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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 ...

McCain’s lessons of service and civility

Since the passing of Sen. John McCain last weekend, his service-above-self lifestyle has been the focus of many stories told about him. That characteristic was displayed in his military service and political involvements throughout his career. It’s why he’s referred to as an American hero. ...

Hot dishes

It’s time for comfort food. Growing up in Minnesota, I never ate casseroles; instead I ate “hot dishes.” Chicken Casserole/Hot Dish 1 c. cooked, diced chicken 1 c. rice, cooked 1 c. diced celery 2 Tbsp. diced onion 3/4 c. mayo 1 c. cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. ...

The juror who could save America

Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime. What makes Duncan memorable, besides her being the only juror to speak out since the trial ended, is that ...

The protection of their right to be afraid

“He owned the gun legally and had a concealed carry permit.” That matters? In an otherwise neutral and informative article, this reads like a bit of legal fetishism. Another human being is dead, oh so needlessly and pointlessly, thanks to a moment of lethally armed anger in a ...

Trump’s self-interest vs. the public interest

The president of the United States will not talk to special counsel Robert Mueller because his lawyers want to prevent him from walking — or, rather, talking — into a perjury trap. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s most visible lawyer, insists that no attorney worth his license would ...

The ice cream rebellion

"I'm not touching you," my 6-year-old said, holding a pillow a mere millimeter from my face after I demanded he stop hitting me with it. "I know what you're doing," I said, beyond agitated. "I know what I'm doing, too," he said gleefully. "I'm not hitting you with the pillow, just like you ...

News onslaught survival tips

Why does it feel like there is more news today than ever before? It’s like if you found yourself with a surplus of owl skulls — they’re not good or particularly helpful in any way, you have no idea what to do with them all and, if we’re being honest, they’re more than a little creepy ...

Word usage defines a person

While growing up, my parents would repeatedly remind me “you are not only judged by the company you keep but also by the words you speak. Choose both carefully.” Most mature adults understand that words, in and of itself, as well as when used together are very important, can define who we ...

HALF-TA Deal Cut

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States and Mexico had reached an agreement on renegotiating NAFTA, the three-way deal signed in 1992 between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. This deal would reopen agricultural exports to Mexico, especially helping U.S. hog and dairy ...

Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen’s decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump’s behalf has raised the prospect that if Democrats take control of Congress, they might try to impeach the president over a matter completely unrelated to a perceived criminal conspiracy ...

Final queries for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America’s most interesting arguments divide conservatives. One concerns the judiciary’s role in ...

Getting away with murder in America

Turn on prime-time television any night of the week and it’s likely you’ll find a show about a cold case murder. The program will feature an intrepid detective or two who dig in and — voila! — solve the most perplexing cases. The reality, however, is very different. Statistics reveal ...

50 years ago in Chicago

Half a century ago this week in Chicago, the Democratic National Convention nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey for president. It occurred amid wild protests in the streets and in the convention hall against the Vietnam War, casting a pall over his election chances and the party ...

What nonreligious people get wrong

With the media furiously obsessed over the supposed imminent end of the Trump presidency (spoiler alert: nope), the new conversation among the elite concerns the supposed evils of Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, our leftist thought leaders proclaim, is perhaps even more frightening than ...

Why the public doesn’t trust a Progressive press

Just when I think I can switch to a topic other than the rank hypocrisy and fraud of our national press, they serve up another fresh helping. This past week saw at least three. The first was the parade of paeans given to recently deceased Sen. John McCain. McCain was a veteran and longtime ...