WASHINGTON — There are so many appalling aspects to the Trayvon Martin case that it’s hard to find a permanent home for outrage.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — On perfectly beautiful days such as these, it is impossible to conceive of conflict. How, I’ve often wondered, do soldiers muster the psychic energy necessary to inflict and suffer injury on an autumn or spring day when sitting in a breezy sun shaft is so much more compelling — and sensible?RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — Actually, no, Mr. Vice President, the tea party gang wasn’t “acting like terrorists.” They were acting like kidnappers. Let’s get our insults correct.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — Most would agree that one would have to stoop pretty low to question the story of a man’s mother’s death.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — A debt crisis is a terrible thing to waste in a presidential election season, and Democrats and Republicans alike are responding on cue.
NEW YORK — Here we go all over again. Read my lips and bring ’em on. It’s the economy, stupid. Gotcha!RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK — Once upon a time, Ma would say: “Sit up and eat your vegetables.” Pa said: “Don’t talk with your mouth full." Other common utterances included: “Go outside and play.” And, “After you finish your chores.”RELATED CONTENT
NEW YORK — It is almost clockwork: As a new presidential cycle winds around, the early primary state of South Carolina provides a defining issue.
Whether it’s a debate about where the Confederate Battle Flag should fly — or the “real” meaning of secession — the nation’s most-stubborn state can be a tar pit for the incautious politician.
NEW YORK — So why do Republicans hate art, the elderly and children? Hint: Same reason parents hate their children when they say, “No.” We could just leave it at that, but this is too much fun.RELATED CONTENT
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — Everybody wants to save the children. It’s the cliche that tipped the point that jumped the shark in a perfect storm.
But few people, however well intentioned, actually bestir themselves from the sofa to aid those in distress. Most of us — speaking firstperson plurally — make a tsk-tsk-ing sound, perhaps tap a PayPal button, and wish that man and the gods were less cruel.
Not to overstate, but nothing less than free speech is at stake, about which no one should be confused.RELATED CONTENT
A 15-year-old can't get Tylenol at school without parental permission, but we have no hesitation about children taking a far more serious drug without oversight?RELATED CONTENT
During Thursday’s dedication of his library at Southern Methodist University, nary a word was spoken about the most controversial aspect of his tenure, the Iraq invasion.RELATED CONTENT
Once again, the horror of what happened to a victim has been magnified by the apparent lack of empathy among her peers. Not only has the girl been physically violated, but the psychological effects of her public exposure are unimaginable and likely enduring.RELATED CONTENT
The church faces enormous challenges, obviously, but none so daunting as communicating the Good News, which translates to helping millions around the world.RELATED CONTENT
Does anyone really suppose that a Republican congressman or senator is going to go against the party because Obama gave him a call?RELATED CONTENT
My father’s rules were simple: Never point a gun at someone unless you intend to shoot them; if you intend to shoot, aim to kill.RELATED CONTENT
"No problem" seems now to be the customary reply to "thank you." As opposed to the previously accepted "You're welcome" or "My pleasure."RELATED CONTENT
Love is not just a valentine. It is a covenant with the greater good. It involves charity, compassion, empathy, self-sacrifice and, yes, listening.RELATED CONTENT
WASHINGTON — One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration — and thus one of my disappointments — was that he would use his pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children’s well-being.RELATED CONTENT