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Arianna Huffington: Grow the economy by growing the debate about it

Posted 12/29/2012 in National Columns

Hey, have you heard about this thing called "the fiscal cliff"? Actually, the better question is: Have you heard about anything except the fiscal cliff? Nine months ago, the term had not even entered the media lexicon. And now it's suddenly everywhere.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The Kennedys through a lens, lightly

Posted 12/28/2012 in National Columns

In today's world of social media, where everyone's every little thing is on display, it is sometimes difficult to recall a time when exhibitionism wasn't ubiquitous and was, in fact, not admired. Such are the inevitable thoughts upon perusing Kitty Kelley's lovely new book -- yes, lovely -- about John F. Kennedy as seen through the eyes, or more accurately, the lens of her friend, photojournalist Stanley Tretick.

 

 

From Harrop: The politics of threat

Posted 12/27/2012 in National Columns

The people are sad. If holiday shopping is any measure of public mood, the joy vanished this year. The grade-school massacre depressed everyone, and now our rapid approach to the Fiscal Cliff has many scared and afraid to spend money.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Ghosts of Christmas past

Posted 12/24/2012 in National Columns

While the rest of the country is shoveling and shivering, South Georgia is at its loveliest. The camellias are blooming, live oaks keep their leaves and trees loaded with bright-orange kumquats and satsumas are exotically common.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Too many people who should not have guns do

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

On the day after the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., police in Newport Beach, Calif., took a man into custody for allegedly firing more than 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot of a shopping mall. He aimed into the air and no one was hit, though one person was hurt slightly while running away. Police say 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola was destitute and frustrated with his circumstances. Firing dozens of rounds at the sky was his way of venting.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Online and in your face

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

They don't like the crowds, the traffic, the parking chaos. They dislike the sameness -- the same mall chain stores piping in the same holiday music and selling the same made-in-China sweaters, whether in Spokane, Indianapolis or Raleigh. They stress out when waiting for someone to take their payment. Small wonder that 45 percent of consumers are doing at least some holiday shopping this year via the Internet, according to the Deloitte consulting firm.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: False prophets should pray for guidance

Posted 12/22/2012 in National Columns

FISHTRAP HOLLOW -- In the quiet of this early morning, in a season dedicated to peace and good will to all men, it is hard to believe the sadness and ugliness that assaults America.

 

 

Arianna Huffington: This year give yourself the gift of mastering stress

Posted 12/21/2012 in National Columns

The holiday season is upon us -- a time to lovingly connect with family, to relax, recharge and emerge happy, content and revitalized. Just kidding.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: A moment of silence for the Newtown victims

Posted 12/20/2012 in National Columns

It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: Silence.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Politics and personal responsibility

Posted 12/19/2012 in National Columns

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, every politician who has me on their email list -- and there are many, on both sides of the aisle -- has been filling my inbox. All of the messages begin with the requisite expression of shock and horror, the business of sending out our hearts and prayers to those who mourn. Then the gun control advocates insist that now is the time for congressional action, and the opponents caution that no legislation is going to stop people (not guns) from killing.

 

 

Real 'realism' on gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National Columns

The usual gun extremists largely went into hiding this weekend after the obscenity in Connecticut. The National Rifle Association offered only a flowery expression of sympathy for the victims. Real brave, aren't they?

 

 

Kathleen Parker: America's reluctant First Father

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

 

 

Rheta Johnson: I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

PASS CHRISTIAN -- It was a painting on black velvet. Half a dozen or more boats, one of them a huge Biloxi schooner, all bedecked with colored lights, moving slowly through the darkness.

 

 

Charile Mitchell: Hug a rich person this holiday; and hug a poor one, too

Posted 12/15/2012 in National Columns

OXFORD -- Why do we let politicians and the press get away with this? For years, we've been told with increasing fervor that rich people are America's problem and if only condemned for their miserly ways, we would have a better state and nation.

 

 

George Will: Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The debt-ceiling nonsense continues

Posted 12/14/2012 in National Columns

Nothing like a debt-ceiling brawl to raise the public's anxiety levels.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Crashing federal hypocrisy on pot

Posted 12/13/2012 in National Columns

Ah, the great American West, where man can generally breathe free and also inhale -- woman, too.

 

 

Susan Estrich: Christmas in Santa Monica

Posted 12/12/2012 in National Columns

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Never ever, ever, ever...

Posted 12/10/2012 in National Columns

A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."

 

 

Rheta Johnson: Bum legs and frivolous catalogs

Posted 12/8/2012 in National Columns

Something about the snakeskin flashlight for $25 sent me screaming to the Land of Bah Humbug. It was on one of those magazine lists of gifts for under $25 -- technically the snazzy flashlight was not "under" but "right at" -- which sucker me in to disappoint.

 

 

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