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DeSantis guilty only of Trump sycophancy, not racism

I don’t know Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP nominee for Florida governor. I met him once. He seemed nice enough. I know he’s got an impressive resume. He went to Yale for his B.A. and Harvard for his law degree. He enlisted in the Navy and was deployed overseas as an advisor to the SEALs, among ...

Here’s an idea…Kid-zone airplanes!

"Will you be taking the kids?" my childless friend asked. "I will," I gulped. A 22-hour flight with little ones didn't sound ideal to me, either. "Ew. No offense, but this is exactly why they should make planes that are children-free zones." First of all, no offense taken on the idea of a ...

Beware of spontaneous showers

A gross misjudgment led me to a place I — nor any man — belongs. It was like Jake Sully from Avatar finding himself surrounded by the Na’vi, only with slightly fewer visible spears and dragon rides and considerably more estrogen. There were strange sights, smells and customs I didn’t ...

Ginnie’s birthday storm

I always knew Ginnie was a special woman, but this is ridiculous! We were leaving the movie theater in Burlington. I had taken Ginnie to “Crazy Rich Asians” for her birthday (excellent movie) and we were headed for dinner at Burlington’s finest restaurant overlooking the Mississippi. I ...

Swine Fever Heats up Hog Market

Hog prices exploded to a two-month high on Friday as markets assessed a new threat: an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China. The highly contagious and fatal disease has been found on 18 farms across six provinces in China, the world’s largest hog producer and consumer. While the ...

The government’s guidance on campus rape deserves another look

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...

What would Jesus say?

The sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is not going away any time soon. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike are shocked and repulsed at what was revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report: Decades of sexual abuse of over a thousand victims by hundreds of priests, routinely covered ...

Mainstream news media strike back

The New York Times Editorial Board made an uncommon decision Wednesday to publish an anonymously written opposite-page opinion piece disclosing an embryonic “resistance” movement to President Trump within his White House. It was so unorthodox that, anticipating public pushback, the Times ...

Screaming and whining aren’t strategies

This week, Democrats pulled out all the stops in their attempts to stop President Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, from gaining a seat on the Supreme Court. Now, Democrats have no power to stop Kavanaugh’s ascension; thanks to former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Democrats invoked the ...

Judging Kavanaugh

Some people are very angry about President Trump’s new Supreme Court pick. “Hell no, Kavanaugh! He is a dangerous man!” protesters shouted on the steps of the Supreme Court. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand yelled, “What is at stake is freedom for LGBTQ Americans, for equal rights, civil ...

Be a media monitor

Our children today grow up in the world of “apps.” However, the increased amount of time spent on media and apps can have a negative impact on a child’s growth and development. Media time for infants and toddlers The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that children younger ...

Chuck Todd badly undermines himself

Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren’t large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he’s written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining — and to Start ...

Eminently qualified Kavanaugh facing hostile Democrats

Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, are pitted ...

A cancer on the papacy?

This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been a predator-priest who preyed on seminarians and abused altar ...

What I want to remember about John McCain

On May 14, 1973, two months after John McCain’s release from a North Vietnamese prison, U.S. News & World Report published his 43-page essay about what he had endured there. His narrative of his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war — the torture, the starvation, the intermittent waves of ...

John McCain: Warm remembrances of roads not taken

Warm remembrances of Sen. John McCain have been filling the political air since his death last weekend. They’ll continue through his the memorial service in Phoenix, his funeral Saturday at Washington National Cathedral and his interment at the Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis on Sunday. ...

South Africa question

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump’s recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to “closely study” alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land confiscation motion was brought by radical Marxist ...

Here’s to people who work with their hands

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker — the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads — he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

Clerical cowards and their cover-up

“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and last some crisis shows what we have become,” said Brooke Foss Westcott, the British bishop of Durham in the late 1800s. What ...