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It was a gray, overcast day Monday, July 12, when my daughter, Tasha Hamlet, and I left on a short trip to Kansas City. We had been to Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day weekend, finally realizing a trip that had been planned for about two years. Then this trip, which was a late Christmas pre…

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus is asked: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” He answers: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” But the second admonition, Jesus adds, “is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor …

As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden’s solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …

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WASHINGTON — On July 11, Richard Branson became the first billionaire in space. In the video promoting the trip, joy is evident on his face as he unbuckles his safety harness and floats free from gravity. Back on Earth, reactions were ... less enthusiastic.

This spring, COVID-19 cases were down in Southwest Missouri. Despite the reality that younger children can’t be vaccinated until late in 2021, we decided it would be safe to mask up and take our 7-year-old grandson to Silver Dollar City. We chose a Sunday afternoon in mid-May before the tour…

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“Freedom of speech is the air that any thinker breathes; it’s the fuel that ignites the fire of an intellectual’s thoughts.” Raif Badawi dared to write such things in Saudi Arabia. And he exercised his own freedom of speech, asking questions about faith and challenging extremism in that coun…

No one is trying to topple the Alamo quite yet, but a new revisionist book on the foundational event of Texas history partakes of the iconoclastic spirit of our time.

WASHINGTON — South Africa is the first country where COVID-19 has contributed to serious social disorder (if you don’t count the United States). One of Africa’s wealthiest nations is beset by inequality, corruption, political strife and now a health system that is, in the description of Pres…

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been generally accepted that the virus is not as dangerous to children. Of our nation’s more than 600,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, nearly 400 have occurred in children ages 0 to 17. For anyone tempted to view this impact dispassionately …

After President Biden promoted door-to-door efforts to encourage folks to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina denounced the campaign as intimidation and coercion. White House press secretary Jen Psaki could not contain her disdain for the governor’s lethal lunacy.

The price of oil surged to $75 a barrel the other day under President Joe Biden’s green energy policies. The price was as low as $35 a barrel under former President Donald Trump because he believed in American energy dominance (“Drill, baby, drill”). So, more oil meant lower prices at the pu…

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More Republicans than Democrats appear to be “vaccine hesitant.” They’ve gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the news media. “Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We’ll all pay the price,” read one headline in The Washington Post. In The New York Times, there…

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WASHINGTON — Here is perhaps the most important medical and political fact of our time: 99.5% of all COVID-19-related deaths in the United States occur among unvaccinated people; 0.5% of COVID-19 deaths occur among vaccinated people. If you tell people not to be vaccinated, you add to the fo…

Did you realize there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it’s hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults — about 4.4 million citizens — are currently under some sort of community supervision.

In his “We need a national effort at civic healing” column (July 3), Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson outlined his view of the gravest threats facing American democracy today.

The Democratic Party’s No. 1 priority is to pass a voting “reform” bill that would federalize elections under rules favorable to Democratic candidates. It’s more important than infrastructure, or massive new social spending, or anything else, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senat…

Last week, President Joe Biden spoke words that Americans have waited 16 months to hear. “We are emerging from the darkness of ... a year of pandemic and isolation, a year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss,” he said to a country that was celebrating its national day with picnics, cookouts…

This topic is seldom seen in the media of late, and yes, it is the same old debate: How much to spend to defend this nation. But now it seems the internal, little-publicized discussion among the top brass and Congress is mixing in the new, woke ideas with military spending debates. It concer…

Forty-five years ago this weekend, I was between my freshman and sophomore years of high school, a lanky Kansas farm kid who was now fully useful on either a tractor, combine, pickup or wheat truck.

It occurred 50 years ago this month, a story known primarily by people now dead but one that is vital for our times and for all time. It is a tale about the Pentagon Papers, the Unitarian Universalist Church, a teeny publishing house, a radical historian, a renegade Pentagon employee, a coup…

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