War and the Constitution


Can the President fight any war he wishes? Can Congress fund any war it chooses? Are there constitutional and legal requirements that must first be met before war is waged? Can the United States legally attack an ally? These questions should be front and center in a debate over the U.S. ...

City parks and facilities naming rights

Your View

I would like to clarify the issue of naming city parks and facilities. Jim Shaw quoted me as saying that when I served as the Parks and Recreation Director, no facilities could be named after persons or families. This was at a time where we had a brief moratorium on doing so due to a difficult ...

The good, the bad, the ugly…and then Sam Alito


Sam Alito is so ugly that he can’t even see his ugliness. I don’t mean looks, but the deep inner ugliness of character that keeps oozing from this so-called “supreme” judge. Start with the unabashed lies he told senators to win his lifetime appointment to America’s powerfully ...

Teachers, parents, the public still want answers


It has been six months since a 17-year-old Perry High School student walked out of a school bathroom and began shooting toward students who were having breakfast before heading to their classes on the morning of January 4, 2024. The first details about the tragedy had barely started trickling ...

How the little guys lose under Trump’s tax plan


The late Sen. John McCain didn’t much like Obamacare, but in 2018, the Arizona Republican pulled it out from under then-President Donald Trump’s hatchet. Why? Because McCain saw the “skinny repeal” measure as a sneaky attempt to eviscerate the health coverage of little guys to free up ...

What ‘70s kids did that today’s kids don’t


Louise Bates Ames is one of the psychologists who popularized the idea of child development milestones. In the late ‘70s, she wrote a series of books outlining what kids are capable of at different ages. The one you may have heard about is “Your Six-Year-Old: Loving and Defiant.” ...