Opinion

Mark Shields: Donald Trump: In the ‘American’ tradition

Mark Shields

July 6, 2015

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually become a real candidate. Then after Trump’s rambling announcement speech on June 16, the smart money had a fresh analysis: All this press coverage, the savvy Donald shrewdly calculated, was just more free publicity to boost the ratings of his TV shows and to burnish the Trump brand.

Letter to the Editor: America doesn’t need open season on symbols

July 6, 2015

Truth to tell, and at the risk of further inflaming current hysteria, the horrific event in Charleston has been turned into a “gift that keeps on giving,” into a new battle flag/Confederacy paradigm. What was long dead and respected — even by Union veterans — has now been resurrected into something so loathsome and alive that it stands in the way of “justice,” is made culpable for the dissatisfaction of millions.

Froma Harrop: Too many people are crowding the great sights

Froma Harrop

July 5, 2015

ROME, Italy — On a recent June day, about 24,999 other tourists and I squeezed into the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Seeing the Vatican and its museums is one of the most visually magnificent experiences on Earth. Clearly, the word has gotten out.

Connie Schultz: What a gay day for Christians

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July 4, 2015

This column is in response to my fellow Christians who insist they’re not bigots just because they oppose marriage equality. I’ve been hearing from them a lot after writing a short essay and posting it on Facebook in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-gender marriage.

Peter Brookes: Nuke deal doesn’t mean Iran troubles are over

Peter Brookes

July 2, 2015

With the deadline pushed off until Tuesday, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break.

Letter to the Editor: Which ‘clown’ will I vote for?

July 2, 2015

I have been watching the commentators of the television news media saying the “clown car” is arriving – referring to Republican candidates Donald Trump, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal. Hillary Clinton – she too, is a clown – trying to portray that she is interested in the middle class. Bernie Sanders – does he really think he can be elected president?

Commentary: Honor our nation’s founding — by voting

July 2, 2015

As we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the founding of our nation on July 4th, its birth certificate being the Declaration of Independence, one of the best ways to honor that event, and the American and allied soldiers and sailors who fought in the War for Independence, is by being an informed and active voter.

Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

Kathleen Parker

July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

Letter to the Editor: Liberalism is once again on the rise

July 1, 2015

In the 20th century we saw continuing but ever so slow progress in the struggle for equal rights in this country. In that very century we saw women’s suffrage and a civil rights movement that broke the back of segregation and now, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling, homosexuals have finally overcome the extreme prejudice that prevented them from enjoying full membership and justice in the social order.

Letter to the Editor: It’s God’s move

July 1, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the biblical definition of marriage [one man and one woman] and the biblical purpose of marriage [to procreate] is no longer the acceptable standard in this country.

Diane Dimond: Deny, deny until they die

Diane Dimond

June 30, 2015

So, the U.S. government has finally decided to help some 2,000 Air Force personnel exposed to Agent Orange residue left over in airplanes used during the Vietnam War. They are now eligible for disability, medical and survivor benefits.

Froma Harrop: President Obama’s lonely road

Froma Harrop

June 30, 2015

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political consequences of its collapse.

Mark Shields: Politics, religion: An uneasy coexistence

Mark Shields

June 29, 2015

Regular readers may remember the “Shields rule,” about the tension between organized religion and politics. It goes like this: With but one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams — men and women of the cloth — should stay out of all partisan American politics. The one exception, of course, is any major political fight in which the minister, priest, rabbi or imam courageously dares to support my candidate or to join my side.

In South, grace, dignity after church shootings

Jonah Goldberg

June 29, 2015

“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.