OPINION: We are all fluent in the language foretold by George Orwell
Effective leadership requires that one not only speak the truth but speak it with conviction and authentic passions natural to events. President Obama’s remarkable dispassion, punctuated occasionally by a brilliant smile that seems attached to a timer, has the effect of no affect whatsoever.
OPINION: The war on women is based on just one thing - - abortion rights.
Virginia voters who oppose Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock’s legislative record have a clear alternative. But if they cast their ballots for Democrat John Foust, they’ll be electing a man whose disrespect toward women and the single job only women can do — mothering — is at least as offensive as Rush Limbaugh’s name-calling of Sarah Fluke.
OPINION: One thing Eric Cantor did not have was a ground game
Two victories, assuming the second, hardly bestow bragging rights on the tea party. Nor, consequently, would they bolster the Democratic narrative that the tea party has conquered the GOP.
Everyone faces the ultimate deadline, soon or later
Though we mostly lost touch, there are no friends like those from the time when life seemed infinite and death was a poem.
OPINION: President Obama has defended his decision on precedent and principle
It is possible that some of the current criticism is tied to partisan pride as well as the opening of old wounds.
OPINION: Stricter school meal rules are impacting educational programs
The so-called federal Dumpster Derby program gets its name from students’ dislike for the new food choices, leading to much of the food being tossed rather thasn eaten.
OPINION: America expects its president to know what is going on, not learn it when they rest of us do
It may be that the programs the president should be on top of are too big and complex, but to admit that would be an admission by President Obama that his ideology is failing.
OPINION: Some now want provacative works of literature to come with warning labels
We might expect that professors, guided by their own educations, common sense and goodwill, might mention the potential to find some words or expressions disturbing. But requiring labels on books is the busywork of smallish minds, yet another numbing example of political correctness run amok and the infantilizing of education in the service of overreaching sensitivity.
OPINION: Fairness doesn’t always mean absolute equality
The targeting of Jill Abramson and Hillary Clinton — two powerful, accomplished women — may prove more predictive of the presidential election (assuming Clinton runs) than any other single factor.
OPINION: White House Correspondents event shines spotlight on Hollywood for Ugly People
The media create the problem, then examine the problem, then suggest ways to solve the problem (that we don’t really believe is a problem) and then go on to repeat the problem of the annual schmoozing of celebrities and journalists.
OPINION: The words of one person are too often generalized to condemn a larger group
We should all be nervous about the instantaneous formation of social media mobs that attack a single individual whose comments, while contemptible, result in a virtual execution. Once the mob descends, no punishment short of absolute destruction seems sufficient. People may want justice but the mob wants blood.
OPINION: By not invading the rest of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin gets a pass — and keeps Crimea
To Putin’s mind, he has emerged from these “diplomatic negotiations” — translated in Russian to mean “I did it my way” — as a tough statesman, generous in his restraint yet just scary enough to hold the world’s attention.
OPINION: During what many had hoped would be a post-racial America, racial division has been amplifie
The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.
OPINION: Stephen Colbert will take over The Late Show from David Letterman in 2015
By selecting Stephen Colbert as its marquee late-night talk host, CBS is not taking a swipe at the heartland of America, but bringing to the interview desk a comedian with a sharp wit who won’t be playing his “The Colbert Report” character.
OPINION: The Kochs may be tarred and feathered by liberals before the November elections
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the Kochs un-American, a powerful government official fired a shot across the bow of two private citizens who have acted within the law while contributing wealth to the economy through employment.
OPINION: Minimum wage efforts are designed to motivate the Democratic Party base
An increase in minimum wage is a decent idea, but only in times of economic stability.
OPINION: criticism of Michelle Obama has gotten downright ugly
Every first lady faces trials, and Hillary Clinton’s years in the White House were certainly no picnic. Even Laura Bush felt the sting now and then. But the harsh barrage against Mrs. Obama, often in the most personal terms, is in a class of its own.
OPINION: Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz form odd couple partnership on religion issue
Witnessing Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Kenneth Starr discuss and largely agree on religious liberty issues raised by the popularly known Hobby Lobby case was pleasantly jarring.
OPINION: The meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise
Though Pope Francis may bless President Obama and beam that knowing smile, his prayer for humanity’s salvation has no political party affiliation.
OPINION: A new movie about Noah gets backlash from Muslims and Christians alike
“Noah” isn’t ,meant to be a sermon, call to prayer, encouragement for religious conversion or a disrespect of a prophet. It’s a big-budget movie made to entertain, inspire and be profitable.
OPINION: When going gets tough, make the test easier
The “tweaks” to the SAT are a shame because they rob educators of meausres that provide critical information on prospective college students.
OPINION: California starts to focus on fiscal responsibility
Gov. Jerry Brown has traded his earlier dreams for the Golden State to pragmatic policies that has turned deficit spending in Calfornia into a surplus.
