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Hoffman and heroin

Posted 2/9/2014 in National Columns

When my kids were little, an older and more experienced mother told me that one key to raising kids safely is to limit the number of "nos" to what really matters and insist firmly on those. Motorcycles and heroin, she said, which seems like a pretty good list.

 

 

For sale, the MLK legacy

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy.

 

 

Cellophane hearts and soft centers

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

I was using the free White Pages website to try to find the ZIP code for a friend's address. An advertisement popped up, something called Instant Checkmate, which is not free.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: In Christie saga, keep calm and gossip on

Posted 2/6/2014 in National Columns

We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding -- or unraveling -- of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Obamacare bad-news report not so bad

Posted 2/6/2014 in National Columns

Rarely has a bad-news story offered so little real bad news. We refer to the Congressional Budget Office report that the Affordable Care Act may reduce the number of hours worked by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Change across the universe

Posted 2/5/2014 in National Columns

It's an odd thing. Sometimes, when I speak before high school or college students, someone in the audience, knowing I began my professional life as a pop music critic, will ask what I think of music today.

 

 

Froma Harrop: The class war on drug users

Posted 2/4/2014 in National Columns

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death at the end of a heroin needle again spotlights the dangers of a poisonous drug. And so did the Vermont governor's plea last month to confront the "full-blown heroin crisis" plaguing his rural state.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Security versus privacy

Posted 2/3/2014 in National Columns

A guard insisted on looking into my handbag as I entered Radio City Music Hall to attended a concert recently. He had absolutely no reason to suspect me or the hundreds of other patrons whose bags he similarly inspected of carrying guns or explosives. But none of us objected to the incursion.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: Sincerest sympathy to the filthy rich

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: The hard knocks of pro football

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

President Obama's imaginary son is back in town, and this time he can't play football. Dad says so. And Mom probably would, too. On this point, we three could smoke a peace pipe.

 

Susan Estrich: Henry Waxman

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

My congressman has decided not to run for re-election. He's hardly unique in that respect: News accounts covering his decision describe his announcement as one more in a "wave" of retirements.

 

Kathleen Parker: The diminishing returns of a college education

Posted 1/31/2014 in National Columns

President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they're paying for.

 

 

Susan Estrich: The state of our Union

Posted 1/30/2014 in National Columns

So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago. Who knew?

 

 

Froma Harrop: High taxes, regulations and doing fine

Posted 1/28/2014 in National Columns

"The not so Golden State" is how a recent issue of The Economist magazine tags California's business climate. It's the latest in a trove of conservative literature trying to dance around the fact that high-tax, highly regulated, bureaucratic states can be economic powerhouses. The writers deal with the "problem" by burying reality under a pile of "buts" and "howevers."

 

 

Leonard Pitts: On race, conservatives are silent

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that's the only King quote conservatives know.

 

 

Kathleen Parker: Mike Huckabee's mis-conceptions

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really? Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, talk-show host and erstwhile Baptist preacher, was trying to demythologize the alleged GOP "war on women" so brilliantly defined by Democrats in 2012.

 

Charles Krauthammer: Stop jerking Canada around

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

Fixated as we Americans are on Canada's three most attention-getting exports -- polar vortexes, Alberta clippers and the antics of Toronto's addled mayor -- we've somewhat overlooked a major feature of Canada's current relations with the United States: extreme annoyance.

 

Leonard Pitts: If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Period.

Posted 1/24/2014 in National Columns

"But it works." That, in three syllables, has been the go-to argument of the last two presidential administrations to justify assaulting civil liberties in the name of rooting out terrorists.

 

 

Froma Harrop: Is West Virginia a cult?

Posted 1/21/2014 in National Columns

After decades of suffering environmental torture at the hands of polluting industries, West Virginians might regard a chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 residents -- and is still scaring folks after the dangers have presumably passed -- as a last straw. But there never seems to be a last straw for them.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A big issue for small minds

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's got something. Maybe it's something you were born with, maybe something that happened to you, maybe something you did to yourself through bad habits or neglect. But everybody's got something, some physical or emotional blemish measuring the distance from you to perfection.

 

 

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