Columns

Ferguson was grade A media circus

WASHINGTON - As the curtain closes on the latest episode of "Ferguson," the media series, it is fair to wonder whether events might not have spiraled out of control to the extent they did had the media settled on another topic.Ebola, say. Remember that one?I'm not the first to wonder or comment ...

US must stop rampant corporate welfare

Getting something for nothing is a pretty sweet deal - at least if you're the one getting something. Not so much if you're the one receiving nothing in exchange.Oil and gas companies are extracting gas from federal lands and paying nothing for much of it, according to a new Taxpayers for Common ...

Restitution, shaming needed

No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a ...

Big media’s bad advice for Dems

Before anyone even knew just how badly the Democrats would get trounced in the 2014 midterm elections, some pundits were already sending the party a message: Be more like the Republicans.Now they don't put it that way, exactly. The professional campaign watchers like to say instead that the ...

Can racial discrimination explain much?

In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ...

Why everyone should meet their meat

A beloved organic farm in San Diego recently canceled a gourmet dinner it had planned to host. Guests had already paid $150 for a local, organic five-course meal prepared by several top chefs from the region.The dinner was called Death for Food. Whose death for whose food?The farm's website ...

In Ferguson, as elsewhere, real power exercised in voting booth

In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there:Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six City Council members and nearly the entire police ...

Pentagon fiscal forercast is slushy

The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year.That may sound like a lot of money. But that figure doesn't even count the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar slush fund - known to policy wonks as the "Overseas Contingency Operations," or ...

Does definition make him look rich?

How much income do America's households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?Questions don't get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything anybody collects from a paycheck, ...

Obama must put Americans first

Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth ...

Fracking rush hits a large pothole

Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40.What ignited his rise to the ranks of Americans with money to burn? He owns a company called Parsley Energy Inc. that extracts oil ...

Elite contempt for ordinary Americans

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. ...

Poor suffer from hunger, not munchies

Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table with your loved ...

History is clear on subject: Democrats are chronically depressed group

"Smiles at the gas pump," my local headline reads. The price of gasoline has fallen below $3 a gallon.When the national average rose last year to $3.51, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, complained that "the liberal anti-free market policies of the Obama administration discourage the exploration of ...

Let’s really reform immigration, to encourage high-skill immigrants

"When the facts change, I change my mind," economist John Maynard Keynes said when charged with inconsistency. "What do you do, sir?"As President Obama threatens to stretch his power to faithfully execute the law to a breaking point by effectively legalizing some 5 million illegal immigrants, ...

It might be time to kill the lame duck session

WASHINGTON - The current lame duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old partisanship that characterized the last few years in Washington, as the Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline construction bill ...

Quality of life at stake in site development

Eagle Mine LCC, a subsidiary of Lundin Mining of Toronto and Sweden, has recently applied for a mineral lease on 40 acres of state owned property (in other words, our property) that lie a short distance southeast of the current Eagle Mine site.It also lies within a few hundred yards of the ...

Don’t mess around with shingles; getting vaccinated recommended

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles, reports Mary Rosner, Public Health Officer for Marinette County Health and Human Services."Shingles is a viral infection that ...

Right GOP response to Obama

Now that President Obama has acted to defer deportation for some four to five million illegal immigrants, all eyes will be on the Republican Party's response.How they handle the challenge may well shape the future of the party and the country.Provocateurs will urge defiance. Retiring Oklahoma ...

It’s the end of an admirable era

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American's service, was the national policy that made his career ...