by | Dec 4, 2018

President Trump and the First Lady’s graceful tribute to the late George H. W. Bush underscored, a little awkwardly, one reason for the tone and fragrance of all the obituary tributes we’re reading. The Trumps praised — with unimpeachable dignity…

by | Feb 3, 2017

Calm down, everybody. Just calm down. The moronic violence at Berkeley Wednesday night was just the latest evidence that behavior in the public square has spun way out of control. Worse, both our immediate past president and our current White…

by | Jan 2, 2017

“I have to be quiet for a while,” he said. “And I don’t mean politically, I mean internally. I have to still myself. You have to get back in tune with your center and process what’s happened before you make…

by | Dec 27, 2016

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is…

by | Sep 21, 2016

My late friend Peter Hannaford believed, “If presidents are to be judged by their ratio of achievement to their stated goals, James Polk had a 100 percent record and, in that respect, must be seen as one of our most…

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