Instead of seeking ‘common ground,’ Trump gives a flabby, divisive speech

President Trump leaned heavily on the stories of American heroes in his State of the Union address Tuesday night because he didn’t have much...

Dear FAA: Please define ‘landing’

I saw an article the other day which described a small aircraft conducting an emergency landing on a Long Island Beach (That’s Long Island,...

Frederick Douglass, a champion of American individualism

It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what...

What’s missing in February

Tomorrow Angelkeep Groundhog will do his annual duty. He’ll stick his head out of a hole in the ground and immediately declare six more...

Can Trump sustain newfound gravitas?

It was a good speech. Calm down. I said good. Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton’s much-mocked 2000...

Latest teen craze like all the others: Dumb

Is anyone truly surprised teenagers are daring each other to eat laundry detergent, filming it and posting those videos on the internet? Honestly. This type of...

Will Trump exhaust our democratic capacities?

Political leaders in democracies have a few core obligations. They are charged with solving today’s problems and preparing their nations for the future. They...

A new paean to progressivism overlooks why Americans lost trust in government

Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted...

What winter freeze can cause

Brrr. Not a stutter. Winter hit. Brrr. Did you know that the authority of Oxford Dictionaries (If you can’t trust the British for proper oratory,...

Hiding public information in plain sight

Here we go again. Every legislative session in recent memory has had at least one proposal to eliminate public notice advertising in one form or...