New book examines our need for grace

Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or mythmaking, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and a haze of pot smoke.…

Recalling the day when Saigon fell

Editor’s note: As we near the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, some of the most poignant words about the final day of the Vietnam War come not from April 30, 1975, but from decades later. The following letter was sent by President Gerald Ford to a veteran in 2000.    

Baptists, bootleggers agree on poor policy

     Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington.

Fixing things that haven't happened

The slipperiest kind of argument is the slippery slope — the argument that while Proposition A might not be so bad in and of itself, it could lead to worse things.

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New book examines our need for grace

Most of us have an image of the counterculture, shaped by memory or mythmaking, that involves Haight-Ashbury, flea-market clothing, free love and…

24 April 2015 [07:43 PM]
recalling-the-day-when-saigon-fell
Recalling the day when Saigon fell

Editor’s note: As we near the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, some of the most poignant words about the final…

24 April 2015 [07:41 PM]
It isn't wrong to want to leave something to your kids

Prepare for the rise of the landed nobility. Democracy as we’ve known it was nice while it lasted, but House Republicans have signaled the beginning of its end with a vote to repeal the estate tax. Or so you would…

23 April 2015 [07:28 PM]
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Fixing things that haven't happened

The slipperiest kind of argument is the slippery slope — the argument that while Proposition A might not be so bad in…

23 April 2015 [07:24 PM]
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Capitalism is best for environment

Today is Earth Day, and we can celebrate it by thanking the environment’s best friend: capitalism. The progress we’ve made since the…

21 April 2015 [11:26 PM]
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Engage with Cuba, but push freedoms

There’s such a thing as doing the right thing — but doing it badly. It’s high time the U.S. lifts the ineffective…

20 April 2015 [11:16 PM]
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The franchise tax should be reformed

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for reform of the state’s franchise tax, and he’s right. As he points out, “the best…

18 April 2015 [11:18 PM]
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Syracuse University divested of wisdom

Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university…

17 April 2015 [07:40 PM]
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Being poor isn't just being broke

There’s something very profound in a new report from TheNew York Times — very profound, and profoundly true. “It’s not only what…

17 April 2015 [07:36 PM]
Real compassion means curing illness and relieving pain

The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in…

16 April 2015 [07:43 PM]
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'Reform' conservatives may be future of GOP

The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton’s and Marco Rubio’s announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism: Its political bench looks…

16 April 2015 [07:42 PM]
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Tax Freedom Day a useful metaphor

Ready for some good news? Today is “Tax Freedom Day” in Texas — the day we stop working for the government and…

16 April 2015 [07:40 PM]
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Let free markets save polar bears

Sure, polar bears are cute — that’s why they’re conscripted in marketing campaigns from Coca-Cola to global warming. Setting aside the fact,…

15 April 2015 [08:32 PM]
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Your tax burden is more than federal

Let’s talk about taxes — no, not those taxes. Most everyone’s attention today is on federal income taxes, and as important as…

13 April 2015 [07:43 PM]
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Accountability for corruption charges

The Texas Senate has approved a bill that will move the responsibility for policing public officials out of the tainted and partisan…

12 April 2015 [07:48 PM]
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Address debt, needs before budget cuts

Texas House and Senate leaders say a budget deal is near. That’s good news — and we commend lawmakers for their commitment…

11 April 2015 [10:03 PM]
Sen. Rand Paul is the most exciting 2016 GOP candidate

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do…

10 April 2015 [07:37 PM]
Obamacare will make Tax Day more stressful

Obamacare is making the least popular day — April 15 — even worse. For about one in four tax filers, it’s turning out to be a nightmare, with extra paperwork and penalties. And for high earners or anyone selling a…

10 April 2015 [07:30 PM]
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Why should Iowans pick our president?

Much about the current primary system makes sense — a single-day, nationwide primary would force candidates to ignore all but the big…

10 April 2015 [07:22 PM]
Early Christianity gave us the concept of the individual

Perhaps the most important event in Western history occurred on the road to Damascus, when Saul of Tarsus fell to the ground and converted from a persecutor of Christians to a believer himself. His writings as the Apostle Paul make…

09 April 2015 [07:48 PM]
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Overcriminalization plagues U.S. society

What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life…

09 April 2015 [07:46 PM]
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California drought worsened by policy

Carly Fiorina has a point, even if she overstates it. Environmentalists didn’t cause California’s devastating drought. But poor planning and environmental regulations,…

09 April 2015 [07:43 PM]
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Community colleges could offer mentors

David Gray of the New America Foundation has an idea. Instead of free community college for everyone, as President Barack Obama would…

08 April 2015 [07:48 PM]
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Barbecue smoke's policy conundrum

Not every problem has a government solution. And when government sets broad policy based on unique circumstances, problems inevitably arise. That’s what’s…

07 April 2015 [08:25 PM]
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There's no war on public education

Seriously, this verbiage has lost any impact it ever had. Now there’s a “war on education.” Apparently, it consists of politicians and…

06 April 2015 [07:34 PM]
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Boost the economy by killing death tax

A “straw man argument” is when one side misrepresents the other, and then argues against the misrepresentation — the “straw man” —…

05 April 2015 [07:38 PM]
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