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PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

Posted yesterday in National Columns

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The graduates

Posted 5/22/2015 in National Columns

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Trigger warnings, colleges, and the 'Swaddled Generation'

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

Posted 5/20/2015 in National Columns

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

Possumhaw: The patron saint of gardening and taxi drivers

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?

 

 

Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty

Posted 5/18/2015 in National Columns

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe's much worse than Obamacare

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mills, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: George Washington, whiskey distiller

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Who knew that the Father of Our Country made and sold whiskey? Rye whiskey, most probably foul-tasting, un-aged, as was the custom of the day. I would not tell a lie.

 

Partick Buchanan: Our next Mideast war -- Syria

Posted 5/16/2015 in National Columns

Jeb Bush has spent last week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

 

Froma Harrop: The left is so wrong on trade

Posted 5/14/2015 in National Columns

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Jeb Bush's eloquent defense of Christianity

Posted 5/13/2015 in National Columns

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Defeatism in Baltimore

Posted 5/11/2015 in National Columns

Using the most bloodless terms, an economist explained the failure or inability of so many African-Americans to rise from their impoverished circumstances. They do not respond to the economic incentives that push others to study and strive, he said.

 

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The incredible journey of a paperboy

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

Almost everybody I've ever known in the newspaper business threatens at some point to write a book. Few do. I guess it's realizing that you spit out enough words in daily increments to complete "War and Peace" 50 times that makes you think writing a book would be a piece of cake. And, yes, make that a best seller while we're at it.

 

Kathleen Parker: Pamela Geller's abuse of free speech

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative contest in Texas of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.

 

Partick Buchanan: On a fast track to national ruin

Posted 5/9/2015 in National Columns

In the first quarter of 2015, in the sixth year of the historic Obama recovery, the U.S. economy grew by two-tenths of 1 percent. And that probably sugarcoats it. For trade deficits subtract from the growth of GDP, and the U.S. trade deficit that just came in was a monster.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

Posted 5/8/2015 in National Columns

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."

 

 

Froma Harrop: Getting the sports moguls off our backs

Posted 5/7/2015 in National Columns

It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status.

 

 

Patrick Buchanan: Killer cops or malicious prosecutor?

Posted 5/5/2015 in National Columns

Who killed Freddie Gray?

 

 

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