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Letter to the Editor: Let’s not repeat past mistakes

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Fifteen years ago we invaded Afghanistan to punish those involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster. We are still there. Our nation's greatest wealth is in its youth, and their continued sacrifice of time and lives is disgraceful and disrespectful. As Napoleon discovered at Moscow, ...

Jonah Goldberg: Free speech isn’t always a tool of virtue

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There's a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in horror ...

James Pinsky: Hail to the mighty earthworm

Guest Columns

As a child, worms I and were great friends because they helped me with two things in my life: catch fish and kept pesky girls at bay. Decades later, I’ve learned that the mighty and underappreciated earthworm does a lot more than catch fish and chase off pigtails. In fact, they may well be ...

Kathleen Parker: Can words be lethal?

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WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter when used in a potentially consequential way among everyday ...

Commentary: Big ship era begins for Port of Virginia

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A new era of international trade is underway on the East Coast and The Port of Virginia is well-positioned to cement its position as the mid-Atlantic’s primary global gateway for world trade. In early May, the port welcomed the largest container ship to ever come to the East Coast. A few ...

Robert B. Reich: Government by and for Trump

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Last week, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Donald Trump's Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment. Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a two-bit ...

Froma Harrop: Trump as Caesar: Irresponsible, nasty, fun

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Lend me your ears. You'll be glad. Today's subject is the controversial production of "Julius Caesar" in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today's angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew ...

Tom Crosby: Dodge’s popular Durango SUV adds GT trim

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Dodge dropped its limited edition of the Durango for 2017, replacing it with a new GT (Grand Touring) trim with a monochromatic exterior preserving the SUV’s already good looks. Our test drive had an eye-catching bright White Knuckle Clear-Coat paint job mimicking a Star Wars Storm Troopers ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Scalise, Pelosi and return to civility

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Sometimes terrible tragedies can bring us together, and I'm hopeful that somehow a lasting good will come out of the ballfield shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. And maybe even a rebirth of civility, which has virtually disappeared from politics, and perhaps our culture as well. Rep. Steve ...

Mark Shields: Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

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In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew -- having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Diane Dimond: Child brides are not a thing of the past

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Sherry Johnson gave birth when she was 10 years old. When she turned 11, her parents, members of a conservative Pentecostal church, decided she should marry the 20-year-old man who had raped her. Their reasoning? Marriage would deflect a criminal case and help protect the reputation of the ...

Kathleen Parker: Has third of nation been eating shrooms?

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WASHINGTON -- In one of Walker Percy's brilliant novels, "The Second Coming," protagonist Will Barrett keeps falling down for no apparent reason. He also suffers trances during which he contemplates existential questions. Barrett comes to mind in the era of Donald Trump. I'm not falling down ...

Rich Lowry: He’s a Republican now

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Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes it. Commentators who ...

Letter to the Editor: Time to remember the war honestly

Letters to the Editor

Editor: On Monday, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation issued a statement that closed: "As an organization established to protect and promote our nation's Civil War history, we do not support the recent removal of Civil War-related monuments across the nation...But there is no place ...

Scott Rasmussen: Venmo is forcing big banks to innovate

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Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn't even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very large ...

Jules Witcover: Sessions digs in, in defense of self, Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. For more than ...