Opinion

Froma Harrop: Get government out of marriage altogether

Froma Harrop

July 27, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.

Scott Rasmussen: Opposing sharing economy is big mistake for Democrats

Scott Rasmussen

July 27, 2015

“The consumer demand for the Uber and Lyft kind of services is so great that any politician who gets in the way of that is really asking for trouble,” according to Roger McNamee. The co-founder of investment firm Elevation Partners said on CNBC that “Uber’s success is really about consumers demanding the availability of Uber and Lyft cars wherever they are.”

Mark Shields: The importance of the ‘like’ factor

Mark Shields

July 26, 2015

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton’s second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: “I don’t care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them. People must like you before they will vote for you.”

A rash of burglaries

July 25, 2015

It seems burglars are spending their summer breaking into churches and taking what doesn’t belong to them.

Letter to the Editor: Trump is right about McCain

July 25, 2015

“GOP leaders, candidates fire on Trump.” This is a front page, above-the-fold headline in the Washington Post. According to The Post, Donald Trump said John McCain “(is) a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” and lots of people are very unhappy about what Mr. Trump said.

Letter to the Editor: Americans work, fight for what we have

July 24, 2015

There has been talk of “credentials.” Well, I’ve traveled from the Dakotas to Arizona, from the Carolinas to California, and I know America. If you want to know what America wants, you have to meet its people. I see no difference amony any of them. We all have the “American dream.”

Editorial: Urge FOIA Council to strengthen open government laws

July 24, 2015

In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager’s performance last year, you’re out of luck.

Jonah Goldberg: Trump lesson that Bush, Clinton should heed

Jonah Goldberg

July 23, 2015

For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right.

Connie Schultz: The age when choices are easier

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July 22, 2015

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror as I dabbed a few drops of liquid makeup around my face and started spreading it around.

Peter Brookes: Iran deal just a ‘pause’ in its nuclear program

Peter Brookes

July 22, 2015

It turns out the Iran nuke deal is a lot like the guy or gal you spy across the room at a dimly-lit party who from afar seems quite alluring – that is, until you get closer and realize the object of your affection isn’t what you had hoped for.

Letter to the Editor: Letter writer has missed the point

July 22, 2015

In his critique of my commentary titled “The Culture of Dogma,” Richard Hoover missed the point. He thinks it inappropriate for me to bring in old history, rather than talking only about the contemporary scene, in talking about today’s Republican Party.

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a Congressional party

Mark Shields

July 21, 2015

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation’s popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have voted every time for the Democratic ticket. This, even our good friends at Fox News would concede, is not good news for the Grand Old Party.