Other Commentaries

Inspiration gives way to caution

WASHINGTON — It was all so very brave, the way Houstonians and other Texans faced the storm of a lifetime. Their actions seemed to turn on its head everything we had been fearing about the decaying American character. Increasingly, we have feared selfish behavior dominating our lives; so ...

Parents: Beware the Devil’s playground

I have a child in sixth grade. The more I talk to parents, the more I am mindful of how clueless many of us are about raising our kids in the Internet age — an age that only recently came into being. It is even more difficult to raise your kids in a world where you may have Christian values, ...

Remember when you were a dreamer?

Do you remember when you were 6 years old? Try, please. Hark back to that faraway time in your life when you had no control over your circumstances — when the adults were in charge of you, for good or bad. Where did you live? Did you grow up in one of the biggest houses in your ...

Trump gets DACA decision right

Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can’t write laws on his own. That’s what President Barack Obama did twice when he unilaterally granted amnesties to swaths of the illegal immigrant population. The courts blocked one ...

Workers must remain the priority

Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations ...

Forced union dues are an injustice

As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: That school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus. Why? Because Pennsylvania is one of the 22 forced unionism states in America — states where a ...

A late summer night’s dream

Labor Day is reflexively regarded as the end of summer and with it the end of the gardening season. Not so fast, my fellow Americans. Summer will be with us for a few weeks yet, until the autumnal equinox on Friday, Sept. 22. But the best is yet to come. While we harvest our lima beans, ...

Discord offers teaching moment

By Tom Foley This has been a contentious couple of weeks in American political life, heck, in American history — from violent protests in Charlottesville and Phoenix, to national and local debates about statuary in public squares from Richmond to Philadelphia. We have witnessed ...

Al Gore’s hype plain scaremongering

I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me. While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” He used this ...

A letter to Trump about racism

Dear Mr. President: After your initial remarks addressing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wrote that you were correct. I agreed with you, and honest scrutiny of the facts of what occurred there that day bear out, that bigotry and violence were on display on “many ...

Is Afghanistan a bottomless pit?

President Donald Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid ...

Time for new statues, remembrances

If your precious “Southern heritage” includes swastikas, you may as well quit reading right here. But odds are astronomically high that it doesn’t. The vast majority of Southerners are as repelled by those goons as everybody else. Rebel flags, in comparison, strike me as merely ...

Laws that subvert the rule of law

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and ...

If we erase history, who are we?

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters last Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed ...

Grieving father: ‘It takes a village’

By Paul Johnson On June 3, 2016, my son Dennis Paul Johnson died of an overdose. He was addicted for at least 15 years. I tried everything I could to help my son recover. Major Richard Kuhl, former director at Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center, told me of the possibilities of many relapses ...

Index cap gains for inflation

President Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again” requires nothing less than reigniting economic growth and prosperity. Wealth creation is essential. As Congress pivots to tax reform — which is crucial to the wealth creation — the president could take matters into his ...

Women refuse to be dishes on buffet

Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this “buffet of women” with the help of dating apps. Lisette Pylant, ...

Controlling spread of CWD still priority

Chronic wasting disease was discovered just across the Pennsylvania border from Bedford County in our neighboring state of Maryland’s wild herd in 2010. Prior to that, CWD was discovered in adjacent West Virginia’s wild herd in 2005. Then more recently it was detected in ...

America not for white supremacists

The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It’s true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of legalized ...

Uber, Lyft may provide avenue for Philly revenue

Mayor Kenney and City Council need to jump into conversations about letting another state agency take over the role of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which seems to be drowning without a lifeline. Competition from ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft has hit the city’s taxi industry ...