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Will the Supreme Court decide for education freedom?

The Supreme Court, in its new term, will hear a case that could remove a major barrier that stands between what our nation is today and what it can and should be. The case is Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. It’s about whether states can block use of public funds that parents ...

We are not helpless

One of my earliest lessons as a columnist came after I wrote about a tip jar that wasn’t. In 2004, I was standing in a coat-check line in Cleveland after a big event for a charitable group, watching one of the middle-aged women who had served our meals as she now stood behind the counter ...

Farm communities need USMCA

Farming is about community. It always has been. From the earliest known farming communities in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the modern farms punctuating the landscape of Rural America, people have worked together for centuries to cultivate the crops that feed the world. In 1927, my father ...

Where is line worker Barbie’?

Mattel executives say they’re worried about girls developing “self-limiting beliefs,” resulting in a “dream gap” with boys. So the giant toymaker rolled out an extensive line of “Career Dolls,” including Barbie pilots, firefighters, and robotic engineers, to inspire its young ...

Christmastime impeachment

A rumor circulating around Washington is that Democrats intend to impeach President Donald Trump by Thanksgiving, with a trial in the Senate before Christmas. Based on conversations I have had with Democrats and Republicans, I suspect the timeline is slightly off. To understand the timeline, ...

Is Trump’s tail wagging Erdogan?

So let me get this straight: President Trump ordered the removal of American troops from northern Syria, knowing that Turkey would invade, seize and occupy Kurd-occupied land. But now, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did just that, killing Kurds who had been U.S. allies in the ...

Why, when we see black people, do we so often see what isn’t there?

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can’t see what he saw. But in a sense, we don’t need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the ...

In his unconscionable betrayal of the Kurds, Trump was winging it — again

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander in chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame. Even if you think ...

When, exactly, does fear kick in?

“Ooh, a bride! Look, Mama! She’s so beautiful.” I turned around to see what my 3-year-old was talking about. We were shopping in Ross, so I expected that she was referring to a mannequin in a gorgeous dress rather than a real bride walking down the aisle. That is, unless she was ...

Happiness

Ginnie and Curt: One key to happiness is someone to share that happiness with. “Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of a life.” This is a quote from my daily meditation book, “Twenty-Four Hours a Day” by Hazelden. So powerful is this message that Hazelden found it ...

Stuck in the Muck? Yuck!

Believe it or not, there are people who love their jobs. Not only do they enjoy every hour of every day they are privileged to come to work, but they also see a broad, bright future ahead on a career superhighway to power, pay and perks. They’re delusional, of course, but they do exist. For ...

Cotton is Rockin’

A confluence of factors helped the white fiber sail higher all week as speculators caught onto both better demand and lower supplies. Forward progress on a U.S.-China trade deal is boosting hopes that China, the world’s biggest consumer of cotton, will return to buying U.S. exports. More ...

Progressives are all too willing to cut constitutional corners

Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the “excessive” ...

Honors programs: What are you capable of accomplishing?

Community Colleges have always been a haven for education by providing opportunities for all those who strive to continue their learning, start a new career or continue their path toward a new life. Sometimes perceived as a second choice for high achieving students, community colleges across ...

Beto says the quiet part out Loud

Failing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is raging against the dying of his political light. Desperate and alone, his campaign on the precipice of collapse, Beto has banked on one policy: radical honesty. And that means he is now saying the quiet part of the progressive agenda ...

Latest Democratic debate shuffles the deck

The dozen Democratic presidential candidates who spent nearly two hours trying to distinguish themselves from the pack Wednesday night succeeded in one thing. They essentially agreed that Donald Trump must go, while offering their own best alternatives for the post-Trump era. The major ...

Having a safe and happy Halloween

Your children are probably filled with excitement as they prepare for Halloween. From school parties and parades to local trick-or-treat events, your princesses and superheroes are ready to have fun. From the American Academy of Pediatrics, here is how to have a safe and happy Halloween. Plan ...

The incredible vanishing whistleblower

The partisans at The Washington Post pretended in a front-page Sunday “news” article that somehow, President Trump was losing his marbles in rage, going “beyond his often-untethered bounds.” Readers were supposed to be highly disturbed about his mental state after learning he held a ...

The president’s personality

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...