Other Commentaries

Let’s not discount nuclear power

What is an ideal energy source for electricity production? Students in my class say the ideal source must be plentiful, sustainable, inexpensive, reliable, safe, and produced right here in the United States thereby providing jobs. While no single source is perfect, nuclear power checks many ...

Don’t sell Jefferson’s legacy short

The recent debasement of statues of historical figures leads me to suggest that we judge their lives by standards of their own time as well as our own. In that regard, I stand to defend Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Immediately, I will stipulate that Jefferson inherited slaves and took a young ...

Gun control methods not working

The mind boggles at the horror of Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock perched himself in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed bullets into a crowd of outdoor concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in American history. If this slaughter of innocents were an act perpetrated by a ...

Lack of respect for humanity troubling

Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I don’t remember ...

Feeling disabled by our government

A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley ...

Ex-offenders need help coming home

The debt many prison inmates pay to society isn’t the end of the price tab for their crimes. They return to the community bearing the stigma of conviction, which makes it difficult to secure gainful employment and even housing. And a good many have deficits in job and life skills that make ...

College is not a day care

Our college-age population consists mostly of 18- to 30-year-olds, and likewise our armed forces. I wonder whether they shared common responses to the 2016 presidential election. Many college administrators provided students with therapy dogs, play dough, coloring books, bubbles, videos of ...

All is not forgiven, Sean Spicer

On his first full day as president, Donald Trump showed up at the CIA, described journalists as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and accused them of making up stuff about him. He blamed journalists for a perceived rift between him and the intelligence agencies — failing ...

Gas-drilling influence deep in Harrisburg

The most visible sign of the gas-drilling industry’s profound influence over state policy is the Legislature’s refusal to impose a fair extraction tax on the industry even as the state government faces a $2.2 billion deficit. But a piece of the revenue bill passed July 27 by the Senate ...

‘Old Glory’ deserves a lot better

Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world. The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code stipulates how it is to be displayed, ...

‘Equitable relief’ deadline draws near

From the time she was a teenager waiting tables at the local pancake house, Shirley always worked. Later in life, she managed some pretty impressive restaurants. Since the benefits were not always great, Shirley relied on the medical insurance provided by the trucking company for which her ...

College about more than rankings

It’s rankings season, and we college presidents are explaining, decrying and celebrating. We insist rankings don’t matter and then rush to talk about how we did. This isn’t hypocrisy on our part. Presidents know people look at rankings. They look because rankings appear to provide ...

Americans’ ignorance worrisome

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Donald Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

Climate consensus needed

If the American people, collectively speaking, had enough sense to come in out of the rain, the climate “debate” — long settled almost everywhere else on earth — would be over. No, it’s not possible to assert with mathematical certainty that hurricanes Harvey and Irma were caused by ...

How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON — Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Hillary Clinton — who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren’t sure — is on a book tour with her campaign memoir, “What Happened.” Donald Trump is chatting up Democrats to ...

The Wall, the deal and Trump

Build that wall. Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump’s signature pledge to build a border wall, aka The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, ...

War demands equality of sacrifice

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, “The Vietnam War,” which will ...

US in dire need for tax reform

Thirty-one years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the largest tax reform and simplification bill in American history. Since then, our country, global economics and the way the world does business have all changed dramatically while the U.S. tax code has failed ...

Free market vital to Americans’ lives

Though my family escaped Hurricane Irma’s wrath here in northern Indiana, we had our own little mess when our septic tank overflowed this weekend, spewing nasty “water” all over the basement bathroom floor. After several frantic calls to plumbers (who correctly diagnosed it as a septic ...

Trump’s option play debt deal

What just happened? President Donald Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic act? It’s ...