Syndicated Columns

Opinion: NATO struggles with Ukraine policy
March 28, 2015
The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict” that has emerged there.
Opinion: Handicapping the GOP race
March 27, 2015
With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.
Opinion: Author takes new look at economics
March 26, 2015
Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
Opinion: Prosecutor can’t escape false conviction
March 26, 2015
A few words about the high-priced education of Marty Stroud. Thirty-one years ago, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III was a prosecutor in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish. He was arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental and full of himself. This assessment of Stroud’s character, you should know, comes from Stroud himself.
Opinion: Cruz presidential bid faces obstacles
March 25, 2015
In his first year as a senator, he cast one of three votes against longtime Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, then incited like-thinking conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government for 16 days in a futile bid to stop President Barack Obama’s landmark health care act.
Opinion: U.S. rift with South America grows
March 24, 2015
The White House announcement of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama, stating that he will meet with Caribbean and Central American leaders, raises a big question: Has the United States given up on South America?
Opinion: Equal opportunity hard to achieve
March 23, 2015
The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”
Opinion: China drifting away from reform
March 23, 2015
Beijing increasingly appears to be walling China off from the outside world, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Opinion: Standing up to cyber bullies
March 22, 2015
Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like “Insurgent,” “Divergent” or “Tooth Fairy.” Rather, it’s in response to the headlines you made last week when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you as a “b–h,” a “whore,” and a “c–” and threatened you with rape after you tweeted an opinion about an SEC basketball tournament.
Opinion: U.S., Israel facing turbulent times
March 22, 2015
It’s March Madness in the Middle East: The U.S. and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with Israel’s chief adversary, Iran.
Opinon: Ohio governor promotes new ideas
March 21, 2015
Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest.