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America’s R&D train wreck

Eight out of ten Americans tell pollsters they believe the nation is on the "wrong track," an analogy born of the age of the railroad. Unfortunately, passenger trains are faster…

Diplomacy, appeasement or war?

President Bush's speech to Israel's Knesset, where he likened negotiating with terrorists and rogue nations to "the false comfort of appeasement," provoked an angry response from Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack…

Summertime, summertime

I know summer is coming, not just because Memorial Day is Monday, but because of the high hopes which are setting in. The older my four children get, 14 down to…

Missing the point

A new report declares that a "boy crisis" in education doesn't exist and that both sexes are about equal in their standardized tests scores. At least that's the analysis of…

Balking at using torture

At least one government agency, the FBI, felt the administration's harsh treatment of detainees, which top Bush officials repeatedly tried to justify, was wrong. A report by the Justice department's inspector…

We’re not number one

Being a patriotic fellow, I am always saddened to learn that the good ol' USA isn't No. 1 in all fields. That was my reaction last week when I read an…

The appeasement smackdown

Did you see that smack-down by MSNBC's Chris Matthews of Los Angeles conservative radio commentator Kevin James? Matthews' question to James was simple. …

Olbermann’s ‘cold-hearted killers’

When MSNBC's Keith Olbermann last week said President George W. Bush created an American that "includes 'cold-blooded killers who will kill people to achieve their political objectives," he set off…

Shame on us

In a Baghdad shop recently, a young man bent over to pick up an item and a badge identifying him as a civilian employed by the United States inadvertently fell…

A world without automobiles

The adjective "quixotic" must have been invented for the idealists who would like to rid the world of automobiles. The word, which we owe to the fictitious knight-errant Don Quixote,…