Opinion

Kathleen Parker: Cosmopolitan with a twist

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between CNN senior White House correspondent (and well-known cosmopolitan) Jim Acosta and White House sniper (and senior adviser) Stephen Miller. The ...

Peter Brookes: U.S. finally getting Russia policy right

Columnists

I think we're finally doing it: Putting together a hard-nosed foreign policy that will send a strong signal to Russia that the status quo just isn't cutting it. In the last week or two, we've seen some significant steps in which the Congress and the White House are putting the Kremlin on ...

Jules Witcover: Another general called to Trump’s rescue

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, a bully who admires strong-willed military men, got fed up with his ineffective White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. So he chose former four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly -- already a member of the Cabinet as secretary of homeland security -- to replace him. A ...

Andy Schmookler: Changing lives, changing metaphors

Columnists

Metaphors are an important part of how we communicate. With a metaphor, the speaker can use what is familiar to his/her listeners so that they will better understand what may be new to them.For example, when Jesus says, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman having ...

Commentary: The process is our protection

Opinion

Often it appears that people equate the Constitution with the right to bear arms, the Second Amendment.  There is a lot more to the Constitution than that. Some of the most important parts of the Constitution explain the separation of powers between the president, the Congress and the Supreme ...

George Bowers Sr.: An unlikely need of tomatoes and people

Guest Columns

Tomato month is here! Although imported and hothouse varieties have teased us for a month or more, August has finally arrived when we can enjoy local homegrown tomatoes! Gardeners throughout the valley have been tending plants since April or May in anticipation of the fruit that is now ...

Letter to the Editor: Trump not setting example to youth

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Do you know how many times I have recited the Boy Scout oath or stood among a group of young men reciting this pledge? Every time, it brought tears to my eyes – those powerful words. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, ...

George F. Will: Diminished trust traces back to bungles in Vietnam

Columnists

One day [Marine Theodore Wallace] saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. "Sir, what are you doing?" he'd asked. "He's probably supplying the [North Vietnamese Army]," the officer said. "What's he doing out here anyway?" "It's his country!" ...

Star Parker: Work on health care must go on

Columnists

NBC's Chuck Todd started his "Meet the Press" interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price with an important question. Shouldn't we accept, Todd suggested, that it's "not Obamacare anymore, it's our national health care system. ...(Do) you accept that the attempts to repeal ...

James Pinsky: Growing our future, one community garden at a time

Guest Columns

There are a lot of ways to build a community. We here at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District like using broccoli, cucumbers and tomatoes. We like it so much that we, along with other local community stakeholders like the Town of Strasburg, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, ...

Kathleen Parker: What the world needs now

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don't wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column's creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Chrysler 300C Sedan nicely tweaked for 2017

Guest Columns

Any company still employing workers that once faced bankruptcy - as Chrysler did in 2009 - becomes invigorated with a second chance. Chrysler, purchased by Fiat, hasn’t wasted the opportunity. It shows in the luxurious 2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum full-size sedan, now outfitted with top ...

Bass Mitchell: Always have a B.o.T. nearby

Guest Columns

I have lots of stuff in my office – so many that they clutter my desk. Though this stuff might appear without value to many, each one has special meaning for me. But there’s one I must always have within reach. It’s the “B.o.T.” Okay. I hear you. “What’s the ‘B.o.T.’?” Be ...

Rich Lowry: The revolution devours Venezuela

Columnists

Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can't be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism. People are now literally starving -- about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year -- in what once was the fourth-richest country in the world on a per ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump reeling from loss on Affordable Care Act

Columnists

The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand. Since its inception in 2010, Republicans have made the Affordable Care Act a symbol of Obama-Clinton overreach -- part of a supposed plot by liberal ...