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What Identity Politics Hath Wrought

There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in ...

Charlottesville: David Duke Still Matters — Who Knew?

Who knew David Duke mattered? Cable news made the former wizard of the KKK quite visible in Charlottesville, at what planners billed as the largest gathering of the “alt-right community.” The “Unite the Right” rally encouraged the like-minded to go to and demonstrate in ...

Selective Service memories

Interviews with veterans drafted into service during World War II or Korea brought back memories of the tumultuous 1960s, and early 1970s, when the Selective Service System was a flash-point for debate, draft card burning, and more. Some men moved to Canada to escape the draft. Others ...

Charlottesville didn’t spring from nowhere

It is important to look beyond the riot. Yes, last week’s violent demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, made for a carnival of obscenity as sickening as it was riveting. But the thing is, it did not spring ...

Voting Fraud Exists. It Just Does

Crimes are being committed in the United States every time there is an election. There are plenty of illegally registered voters on the rolls, and a good portion of them are casting ballots. Some are not U.S. citizens. Others flout the law and either vote in more than one state or vote posing ...

Turn this into a blessing!

Dear Dave, We’re following your plan, and we’re in the middle of paying off all our debts except for the house. My wife just learned she’ll be losing her job at the end of the year. She’s a project manager for a software company in Seattle, and she will be receiving a severance ...

Trump No Longer Shocks. Helpers Who Know Better Do

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I’ve stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. ...

America’s Second Civil War

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the ...

A remarkable year of inspiration

It’s hard to believe that we are at the year-mark in what began as a year-long series saluting veterans, “In service to our country …” Every Thursday, we feature a new profile of someone from the area whose service we are indebted to. The stories are just a small glimpse into the ...

History and the eclipse

I learned that tomorrow, Aug. 21, at 11:44 a.m., from our vantage, the solar eclipse will begin. At 1:09 p.m., 96.65 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. The eclipse will end at 2:34 p.m. While researching these facts, I also learned the concept of the “presidential self-pardon” ...

Excerpts from the sleepover journal

I never attended many sleepovers when I was a kid, nor do I go to many now as an adult because that would be considered weird. Just me showing up at a buddy’s house with my Superman sleeping bag and a VHS copy of “Rudy.” Me: “I can’t wait to stay up past the bedtimes our wives put ...

Those ascended into Heaven

This past Tuesday my Roman Catholic friends celebrated the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus; but I can’t find reference to her assumption in the Bible. I know we Protestants do not recognize the doctrine of Mary’s assumption, but is there biblical support for a doctrine of ...

Corn can’t pop

Corn prices continued lower this week, dropping underneath $3.50 per bushel for the first time this year after the USDA showed improving corn crop quality on Monday. The USDA was already projecting an ample 14.2 billion bushel crop, and improving quality could boost the crop size to the ...

No knees, please

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the apparel young women wear on television: “Dear Heloise: I have a comment and a question. Why is there not enough budget money for the news and weather women to have clothing that would cover their knees?” - Anonymous in San ...

Trump Is Right: Bigotry, Violence ‘on Many Sides’

British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, “It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual.” The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness ...

The Group That Got Ignored in Charlottesville

The “alt-right” is evil. White supremacism is evil. Neo-Nazism is evil. I’ve been saying these things my entire career; I’ve spent more than a year slamming various factions on the right that refuse to disassociate from and condemn popularizers of the racist alt-right. The media, too, ...

Trump’s inability to handle the truth drags his party down

In case you’ve been wondering why President Trump flip-flopped twice in assigning blame for the Charlottesville street violence last weekend, the reason was simple. As he told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby on Tuesday, he didn’t have the facts at the time of his first comments, and when ...

Parents want to coax daughter out of shyness

Q: Our daughter is painfully shy. As a toddler, she would run behind her mom’s legs when guests visited. Even now, as a young teenager, she struggles to look people in the eye. She does well in school, but we’re still concerned. How can we help our girl overcome her fear of social ...

Armageddon postponed

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

The Press Is Not Trusted or Popular

CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question that asked: “How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?” If a regular viewer of CNN were to choose ...