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Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The books that rocked your world

Posted 4/20/2013 in National Columns

It was a bookstore in an old house that also sold chocolate treats and bottled beer, pretty much a working definition of heaven. A group of convivial folks, mostly from the nearby college, had come to listen to Alabama author and veteran journalist Frye Gaillard talk about his latest, "The Books That Mattered, A Reader's Memoir."

 

 

George Will: What's behind the funding of the welfare state

Posted 4/19/2013 in National Columns

The regulatory, administrative state, which progressives champion, is generally a servant of the strong, for two reasons.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Hitting home

Posted 4/18/2013 in National Columns

I'm from Boston. Over the years, I lived in two apartments within a stone's throw of Monday's bombings. Over the years, I stood and cheered marathon runners countless times.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The day after the bombings in Boston

Posted 4/17/2013 in National Columns

You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can't put your finger on the reason. Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it? Oh my God, Boston.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: More feedback on 'Accidental Racist'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Beauty and the beast

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Readin', writin', packin'

Posted 4/13/2013 in National Columns

The National Rifle Association wants to train and arm all public school teachers and administrators. The plan, as the NRA sees it, is to protect students.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Guns, god and background checks

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

I happened to be sitting in the Fox News bureau between "hits" on Tuesday morning, when the news broke about the stabbing at Lone Star College in Houston. Watching it unfold in real time, I couldn't help but think (as I'm sure all of us did) about the Newtown, Conn., massacre and the families flying to Washington and the fear that the parents of the Texas college students must be feeling.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's eye-candy comment leaves sour aftertaste

Posted 4/12/2013 in National Columns

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Tests and tiger moms

Posted 4/10/2013 in National Columns

New York City's Stuyvesant High School is one of those all too rare public schools for intellectually outstanding students. Such students are often bored to death in schools where the work is geared to the lowest common denominator, and it is by no means uncommon for very bright students to become behavior problems.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The moderation of Margaret Thatcher

Posted 4/9/2013 in National Columns

Thatcher would have laughed at when Obamacare foes' called the reforms "a government takeover of health care." Recall how, in the heat of battle, the right waved Britain's National Health Service as a warning of terrible things awaiting American health care under the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

George Will: Margaret Thatcher's vigorous virtues

Posted 4/9/2013 in National Columns

She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: We've made progress, only to see it undone

Posted 4/6/2013 in National Columns

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Or at least, that's Rick Ross' story and he's sticking to it.

 

 

George Will: Schools push a curriculum of propaganda

Posted 4/5/2013 in National Columns

The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R's -- formerly reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic -- now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism.

 

 

Thomas Sowell: Guns save lives

Posted 4/4/2013 in National Columns

We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives­ -- much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: A monument to reconciliation

Posted 4/3/2013 in National Columns

It isn't often that one gets to hear both the strains of "Dixie" and an African drum concert in the same public square.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Father, forgive us; for we know not what we do

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire.

 

 

George Will: William Zinsser and the art of good writing

Posted 4/2/2013 in National Columns

When asked to explain the brisk pace of his novels, Elmore Leonard said, "I leave out the parts that people skip." You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser's short essays written for the American Scholar magazine's Web site and now collected in "The Writer Who Stayed," a book that begins with him wondering why "every year student writing is a little more disheveled."

 

 

Froma Harrop: Cats vs. Dingoes

Posted 3/29/2013 in National Columns

The fight goes on. Whether cats are bird-killing machines or soft balls of love (for themselves, anyway) remains a subject of painful debate. The first part is undoubtedly true. Cats in the United States destroy a median of 2.4 billion birds a year. Add to that death toll 2.3 billion mammals, many of them native creatures: chipmunks, rabbits and voles, reptiles and amphibians.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Often you don't need a doctor

Posted 3/26/2013 in National Columns

You want a routine checkup. Or your throat is sore. It's probably nothing, but you're concerned. Do you need a full-fledged MD with all those certificates and perhaps a God complex?

 

 

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