Columns

If records from the world in general and America, in particular, survive a few more generations, I rather suspect that one item of interest will generate a lot of buzz amongst those future historians:

New presidents have only so long to get big legislative initiatives done. It’s already June, and the clock is ticking for President Joe Biden. Big bills take a long time. Congress will spend much of the summer on recess. They’ll be at work in the fall, but by the end of the year, Democratic …

That he pointed the gun at me was not too surprising, to be honest. That he actually pulled the trigger was even less so, especially given the look on his face. And his aim was absolutely dead-on; I must give him that. He hit me center mass, even double-tapped.

Houston Methodist Hospital set a deadline this week (week of June 6) for its 26,000 employees: Get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or lose your job. Almost everyone complied, except for a small group of dissenters, who are now suing the hospital.

Texas is the latest state to have a big fight over reforming its election laws. Remember that in Georgia, some Democrats — like President Joe Biden — said a Republican-passed law that made several commonsense changes to election practices was “Jim Crow on steroids.” You won’t be surprised th…

Have you ever embarked on a project only to realize too late that you were overly invested? That’s where I found myself the other night. I’m going to relate the experience to you now in hopes that you can learn from my mistakes or possibly just get a good laugh.

President Biden and many environmentalists are pushing for the Electric Vehicle (EV) to hopefully save the planet. Initially, an electric vehicle sounds like it will be a good replacement for fossil fuel vehicles. But are they really?

While the thoughts of most of the nation were on Memorial Day, a different type of thought process was playing out in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over that same weekend as armed black Nationalist Militia groups descended on the area. “The struggle for Reparations must be escalated,” a news release from…

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met in the Oval Office Tuesday, May 25, with the family of George Floyd, the man who died one year ago in the custody of Minneapolis police. The occasion is an opportunity to look at the enormous upheaval the reaction to Floyd’s death has …

I was in line at an all-too familiar spot, a fast food place, and some customers began grumbling. “The service sure is slow around here,” one said at a volume level that carried beyond the counter.

When I say that I am writing this column from a desert place, please understand that I am literally writing this column from a desert place. Many times we use that phrase metaphorically, but in this case, I am literally staring out the window at the New Mexico desert as I type these words.

The wire that is used for cabling computers together is rated in categories from 1 to 7 (although 8 along with 7 are in the development stages). This is twisted pair cable, which means the cable has several wires in it that are twisted together. Coax cable is also used but very limited in us…

Frankly, I’ve never understood why face masks were such a big deal. There’s a deadly viral disease abroad in the land; it spreads through aerosolized particles emitted when people talk, sneeze or breathe heavily, particularly in crowded, indoor spaces. It seemed only a matter of common sense…

“It was like someone flipped a switch.” That was my son in Washington, D.C., reporting on what he saw last weekend as he walked the streets. “One day, everyone was wearing a mask, with no eye contact or small talk, and the next day, it was like everything was back to normal.”

The more we learn about the true dimensions of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the worse it is. Now, a new report says that in the last few months, U.S. authorities have encountered illegal border crossers not just from Mexico, or the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvad…

If I understand the current paradigm correctly, readers of newspaper columns are generally a bit of an older demographic than those who rely solely on online sources for their news and/or opinion. If that is indeed the case, I will, in this, be communicating with an audience that is naturall…

If one wanted to climb from earth to the moon, one theoretical way to do it would be to stack seven columns of $1 bills side by side and then climb that column from here to there. Mind you, I am not pulling those figures out of thin air; they accurately represent the thickness and height of …

There are certain days you will never forget. Members of the “Greatest Generation” could tell you exactly where they were when they heard about Pearl Harbor and the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In the nine elections between 1980 and 2012, candidates with one of three names — Bush, Cheney and Romney — appeared on the GOP’s national ticket nine times. Yet today, those names are all reviled by a party dominated by one man: Donald J. Trump.

On a recent clear, mid-spring morning, clouds scudded across a robin’s egg sky, and sunlight dappled the chert driveway, overhung with hardwoods, that runs alongside my riding arena. I didn’t think there could be a more perfect opportunity to spend time with my horses and let the moments soo…

On June 14, 2017, a team of Republican lawmakers went to an athletic field in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. As they worked out, a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and pistol approached and opened fire. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Ho…

When video first emerged of former officer Derrick Chauvin kneeling on the back of George Floyd’s neck until he died, I said both in print (See my column “On Riots And Righteousness”) and from the pulpit that it was murder, and I stand by that evaluation. A jury has now determined that to be…