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Time for a cosmic perspective

Here's one way of looking at our solar system and our place in it: If the vast span of time between the two events that bookend the lifecycle of our…

A nation of hysterical cowards

Lenore Skenazy, a columnist for the New York Sun, caused quite a stir earlier this month when she wrote about letting her nine-year-old son take a subway and bus by…

Putting it into context…or not

I saw my old pal Context the other day. He seemed very low. He hasn't been the same since our mutual friend Irony died. "Hey, Connie," I said, "Why the long…

So, where are all the illegals?

A fence along our border with Mexico may seem like a solution to our illegal-immigration problem, but it's a sideshow, a distraction from the thorniest of immigration issues: the 12…

Best of times, worst of times

Articles in the May/June issue of the AARP Magazine, the April 24 issue of the Christian Science Monitor and the April 25 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education reminded…

Many states already in recession

The finances of many states have deteriorated so badly that they appear to be in a recession, regardless of whether that's true for the nation as a whole, a survey…

So much talk, so little depth

You have to feel sorry for the panelists at Howard University. The group, moderated by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, recently discussed the documentary, "Meeting David Wilson." …

Improving America from within

In an age of terrorism when strong, trusted leadership is essential, America's global image has plunged to depths that were unthinkable even a few years ago. …

No summer vacation for gas tax

We have "spawning season," "breeding season" and "calving season," which make our "summer driving season" sound almost like a naturally occurring phase of the American cycle of life. Americans might…

Time to stamp out ID theft

No wonder identity theft is the fastest-growing crime. Our common sense hasn't caught up with our technology. We let anyone have our Social Security and driver's-license numbers. We might as well…