Statistical differences mean injustice?
September 23, 2014 How many times have we heard laments such as “women are 50 percent of the population but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs” and, as the Justice Department recently found, “blacks are 54 percent of... more »»
California adds steam to bag-banning effort
September 23, 2014 California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. more »»
Obama combat troops promise a rhetorical dodge
September 21, 2014 WASHINGTON — In Barack Obama’s determination to preserve his legacy as the president who got America off a permanent war footing after the 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he is... more »»
Quit defending abuse, America
September 20, 2014 Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s arrest on child abuse charges has sparked a huge debate about corporal punishment, one that exposes deep cultural rifts. more »»
Mark Sanford has ongoing saga
September 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to deman... more »»
Hillary ‘steak’ is not well done
September 17, 2014 Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “... more »»
Here’s what’s ahead for Ferguson
September 17, 2014 The funeral is over. The protests have subsided. The lax and listless wheels of justice in Ferguson, Missouri are beginning to turn. A St. more »»
Do we need a place called home?
September 15, 2014 There’s this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. more »»
Reality impinges on admin’s Mid East policy
September 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — The strategy President Obama has laid out to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and... more »»
Is football a civilized sport?
September 13, 2014 I’m not much of a football fan, never have been, but I’ve lived most of my life in households where games dominated family schedules during football season. more »»
Renouncing American citizenship for profit
September 13, 2014 The United States Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with all the rights of flesh-and-bone citizens — beginning, of course, with the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amount... more »»
We needed to see Rice video
September 12, 2014 Should we have seen the video of Ray Rice pummeling Janay Palmer Rice into unconsciousness? Unequivocally, I say yes. Before explaining why, I want to share Ms. Rice’s objection to this coverage. more »»
Immigration red line where?
September 12, 2014 No one will ever mistake President Barack Obama for Lyndon Johnson, the master legislator as president. He doesn’t really do congressional schmoozing or arm-twisting. more »»
Nothing like exceptionally good luck
September 11, 2014 After enduring lavish praise while receiving an award before a big Hollywood dinner crowd, Jack Benny expertly deflected all the fawning with these words: "I don't deserve this honor, but then I hav... more »»