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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to recent letter

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Editor: It is obvious that some racists have appropriated and desecrated the Confederate battle flag for their pathetic causes, but those hateful folks also commonly display the Christian cross and the American flag. Do those symbols also inspire racism? Perceptions of the flag depend upon ...

Jules Witcover: A first significant step in reining in Trump

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WASHINGTON -- In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump's reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the "blue wave" vote they sought to undo him, but it ...

Marc A. Thiessen: The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate

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WASHINGTON -- Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the ...

Letter to the Editor: Birthright citizenship

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Donald Trump's father claimed he immigrated from Sweden, when in fact he apparently immigrated from Germany. This would make Fred Trump Sr. an illegal immigrant. If that is, indeed, the case, and if the president succeeds in his hateful, vicious, brainless attack against birthright ...

Letter to the Editor: A painting by everybody

Letters to the Editor

Editor: There was a warm atmosphere of generosity on every level on Tomato Soup Day in Strasburg. For starters, the long lines are described by some as the best part; stuck in a range of friends and strangers building some of the stories that will be retold by grandchildren when they have ...

Kathleen Parker: Remember Jamal Khashoggi

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WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got -- Donald Trump is still president. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Now back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, beginning and ending with: Who ordered the brutal ...

Robert B. Reich: America has rejected Trumpism

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Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to ...

Commentary: A ‘dose’ of perspective, please

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For humanity’s sake, we must embrace perspective! In this time of frenzied, sensory overload with tech gadgets growing from our hands and nursing our myopic, tribal views of the world, we need to pause, take a long breath, and reflect to consider what is truly important to our very existence ...

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to a recent column

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Marino de Medici is upset that President Trump attacks the media; instead, in a column "Enemy of the people" on this page on Oct. 31, he suggests Mr. Trump and his followers should bow to the media’s superior intelligence, objectivity, and time-honored status. He finds it shocking ...

Letter to the Editor: Flying Confederate flag is rude

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I would like to ask my friends and neighbors in Virginia to please remove the Confederate battle flag from their porch, barn, flagpole, or where ever it is being flown. It's rude. I do not dispute their right to fly the flag; I fully support the First Amendment. I'm not saying they ...

Diane Dimond: Equal justice #ForAll

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Consider the fates of two prominent Americans, comedian Louis C.K. and former President Bill Clinton. Both have been accused of serious sexual misconduct. But unlike the comedian, whose recent tiptoe back into show business has been met with howls of protest, Clinton continues to enjoy public ...

Rich Lowry: Urban America’s vagrancy outrage

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It's appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai -- and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The homeless situation in those cities and others around the country is positively Third World, a blight that ...

Star Parker: The battle to MAGA continues

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America's founders demonstrated that government is art, not science. The secret is in balance. Biennial congressional elections strike the right balance for the need for stability with the need for change. Midterm elections take place with the continuity of a sitting president. Whoever is in ...

Connie Schultz: Could this be our millennial moment?

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Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State's campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle. The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier era. ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We could lose our country, or save it

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"What are these politicians going to do for us?" A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," by way of explaining why he won't be voting in the most important midterm election in modern American history. His words have been playing on an endless ...

Mark Shields: You can’t choose your relatives

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George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

Froma Harrop: Funny how the stock market tweets come and go

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After a long absence, another "Stock Market up" tweet was issued Wednesday by Donald Trump. He'd been the troubadour singing his own praises when the Dow Jones industrial average hit new highs, but when falling stock prices wiped out most of the gains for 2018, the music stopped. He was back ...

George F. Will: Madness of college hoops goes beyond March

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WASHINGTON -- Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York ...