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Local Columns

If we care about kids, immigration policy of US is not humanitarian

Your loyal columnist is not in the habit of saying, “I told you so,” but may I remind readers about a column I wrote a few weeks ago in which I warned that the U.S. was in for a bumpy immigration ride ahead. “Massive human caravans from Honduras are already headed this way,” I wrote ...

Is a Cold War II with China inevitable?

Today, the four premier leaders of The Quad — the U.S., Australia, India and Japan — conduct their first summit, by teleconference. The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal strategy forum of the major Indo-Pacific democracies that some wish to see evolve into an Asian ...

COVID hypocrisy at White House

Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid ...

The power to make war

Two weeks ago, while the House of Representatives was finalizing its 700-page legislation authorizing the Treasury to borrow and spend $1.9 trillion in the next six months, and the Senate was attempting to confirm more of President Joseph R. Biden’s cabinet nominees, Biden secretly ordered ...

What’s causing America’s baby bust?

When the COVID-19 pandemic started and lockdowns became part of our daily lives, some romantic souls were predicting that this would produce a baby boom. Now, as the data shows up, we see exactly the opposite. CBS obtained data from health departments in over two dozen states that shows ...

Judges could stop no-cash-bail madness

This is an open letter to District Court judges in Harris County, Texas. But honestly, it could apply to any number of judges across the country. Citizens from all walks of life are begging you to close the revolving door at the courthouse! In your zeal to embrace the idea of doing away with ...

Who really imperils the Republic?

“That attack, that siege” of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, “was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism.” “Domestic terrorism,” said Wray, echoing his boss. For what had been President-elect Joe ...

Womens’ History Month: Our own local hero Dorcas Buchanan

By presidential proclamation, the month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month, a time to stop and reflect on the contributions women have made in our American history. I recently discovered a wonderful book series by Marie Benedict (found at our local bookstore, The ...

Trying to silence free speech

“In short, we do not need good laws to restrain bad men. We need good men to restrain bad laws.” — G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Why do people in power try to silence speech with which they disagree? Last week produced news about the suppression of speech on university campuses. There, ...