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Opinion

Jules Witcover: A century fighting for democracy

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson won re-election on the slogan "He Kept Us Out of War," though he didn't. Four months later, he joined the Allies against Imperial Germany with another slogan: "To Make the World Safe for Democracy." That didn't work out either. On December 7, ...

George Bowers Sr. Beware of educated cowbirds

Guest Columns

We are blessed here in the valley to see thousands of birds out of our windows and over our heads. Hundreds of species inhabit our fields, mountains, and even our towns. Rare is the day that one of these feathered wonders doesn’t cross our path somewhere or the other. One specie that is ...

Letter to the Editor: Let’s have a Trumpless news day

Letters to the Editor

Editor: As we are all painfully aware, we are being bombarded in the news media by the word "Trump." Trump did this; Trump did that.  Trump twittered. Trump, Trump, Trump! I know he is the president of the United States and thus makes news, but must we be subjected to the word Trump ad ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Grasping the impact of gun violence

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"Imagine the earth beneath you opening up and swallowing you whole. Imagine feeling everything good inside you -- love, joy, kindness, trust, security, hope -- burning and scorching to embers, giving way to fear, desperation, anguish and helplessness. Imagine being trapped in your worst ...

Walter E. Williams: Some ideas to think about

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Poverty is no mystery, and it's easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fairly ...

Froma Harrop: Sombra, rescue dog of my dreams

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Dear Sombra, So you're the German shepherd so good at sniffing out stashes of cocaine that drug traffickers in Colombia want you dead. Your story -- how your laser-guided snout helped the Colombian National Police seize at least 9 tons of drugs, leading to 245 arrests -- has gone global. You ...

Diane Dimond: Profile of the next mass shooter

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The news alerts us to another mass shooting at (fill in the blank). A school, a theater, on a busy street or at a shopping mall and we shake our heads in disbelief. What's the toll this time -- five dead? Ten? Twenty? Who would do such a heartless thing? And, isn't there a way to stop sick and ...

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s strategy to soften Cohen’s news

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WASHINGTON -- Two distinct realities coexist in the nation's capital with the approximate compatibility of oil and water. There's the reality of 4.1 percent economic growth, full employment, a declining trade deficit, and some wage growth. And then there's Michael Cohen. While President ...

Mark Shields: GOP congressional candidates…on their own

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It's a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read "To Kill A Mockingbird," Harper Lee's American classic about a young child's awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches his young ...

Rich Lowry: The power of low expectations

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It's a symptom of our time that a tape of the future president of the United States discussing machinations related to an alleged affair with a former Playboy Playmate isn't truly a blockbuster. The brief snippet of conversation between Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen about buying ...

Jules Witcover: Yet another Donald Trump flip-flop

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WASHINGTON -- Days after President Trump's invitation to Vladimir Putin to come here in the fall, thus creating another domestic uproar, our impetuous and changeable leader was obliged to report his new best friend wouldn't be coming then after all. Trump's national security adviser, John ...

Connie Schutz: Trump hates journalists but not for reason he claims

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Last week, CNN Washington correspondent Ryan Nobles tweeted about a random encounter with a member of the public: "This rarely happens so I thought it was worth documenting. Gentleman stops me at the hotel where the press are staging covering POTUS -- asks if I'm part of the press corps. I say ...

Mona Charen: Can feminists cure what ails men?

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"Boys need feminists' help too," declares Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Writing in The New York Times, Valenti worries that while women "protest, run for office, and embrace the movement for gender equality in record numbers, a generation of mostly white men are being radicalized ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: On question of God, condescension gets old

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All she asked was that someone pray for her. As relayed on Twitter by the activist Brittany Packnett, the unnamed woman certainly had good reason to seek help, divine or otherwise. She was one of the people held hostage by a gunman last week in an L.A. Trader Joe's. According to Packnett, her ...

George F. Will: Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

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WASHINGTON -- If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and enjoy the following reports. Whirlpool, which makes ...

Andy Schmookler: Obstacles to the sacred space of lovers

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Some months back, in a piece titled “The Sacred Space of Lovers,” I wrote about how both our own fulfillment, and the sacred value of life itself, are served the closer we can come to the ideal of that lovers’ relationship that forms the foundation of human family life: an ideal that ...

George Bowers Sr. You can trust the Bible

Guest Columns

I don’t remember much about the sixth grade, but I vividly remember a field trip to Thunderbird Archaeological Dig in Warren County. Mrs. Josephine Lynn transmitted her love for history and geography to many of her students and planned this special outing for us to experience the work of ...