Columns

‘Dunkirk’ a morality story for shared blessings, peace

The movie “Dunkirk” recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime. Set in 1940, the movie features two ...

Vulgarity is a starter pistol in race to bottom

A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year — I skipped it — reported to me that the Young Republican men were “wearing their ties down past their [crotches].” I cleaned up the quote a bit for the benefit of a family newspaper. Though ...

Trump is not the enemy

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Missing case for GOP health care

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Twitter a poor way to issue orders from commander in chief

Serving in the U.S. military is a privilege, not a right. Not everyone who wishes to serve can be allowed to do so, for a variety of reasons — age, physical and mental fitness, education, and legal status, to name a few. The purpose of the military is not to advance a social or political ...

Dems, Trump both behaving irrationally

What is it about Russia — some vestige of all those Cold War spy films, perhaps — that makes so many people, on all political sides, behave so irrationally when it’s mentioned? Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign ...

Community colleges play key role in modern education

For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two-year colleges. Originally created more than a century ago, arising from a variety of forces ...

Islamic State did unspeakable damage to ancient city of Mosul

Jon Stewart, formerly of Comedy Central, used to call the segments about Iraq “mess-o-potamia.” Perhaps the most ample and appropriate name for all the years we have been there. When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in western Mosul (recently) to declare its liberation from ...

Another opinion

Part-time legislature is the worst choice of them all A part-time legislature may cost the state less money. It might mean more time spent at home among constituents for some legislators. And it could mean fewer session days. These do not make it a good idea. And it's certainly not the ...

John McCain’s repeal votes are most curious

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain stole the show this week with his dramatic return to the Senate to vote on the repeal of Obamacare, after surgery revealed he has brain cancer. Republican and Democratic colleagues alike gave him a standing ovation as the body narrowly voted to begin debate on ...

Last days of Charlie Gard have been sadly public

Charlie Gard’s parents were working on the last major decision they will make for him: how he will die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had given up their fight to secure an effective therapy for their severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby. They’ve just agreed to have him spend his last ...

Let’s review a few recent developments

Last week, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. This was part of a “White House shakeup” to get the Trump administration back on track. The new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, would fix the White House’s “messaging problem.” Within 24 hours of ...

Edelman plan to save Social Security is workable

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

Simply put, McCain is a patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

‘Recognizing America’s Children Act’ deserves Trump’s support

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

‘Recognizing America’s Children Act’ deserves Trump’s support

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

Looking back on Detroit riot after 50 years

Michael Barone Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before. The ...

Let’s not mirror how Trump is shutting down discussion

connie schultz In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage ...

Why would you want to call Vladimir Putin a friend?

mona charen Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the ...

Vitti should keep charter door open

We understand new Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has his hands full as he seeks to move the district beyond crisis mode. But recent comments indicating Vitti wants to get the Detroit Public Schools Community District out of the charter school business seem very short ...