Despite the Olympic glow, half of Korea remains in darkness

Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense...

On gun violence, we are a failed state

The surest sign a political regime is failing is its inability to do anything about a problem universally seen as urgent and that has...

Conservatism defined — sort of

Are you a conservative? You are? Really? What does that mean? How do you see yourself when you embrace that label? Would you like to know...

Time for lawmakers to take a profile in courage

In the tragic wake of the 18th American school shooting so far in 2018, at this writing my email inbox had yet to receive...

My team, my player, and (in a way) my high school

While contemplating whether or not I want to buy a Yu Darvish jersey (I don’t), I have been thinking about the inclusive power of...

What can I do in response to these tragedies?

I dropped my Miles off at school this morning, and then I cried. He’s six. He’s in first grade. His world is so fragile without...

Keeping our own little problems in perspective

It shouldn’t be this way. We shouldn’t need reminders of taking things for granted, of keeping things in perspective, of being grateful for the...

No names, no notoriety

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and...

Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

“Mason City. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert...

How many people live in my house?

I walked into the foyer today and noticed something odd: there were eight pair of shoes scattered around the floor. Without thinking I picked...