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Barone: ‘Mostly peaceful’ violence and dueling double standards

Pictures matter. Images convey truths — and falsehoods — with an emotional impact that can amplify and sometimes completely overwhelm the messages imparted by words.Consider the photo of the guy with the buffalo-horn headdress and naked midriff standing at the House speaker’s podium in ...

Barone: The United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences

On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden’s administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was named director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice — unconfirmable for a Cabinet post after her unembarrassed Sunday show lying about the Benghazi terrorist ...

Guest opinion: Appeal to Heaven: America’s remedy for division

America has a new president along with calls for unity, but it remains unclear whether or how America will be able to unite and move forward.Part of the problem is that it’s exhausting to figure out how the average person should approach politics these days, especially since almost any online ...

Guest opinion: How many of these things will occur under one-party rule?

<em>Editor’s note: This was written on Jan. 11.</em>Let’s ask some speculative, but predictive questions about what lies ahead once a one-party Democrat-system takes charge of our government. What might we expect from the new Democrat President and Congress ...

Barone: Biden’s heartfelt appeal for unity likely to be unavailing

“We must end this uncivil war,” Joe Biden proclaimed shortly after he became the 46th president on Wednesday. Hours earlier, in his last moments as the 45th president, Donald Trump extended “best wishes” to the “new administration.”Graceful words, but accompanied by sharp and, in ...

Guest Opinion: Death shouldn’t bankrupt families

Death often causes financial hardship. In 2020, my neighbor suffered the deaths of two family members, neither of whom incurred hospital costs. But she was dismayed by the total funeral and burial costs for those two deaths: $36,000.Due to COVID-19, many families must deal not only with the ...

Guest opinion: Freedom and democracy come with corresponding duties

After every election, there are large numbers of people disappointed with the candidate that won. This is the inherent nature of our democracy. This last presidential election was unique due to claims of massive voter fraud. More than 50 cases went to various courts yet no massive voter fraud ...

Dimond: Be charitable but also be careful

MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them.Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good can be ...

Barone: Immigrant voters trended toward Trump

Like Sherlock Holmes’ dog that didn’t bark in the night, so goes in politics: uncharacteristic behavior can turn out to be crucially significant — uncharacteristic behavior in politics being defined as one demographic group unexpectedly trending one way when most of the electorate trends ...