Twenty years ago on Sept. 16, 2001, I jumped on the treadmill at the University of Missouri’s recreation center to do the only thing that I knew to do.
I have been in only one earthquake. It was in Izmir, Turkey, in 2014. The earth moved, undulating under my feet. Buildings shook and people’s fear could be felt.
Are we witnessing the feminization of America? And if so, is that a good or bad thing, or is it, like so many quiet but ineluctable trends, a combination of the two?
When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago, conspiracy theorists on the Left cried, “No War for Oil!” The real reason for the Bush administration’s invasion was to topple the Taliban government and make way for a lucrative oil pipeline sought by friends of oilman Dick Cheney.
WASHINGTON — In 2014, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor to deliver a blistering speech opposing Antony Blinken’s nomination as deputy secretary of state. Noting his years working for then-Vice President Joe Biden, McCain declared that Blinken was “not only unqualified” but …
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN — Past midnight last Friday, I sat at an eerily quiet Afghan military base on the edges of Mazar-e-Sharif, listening over and over again to the fervent pledges of high-ranking fighters that the beloved city and longtime bulwark of anti-Taliban resistance absolute…
Sitting in the backyard are five packages of firewood, the type that look like they came out of some factory because each piece is so evenly sized. They are nicely wrapped in plastic, like they should have been on some store shelf rather than from the forest.
As the images of chaos at Afghanistan's main airport looped on the news channels, "disaster" quickly became the favored word of commentators, followed by "disgrace." What we saw was disturbing, especially the evidence that U.S. forces hadn't secured the airport early on.
One thing that can be safely said about the Biden administration is that when you think they could not become even more extreme, they make clear that you underestimate them at your peril.
I received an email the other day from the bagel store that I have frequented for over two decades. Yes, even after carbs became out of vogue, I am still religious in my support and consumption.
The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives humanity a simple directive: Get a grip on greenhouse gas emissions or the dear old planet won’t be the dear old planet we have known and loved down through the millennia.
Aug. 1 marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, which was the first law addressing the development and control of nuclear power in our country.
Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.
A recent Saturday night in Branson, Missouri, and Manhattan, New York, was a time of summer celebration. People were jamming in restaurants and out to hear music with few wearing masks. Both places were in a partying mood to celebrate what appeared to be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters’ preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.
If you ever debated the notion that history repeats itself, look no further than the news this week that an answer to our energy demands and climate woes can be found in incinerators.
For 245 years now, Americans have had a red, white, and blue time celebrating the Fourth of July. We all know America’s independence was declared on that day in 1776. How many other things do you know that were associated with that landmark event? Find out in this short, fun quiz.
When you get to spend a few days with a grandchild, you learn that there is an entirely new world of animated films that popped up between the time that your children watched them and your children’s children are watching them.
WASHINGTON — With the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, our country has lost a great leader who helped liberate 50 million people from tyranny, deliver justice to the terrorists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, and transform our military for the threats of a new century. And I lost a great boss …
While there are still discussions going on about the fate our Close to Home Hospice House, and for those who support the opening of the house, we feel hopeful again after the Campbell County Health Board meeting on June 24.
The wrong-headed objection to nuclear power will come back to haunt its opponents. Nuclear power has done more to reduce carbon emissions than any other energy source. But its growth is being stonewalled by major environmental organizations. They regard it as a systemic horror, but it’s glob…
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Mexican-American War, which lasted from May 13, 1846, when the United States officially declared war on Mexico, until Feb. 2, 1848, when a treaty was signed ending the war. Mexico declared war on the United States on July 7, 1846.
Give Charles Murray, longtime scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, credit for courage. Again and again, despite outrageously unfair attacks, he has returned to the public arena and persisted in telling unwelcome truths. In his meticulous prose, with charts and tables so elegant as t…
FRIDAY MORNING’S rain came just ahead of my weekend plans to wash the windows, and I’m grateful not only for the moisture, but also for the raindrops that washed away some of the dirt that had been there too long.
Kamala Harris shone in the Senate when she was asking questions in hearings. That is where the idea that she might have presidential possibilities flourished. Democrats, observing her surefootedness, were led to think, “Here is the next Barack Obama.”
Every June, dads across the country receive an array of gifts from their children on Father’s Day. Whether it is an eccentric homemade card, or a Popsicle stick picture frame, or a tie that will be worn in public once (maybe), or the coveted World’s Best Dad coffee mug or trophy, a child wi…