| Sep 1, 2014
| 4:26 PM
The modern-day politician follows these basic steps:
1) Get elected to gain power.
2) Celebrate attainment of power.
3) Consider using power to enact change.
4) Worry that enacting change might look bad politically.
5) Change nothing.
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:04 PM
It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull.
How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he's had as a senator — "hilarious" even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Clinton about how to finance...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Sarah Palin has expressed her support for Mike Ditka, who has expressed his support for Daniel Snyder, who has vowed to never change the name of the Washington Redskins.
Got all that? It can get a little confusing. Just ask Palin and Ditka. Those two...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 10:30 AM
In response to Al Eisner's letter concerning illegal immigrants destroying America ("Illegal immigrants will destroy America as we know it," Aug. 16), I feel the need to make a few comments.
Mr. Eisner says that "the influx of illegal immigrants can and...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 4:13 PM
In positively poetic words, columnist Colin McEnroe extolled the life-affirming work of depression-suffering addicts Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams, both of whom committed suicide [Aug. 17, Opinion, "Why Grieve Them? Robin Williams And Philip...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 12:09 PM
Twice in 2014, I've come to the end of a pleasant evening, walked upstairs to where my laptop sits and discovered the sudden death of someone who spoke powerfully to me.
In February, it was Philip Seymour Hoffman on a Sunday night. Last Monday night, it...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:03 AM
As vacations go, this one was a pip.
Some of the year's best cycling weather, of course, came in the week that followed Tuesday of last week, when I was rendered unable to get out to enjoy it. Mother Nature has a sadistic sense of humor.
I shan't bother...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Rush Limbaugh's politicizing of Robin Williams' suicide is despicable and shows his complete absence of decency and an intelligent understanding of just what suicide is all about. It is a manifestation of his true character, or should I say, lack thereof....
| Aug 4, 2014
| 2:58 PM
In June, Hillary Clinton released a new book that served as the unofficial kickoff to a presidential campaign set to hit the homestretch in the summer of 2016. But for the moment she’s enduring what Politico called "the summer of the anti-Clinton...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 9:31 AM
A great paradox of Obama’s America is that racism has been so thoroughly condemned that it only rarely receives public attention. To some extent, the election of a black president relaxed what remained of our national focus on race matters, it...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Six more debates? Well, I’m all in favor of getting as much information as possible, but I think six debates might be too much. The candidates could probably cut that in half, especially since Tom Foley doesn’t have that much to say. Gov....