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Opinion

Diane Dimond: A come-to-Jesus moment for the U.S. Catholic Church

Columnists

Pope Francis has called for silence and prayer from those who criticize the Catholic Church's attempts to root out and punish priests who are committing sexual abuse. But it is clear the time for silence has long passed. Priests who prey on children are criminals, not souls to be saved for the ...

Kathleen Parker: No, I’m Spartacus!

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going ...

Rich Lowry: A new standard for stupid

Columnists

It's not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh's former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at the ...

Froma Harrop: On climate threat, states refuse to surrender

Columnists

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening -- or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is ...

Duck numbers lower as seasons approach

Guest Columns

  Duck hunting is not as popular in the Shenandoah Valley as it is in the eastern and southern parts of Virginia. But for those in the know, good wing-shooting is available locally for a variety of waterfowl species. The best sport is found by jump shooting, setting out decoys on ...

Andy Schmookler: What makes a class reunion worth attending

Columnists

I had not asked for the assignment. This was going to be our high school class’s 55th reunion. Because I’d thought that the “entertainments” we’d had at the 45th and the 50th had been a distraction from our reasons for coming together, I’d written to a friend of mine on the Reunion ...

Froma Harrop: Identity politics are a double-edged sword

Columnists

The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become "Florida's first black governor" (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be "America's first black female governor" (Time). Jared Polis, the ...

April Moore: Race and the golden rule

Guest Columns

I hope that my heartfelt wish for mutual respect and regard between the races is shared by most Americans. (I hope it’s just a fringe that relishes the idea of racial hostility and conflict.) But everyone knows that the historical reality is that “race” has long been a difficult part of ...

George Bowers Sr. Good answers to hard questions

Guest Columns

Over the years our father told us many stories about his school experiences. Times were very different, rules were very strict, and expectations were very high. There were no SOLs or Common Core and the board of education was often applied to his seat of learning. That’s not to say there ...

Jules Witcover: Who leads the Democratic Party?

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- As the rest of the Republican Party essentially stands by and allows Donald Trump to remake it in his demagogic and racist image, the rival Democratic Party staggers devoid of national leadership of its own. It is a headless horseman devoid of a single dominant figure, relying so ...

Commentary: Hate isn’t a four-letter word

Opinion

One implication of this title is that hate is and has been a problem throughout human history. From that angle it’s a large, pressing issue not a small, insignificant word. The second relates to how four-letter words lack the negative significance they once held in our increasingly profane, ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP hypocrisy is overwhelming

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Bob Goodlatte spoke before the House Judiciary Committee in 1998, saying that it was his constitutional duty to follow the truth wherever it may lead. He added that our Founding Fathers established this nation on a fundamental idea that a nation should be governed not by the whims of ...

Letter to the Editor: Hateful rhetoric from GOP at fair

Letters to the Editor

Editor: How has our county (and country) gotten to where we are today? As I worked a fair booth last week, I was shocked at the hateful rhetoric I was hearing from the Republican booth. Not knowing what "Q" meant, a friend went to investigate and discovered a very "knowledgeable" man there ...

Robert B. Reich: Conditions are ripe for another economic crash

Columnists

Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But most Americans are ...