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Leaf spritzers ignore roots of gigantic US economy

Sometimes, it’s useful to state the obvious. Here’s a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America’s economy is enormous. It’s worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today’s Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly ...

Let common sense prevail on guns

So there you are, cowering under your desk. From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he’s crouched outside the building. Maybe he’s dead in the break room. Whichever, he’s not ...

Carnival barker with war-hawk yes-men lead country

At a time the American presidency is engulfed in domestic and foreign policy crises requiring the attentions of our best experts in both realms, we continue to be led by a crude and unschooled carnival barker who has populated the bureaucracy with know-nothings and adoring cronies. His first ...

‘Wonder Woman + Me’ uplifting message

At some point during the March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a ...

Bolton’s enemies say something about qualifications

Among the ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with differing worldviews and ...

At least Stevens honest on repeal call

Two and a half cheers for Justice Stevens! Let me say it up front: I don’t think we should repeal the Second Amendment. But I applaud retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for arguing that we should. In case you missed it, Stevens penned an essay for The New York Times in which ...

This budget is what’s considered conservative?

Donald Trump woke up on Friday, March 23, and realized that a deficit-ballooning $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill was awaiting his signature. The law increases defense spending but otherwise completely fulfills the spending priorities of the Democratic minority. Some have even said ...

Trump’s Epic Marketing Battle

What’s worrying isn’t that Donald Trump is now getting advice about public policy from fanatics such as John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about public policy. The real worry is that with special counsel Robert Mueller breathing down Trump’s neck, and with several ...

Our time-tested parties aren’t about to fall apart

Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn’t produce a health care bill and passed an omnibus spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for the creation of a new political party. Ohio Gov. John ...

Austin bombing victim had that Rembrandt light

Draylen Mason, the 17-year-old musician killed by the Austin bomber, had a light about him “like a Rembrandt painting.” It was late afternoon when I heard that coming over the TV as I was walking through the kitchen. And I had to stop and listen, transfixed. “Every once in a while, ...

Was it bombs’ fault, or mind of bomber who made them?

There is no doubt the deadly mayhem endured by the citizens of Austin, Texas, at the hands of a mysterious bomber this month was horrendous. But in the annals of crime, 23-year-old suspect Mark Anthony Conditt (aka the "Austin Bomber") will go down as an amateur. It's sad to say bombings are ...

Red pill reveals no white supremacy

In the movie “The Matrix,” swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion. Today, in the parlance of some political activists, “taking the red pill” means seeing the lies of mainstream media — and learning the truth. “People ...

Springtime somewhere but not here

We’ve turned the clocks ahead, and our calendars last week announced the official change of season. In these parts, though, Spring will not be rushed, and she will not be bullied. She is taking her good old time to get to northeast Ohio, as is her habit. Like many families with multiple ...

Deficit budget contributes to national insecurity

President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of “national security,” because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason but promised never to sign one ...

Iggy victimized by misguided crusade

A liberal, the old joke attributed to Robert Frost goes, is someone too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel. Something similar is going on with Catholics. Just ask Iggy the Crusader, who for years served nobly as the mascot of the College of the Holy Cross. Holy Cross is throwing ...

Too much raunchy reality in West Wing show

Watching the parade of porn stars, reality TV contestants and former Playboy models lining up to lambaste the president of the United States, as well as the daily trove of stories of wife beating, naked nepotism, gambling and official corruption among his Cabinet members and White House staff, ...

Adult shortage around mad king

Donald Trump is moving into a new and more dangerous phase. Before, he was constrained by a few “adults” — Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster and John Kelly — whom he appointed because he thought they had some expertise he lacked. Now, Trump has either fired or is in the ...

Poll finds men favor free speech more than women

Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn’t expect to see stands out — a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such a number was in a March 12 New York Times ...

High-tech vehicles still require defensive driving

There are many needed skills involved with driving a motor vehicle. As time goes on and the technological advances in vehicle manufacturing increases, it seems as though less and less human skill is needed behind the wheel. This new technology includes auto emergency braking, skid control, ...

Message to Florida school shooting survivors

Dear students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: The nation hears you. We have seen you on television and read your quotes. Despite the terror of losing 17 classmates and teachers to a gun-wielding madman, you are the most eloquent victims I've ever heard. Traumatized student victims are ...