against the mainstream news media as practitioners of “fake news,” Time magazine has fed him a helpful morsel by violating an old competitive rule of journalism: Get it first, but first get it right. Time’s cover showing a ...

Partisans on both sides hell-bent on total victory or nothing

After the deadly shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, many people erroneously and instantaneously blamed Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others on the right for their violent or “eliminationist” rhetoric. In the wake of that tragedy, President Obama called ...

No compassion for special-needs kid

Dear Annie: I have a 3-year-old grandson with autism who is nonverbal. “JT” makes a lot of noises (i.e., yells) to let us know what he needs. My daughter, her husband, their kids (they also have an 18-month-old) and my husband were recently at a family-friendly restaurant for lunch. JT was ...

Bigotry back in Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember “colored only” restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in ...

Baby becoming an imposition

Dear Annie: I find myself in an uncomfortable situation with a friend who just moved to our town this year with her husband and baby. Besides her two sisters who live here, we’re the only friends they have so far. I feel that she’s been taking advantage of me by asking for constant help ...

Question GOP candidates fear most in 2018

Alan Baron, who was a wise and witty man of politics, used to tell this true story to remind those who worked in politics like he did that in some election years, the outcome is determined by events and forces completely beyond any candidate’s or her campaign’s control. As a 21-year-old, ...

Teen’s visit to border and mile that changed her life

Connie schultz If she wanted to, 17-year-old Mary Grace Geise could pretend that what is happening to migrants at our southern border has nothing to do with her lucky life. She lives with both parents and her younger sister in Bay Village, a predominantly white, affluent suburb of ...