OPINION: A new outreach initiative by the president to help at-risk boys of color is cause for cheer
Sometimes things can change only when the right messenger comes along.
OPINION: The Louisiana governor appears to be flexing his political muscles
Gov. Bobby Jindal is poised for a run at the White House as himself, not the coached, awkward politician who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address five years ago.
OPINION: The old-fashioned idea of men being chivalrous toward women is not in vogue today
Although we can argue that women shouldn’t get drunk and convey mixed signals, they are functionally less able to resist the advances of a determined male.
OPINION: After years of self-destruction, GOP lawmakers have stopped helping Democrats beat them
Republicans are staying away from divisive issues and concetrating on the narrative that President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are failures.
OPIONION: Objective truth has gone the way of trolls, goblins and gremlins
Freeing people from work, until now, has never been a national goal.
OPINION: In a word, Hillary Clinton officially has been memed
In the 1992 poll on which the headline labeling Hillary Clinton was based, what voters found as “slick” with Bill Clinton they found as “ruthless” with Hillary Clinton.
OPINION: The call for religious freedom in the world by President Obama apparently does not include the United States
Many who heard the president’s remarks said they would have been encouraged by them, if only his actions reflected what he said.
OPINION: Evidence is skimpy on the latest accusations against Gov. Chris Christie
Conservative wagons are circling the governor because they dislike the media more than a moderate Republican.
OPINION: The health risks of professional football are serious concerns
Anyone who has had a concussion knows it’s serious business. Successive concussions can have long-lasting effects leading to various mental disorders.
OPINION: The cost of college has skyrocketed at an even higher percentage than medical costs
One study indicates that many colleges and universities are depending on their reputation than their current perfomance.
OPINION: Republicans cannot seem to learn that it is how you say the message
In trying to dispel the notion of a Republican war on women, Mike Hukcabee’s choice of words clouds his message.
OPINION: The timing of Mayor Dawn Zimmers accusation is suspect
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer waits until the bridge closing scandal before finding the “courage” to accuse Gov. Chris Christie of playing politics with Hurricane Sandy relief funds.
OPINION: Everybody these days is confessing to the pot-smoking days of their youth
The so-called War on Drugs hasn’t made a dent in the popularity of marijuana, which should be decriminalized, regulated and taxed.
OPINION: War on Poverty should rebuild culture of marriage
Marriage, besides being the best arrangement for children, has the added benefit of being good for grown-ups. One of the risk factors for poverty is single parenting.
OPINION: If Gov. Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closing, he can survive
Gov. Christie can now be viewed as a victim of malicious staffers and a two-faced, pro-Democratic Party media.
OPINION: As the midterm elections near, be skeptical of what you hear
“Income inequality” may be the most brilliant turn of a phrase to hit the political discourse.
America must regain our national imperative to do and be better
To preserve the American Dream, two resolutions come to mind: Denounce envy and resurrect the community standard.
OPINION: A look back at the mailbag and a few clarifications
Certitude is a mask one dons only for deadlines, after which, feet on desk, one ruminates on the source of such certitude. This, of course, leads to crippling self-doubt, which in turn may lead to drinking or, worse, yoga.
OPINION: Phil Robertson is the unlikely center of a societal vortex
A healthy if dwindling percentage of the country feels helplessly opposed to redefining marriage reveals an existential divide that won’t easily be bridged. Phil Robertson didn’t create it; he exposed it.
OPINION: The color of Santa is aired out, thanks to the cable TV news time that has to be filled
It should be no surprise that, as demographics shift, so do cultural icons. It is also understandable that such challenges would be unsettling to many, but there are more sophisticated ways of discussing them without resorting to “The War on (fill in the blank).”
OPINION: Paul Ryan is being groomed to be the missing leader GOP has been seeking
By pushing through an admittedly imperfect budget plan, Republicans placed the nation ahead of party unity.
OPINION: The incompetence of Republicans communicating their case to women is ridiculous
The GOP would do better if it recruited some of its smartest women to public service.
OPINION: Pope Francis has conservatives reeling with his comments on unfettered capitalism
Pope Francis is an activist, a street worker, a foot washer and evangelizer. There’s nothing passive or pandering about him. And it would appear that Francis is quite willing to offend sensibilities.
OPINION: Republicans are missing a chance to resolve problems, opting instead to merely criticize
Without offering alternatives, the GOP is failing to take advantage of missteps by Democrats.
OPINION: Republicans would be wise to meet Democrats in the middle on food assistance programs
With the tough economy, keeping nutrition aid and education in place is the right thing to do.
OPINION: Business leaders should let Thanksgiving remain a family holiday
Black Friday and pushed its way into Thanksgiving Day.
OPINION: Even after 50 years, it is difficult to shed memories of the day JFK was killed
For many Americans, the death of President John F. Kennedy was like the death of a member of their family.
OPINION: Some people and events should be retired from impulse to similize
By invoking horrific tragedy, atrocity and evil acts in political criticism, those events become trivialized.