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It’s not a debate: Wear a mask

If you’re still opposed to wearing a face mask in public, this column is for Very Special You. I don’t mean that sarcastically. One of us believes we’re magically immune to this highly contagious virus, and it sure isn’t me. I’ve never felt that special a day in my life. So, lucky ...

Triumph at Mount Rushmore: Trump critics proved him right

If nothing else, President Donald Trump’s July Fourth speech at Mount Rushmore clarified the battle lines of our culture war. The New York Times called the speech “dark and divisive,” while an Associated Press headline declared, “Trump pushes racial division.” A Washington Post ...

Joe Biden is the anti-American candidate of the 2020 campaign

Among the Nobel Prizes awarded each year is the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It was first awarded in 1901, and through 2019, 219 have received the award. Of the 219 recipients, 100 have been American, according to Statista. This one piece of information leads me to conclude ...

Yikes! The virus has gone airborne

If you’re working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the World Health ...

Trump using US history as a cudgel in America’s culture war

I didn’t watch President Trump’s weekend speeches live. It was a holiday, so I chose to take one. As a result, I first learned about them from the reactions they elicited. As usual, it was like “Rashomon” for the Trump era. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s Mount Rushmore ...

Now, Karen’s got a gun, but all that she really needs is a book

So now, Karen’s got a gun. To be clear, her name wasn’t actually Karen — it was Jillian Wuestenberg. But Wuestenberg’s behavior — while with her husband, Eric Wuestenberg, she drew a gun on a black woman and her daughter in a parking lot near Detroit last week after she and the girl ...

American charter schools, and what their enemies get wrong

Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published “Charter Schools and Their Enemies.” He presents actual test scores of students in traditional public schools and charter schools on New York State Education Department’s annual English Language Arts test and its Mathematics Test. Sowell gives the ...

In Montana, James G. Blaine has yet another bad day

Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine The continental liar from the state of Maine. Burn this letter! — Democratic campaign doggerel, 1884 Because of his grandiloquence, House Speaker Blaine was called “the Plumed Knight” by a man suggesting Blaine’s nomination at the Republicans’ ...

Democrats’ politicking kills chance for meaningful police reform

With all the hot rhetoric about race and police, we would hope that we would be having a sober, serious national discussion on the issue that would shine light, understanding and answers. But, unfortunately, light and understanding are not what drives Democrats. And thanks to Democrats, ...

Some monumentally hard decisions that must now be made

One of the recently vandalized monuments is a statue of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Someone smeared “BLM” and “(expletive) Slave Owners” on the seated figure prominently displayed in the city named after him, Whittier, California. It happens that Whittier was a fiery abolitionist ...

Dr. Thomas Sowell: an underappreciated American scholar

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1930. As part of the great black ...

Agonizing sports withdrawal of 2020

Medicalizing unpleasant character traits or bad behaviors by blaming them on “addictions” worsens the modern tendency to minimize individual responsibility. However, about your sports addiction... Imagine your brain on sports. It is not a pretty picture. The most wondrous thing in the ...

Contrary to Fox News, Trump is the threat to civilization

This election “is no longer about Donald Trump’s tweeting,” conservative historian Victor Davis Hanson told Fox News host Tucker Carlson the other night. Nor is it about “a lockdown, the virus, the economy (or) foreign policy. It’s an existential question ... and I’m going to vote ...

Give individuals, small businesses a gov-backed line of credit

The economy is reopening. Consumer spending increased by almost 18% last month, sending the stock market soaring. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with no COVID-19 vaccine or cure on the horizon, consumers have not fully resumed their prepandemic activities, and they might not do so ...

Trump right to pull troops from Germany if he sends east

President Donald Trump is under fire from his own party for his announcement that he plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany from 34,500 to 25,000. In a letter, 22 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee expressed concern that the troop reductions would ...

Revealing a gaping chink in President Donald Trump’s armor

Those gaping empty balcony seats at President Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally last weekend sent an unexpected chill through Trump World. The failure to fill the facility’s 19,000 capacity, and the resultant abandonment of a makeshift outside venue to handle an overflow that never appeared, ...

SCOTUS ruling: A temporary reprieve for those who dream

Last week, the Supreme Court stopped President Donald Trump from inflicting the devastation that candidate Trump had vowed to inflict on 700,000 young immigrants in this country. This is a temporary reprieve, which makes this another reason why this year’s presidential election is the ...

The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ decision is a formula for chaos

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that homosexual and transgender individuals are covered by the anti-discrimination provision, Title VII, of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in his opinion: “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or ...

It’s time to reopen the economy

Mainstream media are sounding the alarm about the coronavirus cases spiking across the South and West. They’re exaggerating the peril and trying to pin the blame on Republican governors and President Trump for reopening the economy too soon. No surprise, Governor Andrew Cuomo is piling ...

Trump’s Tulsa rally was a dud, Sessions’ tweet was awful

The most cringe-inducing thing about Donald Trump’s Saturday night rally didn’t happen in Tulsa, Okla., where it was held, but 700 miles away in Alabama. But before I get to that, let’s set the stage. The Tulsa rally was supposed to signal to the country that the “Transition to ...