• OPINION: Let us honor veterans throughout the year

    The United States was late in entering the Great War, but the last soldier to die in it was an American.

    Henry Gunther, a private in the 79th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France, was killed at 10:59 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, one minute before the armistice went into effect.

  • OPINION: Discussing debt and taxes

    As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse.

  • OPINION: An old man talking to himself again

    I’ve been confused about politics ever since Republican states became red states, which to me, growing up in the era of Red China, suggested commissars and gulags and thought control, which of course Utah and Texas and Georgia do not have. You can believe in God in those states, same as in blue states. Blue makes me think of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, but that’s another matter.

  • OPINION: A year later, both parties are morally, intellectually exhausted

    Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting — if “interesting” is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the daily functioning and moral standing of the American republic.

  • Opinion: A cure for the cancer in our soul

    Last Sunday night I found myself drinking Barbancourt 5 Star on ice and listening to “Sympathy for the Devil” over and over as I tried to open my heart to the latest mass shooting at the church in Texas. I was trying my best to diagnose the soul-sickness of this country we call America the Beautiful. And I wasn’t having any luck.

  • OPINION: Switching gears and moving on?

    The scenario has become all too familiar. This time, it was a group of people worshipping God on a Sunday morning in a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas.

    You’ve heard the news: 26 people, ranging in age from 5 to 72, were murdered by a gunman who entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, and opened fire. At least 19 others were hospitalized.

  • OPINION: There is nothing naive about kindness

    We teach our children to be kind. Period.

    It’s the last thing I tell my son as he gets out of the car to walk in to school every morning before I say, “I love you.”

    It’s on the list of things we expect from him. And if you aren’t kind to him or someone else in public and he notices, he’ll call you on it. And I’ll let him.

  • Fall home spruce-ups

    It’s been a great summer with a picture-perfect start to fall. A couple of cooler days are sneaking in and it reminds us that it’s time to start doing those things that will make the fall and winter less likely to bring issues with your home.

    Starting outside, here are some important things to look at:

  • OPINION: The art of the pejorative
  • OPINION: America must recapture its democratic spirit

    Let’s assume, just for a moment, that the great political leaders of the past were not cynical, deluded or deceptive when they talked about morality and religion. Let’s posit that, at least in some instances, they were not just striking poses but making arguments.

    Early in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address in an atmosphere charged with menace. Germany had just occupied the Sudetenland. Kristallnacht was recent news. Roosevelt was beginning to prepare Americans for the exertions of a global war.