Opinion

Froma Harrop: Americans polarized on matter of fitness, too

Columnists

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I ...

Rich Lowry: The looming Republican disgrace

Columnists

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn't: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party. That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two feet in the grave, depending on how you're counting, is testament ...

Andy Schmookler: Republicans in Congress, is this too much to ask?

Columnists

I realize that you Republicans in Congress are in a difficult spot, depending as you do on voters who remain supportive of the President. So I understand that self-preservation puts limits on what you’re willing to do in relation to the President’s transgressions. But the nation has just ...

Bass Mitchell: For whom the sirens sound

Guest Columns

I heard the sirens today … like every day … and I thought of James … and I prayed… For 10 years we had lived in a rural part of Virginia. Having moved to Charlottesville and then to Northern Virginia, there were many adjustments to make. One of the greatest was the sound of sirens. It ...

George Bowers Sr.: Conquering the Tour de Life

Guest Columns

Each summer, the world watches as some of the toughest athletes on the globe gather in Europe for the Tour de France. This grueling test of endurance stretches over 2,200 miles in just 21 days and covers some of the steepest terrain on the continent. This year’s contest will conclude on ...

Letter to the Editor: The opioid crisis

Letters to the Editor

Editor: While everyone's in a swivet about an opioid crisis, which is truly a disaster, please spare a tear for those who suffer from unending, untreated, unbearable, chronic, debilitating pain.  The only amelioration is possible through judicious use of opioid medications. Unfortunately, ...

Letter to the Editor: The worst thing about Trump

Letters to the Editor

Editor: There are many negative traits of Donald Trump, including his disrespect of most Americans (women, minorities, the poor, etc.), but I have to share what bothers me the most. He does not care enough about this country to even bother learning anything about his new job. Every person I ...

Kathleen Parker: Repeal and regroup

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because the GOP ...

Commentary: Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

Columnists

Let's say you're inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, OK, overheated. It's a swelter out there, but so what? It's July in Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same, to make the case that it's way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia's climate ...

Jonah Goldberg: Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

Columnists

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons," "If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us ...

Commentary: The Huffington Post is going on a listening tour?

Opinion

The Huffington Post, after having been embarrassed by failing to understand voter outrage in November 2016, has announced it will be doing a “bus listening tour” of what it calls “Middle America” to ask this important question: just what does it mean to be an American? The Huffington ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Subaru Forester gets updating tweaks

Guest Columns

In one sense, it gets harder every year for Subaru to find first-time buyers for its best-selling Forester crossover. Vehicle registration records show 98 percent of all Foresters sold in the last 10 years are still on the road. Then consider that after 10 years, Foresters still maintain the ...

Letter to the Editor: Letter was sloppy in argument

Letters to the Editor

Editor: The recent letter from Louis Kocon Jr. is big on vitriol but sloppy in argument. Kocon maintains that the fault for the tragic shooting at the Republicans’ baseball team on June 14 lies with “vile rhetoric spewed out by the leaders of the Democrats.” But it is not hard to see ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What is wrong with Trump?

Columnists

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged. But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well. There is no sign ...

Froma Harrop: The suicide epidemic: Social, economic or both?

Columnists

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it's not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there's been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot ...