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Zito: Postcards from the edge of cannibalism

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — Several years ago the Smithsonian magazine ran an elegant story about the use of postcards in American culture as a way both to communicate to loved ones far away and to illustrate what the traveler wants you to see about where they have been. The key phrase is ...

Robbins: Elitism, arrogance threaten a backlash against Democrats

"Trouble in River City" goes the famous line in "The Music Man," one of America's best-loved musicals, set in the fictional town of River City, Iowa, meant to represent the country's heartland. It is in America's heartland — not just geographic, but socio-political — that Democrats risk a ...

Erickson: Must-see TV

You will have to forgive a piece that is not at all about politics and the current cultural contretemps of modern American society. Instead, I want to use these words to recommend as forcefully as possible a television show that you should be watching. But first, you must have a history ...

Garvey: Parents need – and have – the right to make mistakes

Do parents have the right to make a mistake? That's the question at hand when we talk about medication and surgery for gender dysphoria in children. But it's not an issue that begins when kids enter puberty. Parents start making high-stakes medical decisions, ones that have lifelong ...

Barone: Maybe larger families will produce better leaders, as in the early US

Why was America in the Revolutionary War era, with 3 million people, able to generate leaders of the quality of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, while today's America, with 333 million people, generates the likes of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump? That's a ...

Williams: A story of the soil and the soul

Hard work, passion, virtue and true grit earmark the American heartland. Anecdotes, generation-spanning farm families and crop innovations speak volumes. They are all children of agriculture. Farming teaches faith in God, food cultivation, animal husbandry, the value of love, the richness of ...