CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- I came here during the holidays to visit an old friend who's fallen on hard times.
Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election "thank-you tour" rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?
In 1644, the English poet John Milton made an eloquent case against censorship. Freedom of thought and inquiry was not only a God-given prerogative but also the best protection against error: "Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"
Secretary of State John Kerry used the word "conscience" over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration's decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.
Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour.
As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be.
Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit -- even if only to himself -- being a relic of a bygone era.
As we age, we forget many things. However, some things we never forget; when we remember them, we get emotional. You might even smile or start crying.
John McCain is fond of saying, "It's always darkest just before it goes totally black." According to a February report by Amnesty International, human rights "reached a nadir" in 2015. Not quite. The past 12 months prove that even when you hit bottom, there is always room to sink.
Donald Trump has inspired so much fear among his Republican comrades that he no longer has to issue harsh tweets when they misbehave. They do it themselves.
The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the Christmas market, has done more damage than he could imagine.
On Dec. 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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