• OPINION: Trump’s Iran fantasy risks American power

    “Diplomacy takes place in reality,” wrote Roger Cohen in a recent column for The New York Times. He was writing about President Trump’s Fantasy Land diplomatic approach with Iran.

  • OPINION: Telling it like it is
  • OPINION: Welcome to the abyss



    The Washington Post

  • OPINION: America needs Republican vertebrates




    In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises “these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues.”

  • OPINION: Calvin: An unlikely messenge

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    The Lord often sends his messengers through unlikely people. Calvin is one of them, at least he has been for me.

    I want to be more like Calvin.

    But, at first, I was leery of him. A friend warned me before the worship service one Sunday: “There’s a man, I’d guess to be in his late 60s, early 70s, who we picked up on the bus today — says he wants to ‘testify’ in the service. Just thought I’d warn you.”

  • OPINION: McConnell vs. Trump is his biggest challenge yet

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Mitch McConnell has been planning to run for re-election to the Senate from Kentucky in 2020. Now it seems he may be running an earlier campaign, for re-election in 2018 as majority leader.

  • OPINION: Donald Trump is my brother

    Folks who have read my op-eds before may think they are hallucinating right now, but let me assure you, you are not. Donald Trump is my brother. And as Jesus, our mutual brother taught: They will know you are a follower of mine by the love you show one another. Even if I had not been a life-long follower of Jesus, Donald Trump would have still been my brother. Let me explain.

  • Opinion: On Donald Trump and Puerto Rico

    By Terry Welshans

    First, let’s look at the magnitude of the problem, in terms of mainland America. Think about a population of U.S. citizens equal to that of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming combined, or that of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont combined.

    Think of the number of households that are in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Think of the number of ports, roads and cellular towers in the Seattle metropolitan area. Think about the entire San Diego metropolitan area losing electrical power.

  • COLUMN: Every day is an adventure in America

    I went through airport security Monday and neglected to take my laptop out of my briefcase and place it in a separate plastic bin and was properly chastised by a TSA lady who put her hands on her hips and said, “I just got done telling you about laptops!”

    Not many 75-year-old men from Minnesota are out to blow up an airliner, but of course it only takes one, and she was right to say, “Did you not hear me, sir?” in that sardonic tone of voice.

  • COLUMN: The GOP desperately needs the charisma of conviction

    WASHINGTON — Not long ago, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., — the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and a man physically incapable of hyperventilation — questioned Donald Trump’s “stability” and “competence.” Now he has said that chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the “people that help separate our country from chaos.”