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Opinion

Andy Schmookler: Reasons for denying climate change

Columnists

Everybody has reasons not to want to believe what scientists are saying about climate change. For starters, who wants to believe that we humans are facing our greatest challenge ever? Life is hard enough, just meeting the challenges of taking care of our families. And most of us resist ...

Bonner Day: Past conduct comes back to haunt

Guest Columns

I think my worst nightmare has come true. I have always worried about the permanent record kept of me in school. Teachers pointed out it recorded every act, good or bad, at school. I always hoped that the record would be lost or buried accidentally. After I had lived the straight and narrow ...

George Bowers Sr.: Abs of steel, necks of iron

Guest Columns

How enjoyable it was to watch the Summer Olympic Games as athletes from all over the globe competed for top honors in hundreds of different categories. Of course the convincing success of American competitors helped to make it even more exciting for me, but the sheer force of human will to rise ...

Kathleen Parker: If animals could vote

Columnists

The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of critical, administrative rulemakings has done more to protect animals than any other president in recent memory. This will be especially devastating if ...

Scott Rasmussen: Growth opens door to better life

Columnists

  Last week, I wrote about how our standard of living has grown much faster in recent decades than most people realize. Official statistics show that average income has doubled since the 1970s and research by economist William Nordhaus shows that the reality is even more ...

James Pinsky: Want a nice rack? Be a conservationist

Guest Columns

  Deer season is coming. Many hunters, the good ones anyway, never really stop hunting. We scout year-around. We practice with our weapons of choice year-around. We update our hunting equipment, fix and place tree stands, and learn new techniques – again, year around. Why? ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP is not the party of Lincoln

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Tom Sayre claims that the Democratic Party founded the Ku Klux Klan and Democrats were shooting at Republicans during the Civil War (in the recent Northern Virginia Daily story "Warren GOP, NAACP getting closer"). I am sure that Mr. Sayre understands that the development of the two ...

Mark Shields: Democrats really need white blue-collar voters

Columnists

You're a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation's political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All "the best people" -- presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers -- told you that American trade ...

Diane Dimond: Voting vigilance matters

Columnists

It's time for America to get its cybersecurity act together -- on many fronts. But we need to start a serious discussion, right now, about how to keep the upcoming presidential election results safe and secure. This needs to be a completely nonpartisan discussion that looks past a particular ...

Jonah Goldberg: Why now is the right time to talk about ethanol

Columnists

    Since it's been seven months since the Iowa caucuses and it'll be another three-plus years until that hell is fresh again, this is the best time to talk about ethanol. Just in case you didn't know, ethanol is very popular in Iowa and other corn states, which is ...

Letter to the Editor: Neither candidate puts nation first

Letters to the Editor

Editor: A recent letter writer indicated that the world would be better off if Obama would have a third term, instead of either of the two candidates running for president. May I say that is a bold statement of misunderstanding of the Constitution, especially the 22nd amendment restricting a ...

Andy Schmokler: The real danger from the TPP

Columnists

Most of the criticism of our trade deals has focused on the very real problem of jobs and decent wages for American workers. But we hear curiously little about what, in the long run, would likely prove the worst thing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership: a provision that would seriously erode ...

Scott Rasmussen: America still land of opportunity

Columnists

  America has long been known as the land of opportunity. "When one starts poor," Abraham Lincoln observed, a "free society is such that he knows he can better his condition." It's a theme constantly celebrated in popular culture. In the 19th century, countless Horatio Alger ...

Commentary: Ask grandmothers about political correctness

Opinion

Grandmothers have wisdom for these times and we need to hear their voices. When I was teaching sociology, I began the first class by asking each student "who was the most influential person in your life?" Grandmothers won hands down. When pressed to explain why, their response was always ...

Bonner Day: Harness racing is not for everyone

Guest Columns

Wednesday was opening day for harness racing in Woodstock, and I was there with the wife. Though the day was hot, the shade of the grandstands was comfortable and filled. Men and women negotiated the stairs with walkers. The dress was country, with the hot weather in mind. Kids were eating ...

Jason F. Wright: Glimpsing heaven, and choosing to live

Guest Columns

Miki Ogao lies on the table for yet another outpatient medical procedure. Doctors are performing a Swan-Ganz catheterization to check the health of her finicky heart. She feels nothing, but she's wide awake. She hears the doctors and nurses discussing the procedure and marveling at their quirky ...

George Bowers Sr.: Appraising pearls of great price

Guest Columns

Can you imagine having $100 million and not even knowing it? Wouldn’t it be great when you found out? Last week, a fisherman in the Philippines had this enviable experience. The story began 10 years ago when this unidentified man, along with his brothers and father, were trying to escape ...