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Time is right for return of traditional virtues

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of ...

Times does super PAC imitation

It was a crazy week, so you might have missed the news that The New York Times decided to operate like a super PAC. Here’s what happened. The Times’ editorial board changed the bio on the opinion section’s Twitter account to inform the public that it was “temporarily taking over” ...

Is feminism the answer to sexual harassment?

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie Homewrecker? Next you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never ...

Is Mnuchin a fool or a knave?

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of the institutions and people who tell it. There are two kinds of liars — fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to ...

‘Hurtling’ Republican Tax Bill Actually Serious

“The Republican tax bill hurtling through Congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans.” That’s the beginning of a 37-word first sentence in a stage-setting front-page story in The New York Times on the tax bill under consideration in the Senate ...

Parenting is challenging but rewarding part of life

My Aunt Joanne and Uncle Dave produced five wonderful children. Full of life, the children were explorers and adventurers, filled with faith and devotion to family. The adventurous character trait emerged in their teen years, often leading them to be out late on weekends. A nurse with odd ...

Kudos to Dem congresswoman who stood above partisanship

I don’t know U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, a former prosecutor and Democrat of New York. But I would like to give her a gift. Why? Because she’s been extremely impressive, taking a stand on Democratic sexual predators in Congress, having the guts to call out members of her own Democratic ...

Fake news project busted by true media

WASHINGTON — The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so. Sometimes Truth needs a little nudge, as was the case recently when an anti-media organization, absurdly named “Project Veritas,” ...

‘Punching up’ is American; ‘punching down’ is not

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that “punches up” rather than “punches down.” To “punch up” means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. “Punching down” is the opposite ...

‘Evil rich’ make all our lives better

As Republicans struggle to agree on a tax plan, Democrats and much of the media label each attempt at reform a “gift” to rich people. In one sense, they are right. Any tax cut disproportionately favors rich people since the rich pay much more tax. But the media and Democrats (is there a ...

Why So Many Americans Hate Trump’s Tax Reform

Sam Rayburn of Texas, who was a legendary speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and ’50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the People of the lobbyists: “Every now and then, a politician ought to do something just because it’s ...

What does it mean to be a man?

So I guess you can take men off the endangered species list. It wasn’t that long ago we were hearing that men were in trouble. It was said that our manly maleness was under siege from a culture of runaway political correctness hellbent on snipping off our masculine accoutrements and turning ...

Biden book tour could signal another campaign

WASHINGTON — At the Warner Theater in downtown Washington the other night, former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a new tour at which he discussed his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.” The orchestra and balcony were jam-packed with his supporters and ...

‘Tis never season for revenge parenting

Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it sums up exactly how you’re feeling? It’s as if someone, somewhere out there, heard the call of your heart and set it to music. Maybe for just a second or two, you think, “Yes, that, exactly that.” And then you remind yourself ...

Clinton enablers better late than never: Really?

The English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, is generally credited with coining the phrase that has been updated in modern English to read, “better late than never.” It means to do something or to arrive later than expected may not be good, but it is better than not at all. That ...

Making distinctions in harassment

There’s a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it’s a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era of witch hunts, prudery and weaponized politics in our ...

Convenience vs. safety during winter road travel

With winter upon us, it is common for people to adjust their habits when it comes to parking their vehicles. In regard to winter parking restrictions, we are asked to abide by the laws so that snow removal crews can do their job and keep streets and roadways as clear as possible. Though it ...

We’re now seeing a backlash against the bullies

Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they’ve experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we’re now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence? I can’t help but think that their decisions are part of something that’s ...

Merkel — and Davos — rebuked in Germany

It's been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, Angela Merkel's ...

Charlie Rose, the time for honoring yourself is at an end

Creepy old Charlie Rose has been fired, another in what appears now to be a never-ending line of older, more powerful men sexually harassing young women. Rose, famed but now terminated PBS and CBS broadcaster, is of a generation of celebrity geezers who thought status could shield them from ...