Opinion

Callousness or Conscientiousness?

The most incriminatory and unarguable allegation leveled by some Senate Judiciary Committee panelists against Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was, apparently, that he isn’t Merrick Garland. Guilty as charged.…

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Truth Matters

Time magazine’s cover posed a question which, these days, is worthy of much thought. Reminiscent of an infamous 1966 cover, the crimson words set against a black background cried out:…

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A Listening Ear

Toddlers. They’re next to each other. But are they playing together? Depends who you ask. Traditional “wisdom” had it that they’re not truly interacting, but engaging in parallel play. Preschool…

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American Democracy: Not so Decadent After All

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much…

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Time for Kurdish Independence?

Has the time for Kurdish independence finally arrived? No other Mideast community (except Israel) has a closer relationship with the United States than the Iraqi Kurds, who have played a…

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When the Government’s Policy Is to Pass the Buck

An interesting little tiff has erupted over the Republican health-care bill wending its way through the House. Most of the politicking over this bill has involved pushing and pulling from…

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Unfair Play

In the current polarized political atmosphere, where “team” mentality — “our guys are great, yours are bums” — seems to be the default state of mind, and where objective, thoughtful…

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Working for a Solution

Considering President Trump’s history-making, outrageous claims that aren’t necessarily tethered to fact, when he announced last Friday that he had won over more than a dozen House conservatives to supporting…

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Juggling Act

He probably felt a pit forming in his stomach as the lights flashed from behind. Blayk Puckett, that is, who was pulled over late Friday night, March 3, in Arkansas…

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The Real World of Obamacare Repeal

The L-rd giveth and the L-rd taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you…

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Leave the Constitution Alone

Our new political environment continually prompts the question “Is nothing sacred?” The grudging reverence people of both parties once felt for presidents is gone. Large segments of the electorate categorically…

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What the FDA Gets Wrong About E-Cigarettes

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration is a hopeful sign that the FDA’s illogical tobacco product regulations may…

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More Can Be Done for Missing IDF Soldiers

In the two and a half years since IDF Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, there’s been blessed quiet in Israel. But in one sense it’s been too quiet. There’s been…

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Mitzvos and “Making It”

In aveilus, I do not listen to music these days. But there is ambient music in many places that can’t be avoided, so I try at least not to enjoy…

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