Columns

Part-time Legislature means a better form of government

brian calley We have taken great strides to improve our state over the last several years, but one key area still needing reform is how the lawmaking process works. Forty-one other states operate under a part-time legislative system. Our method of full-time year-round lawmaking leads to ...

Will Afghanistan always remain a bottomless pit?

Cal Thomas 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 ...

Drinking water wells need state’s protection

A confluence of recent headlines leaves a bad taste in our mouths — and worse. First, a project by journalism students at Arizona State University reveals that very nearly all the 45 million Americans who rely on private wells for their drinking water have no idea what they are putting into ...

Trump becomes a reluctant hawk

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In laying out in general terms his path as a wartime president, Donald Trump has done his best to paper over his decision to follow his generals and stay the course in Afghanistan. He has accepted a policy basically identical to the one he consistently condemned ...

Democrats must sign on to more coherent immigration policy

Let us avert our eyes from the president’s display of instability in Phoenix. We knew what to expect. When Donald Trump occasionally goes “presidential,” as he did the day before on Afghanistan, a tantrum is sure to follow. You could set your watch by it. Many Republicans are quietly ...

With President Trump, the abnormal is the new normal

You hear it constantly these days: “This can’t go on.” “Something’s got to give.” The hope that impeachment is around the corner is an unspoken assumption in much media coverage. “Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment” blared a recent Newsweek headline. (News ...

A bit of historical hysteria

“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 ...

President should also be a moral leader

It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain an unscheduled drive from the White House he had once taken. ‘’I was outraged,’’ the president wrote when he was out of office, ‘’when I read in the newspapers about a black family. ...

Donald Trump: Increasingly unfit to lead America, west

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” — Edmund Burke, “Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents” Edmund Burke’s admonition in 1770 should be taken as a warning to us today. The ...

What identity politics hath wrought

Michael Barone There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler ...

Armageddon postponed

Cal Thomas North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up ...

Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

Mona charen This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Trump’s inability to handle truth drags his party down

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In case you’ve been wondering why President Trump flip-flopped twice in assigning blame for the Charlottesville street violence last weekend, the reason was simple. As he told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby on Tuesday, he didn’t have the facts at the time ...

Trump no longer shocks; his helpers who know better do

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I’ve stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. ...

Diversity flaps are often manufactured

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, ...

This kind of hatred should bring Americans together

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who ...

Trump’s deadly ego trip

Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, ...

President Trump is provoking his own crisis

Donald Trump assured us during his campaign, “I know words. I have the best words.” But are “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” really the best words for a president to use in an increasingly volatile international crisis involving nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles? No ...

Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify ...