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Mass idiocy…

The Interstate I-35W bridge has collapsed in Minneapolis, and something else ought to collapse with it: the incessant, in-your-face, wholly indefensible ballyhoo that mass transit is America's transportation salvation and…

We have met the enemy and…

America's ever-growing enemies list in the multiple wars of Iraq grew again this week when yet another culprit was officially identified. …

The Iraq-Vietnam parallels

Some columnists, commentators and politicians, especially on the right, have been reluctant to acknowledge parallels between the Vietnam War and our current war in Iraq. Nevertheless, the two have a lot…

Baseball’s shame

My three sons very seldom agree on anything. In fact a get-together often resembles gorillas squabbling over who is the real Alpha Male with each using his own athletic prowess…

Rules? We don’t obey rules

Americans rightly admire our troops for their bravery, dedication and integrity. The Marines, for instance, are renowned for abiding by an honorable code -- as warriors and as individuals in civilian…

Plame loses another round in court

The ex-spy whose unmasking led to the conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide cannot disclose the dates she worked for the CIA because the details were never declassified,…

Soldiers convicted of rape, murder in Iraq

A military jury found a soldier guilty of rape and murder in the slayings of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and her family, despite testimony that cast doubt on his involvement. Jurors…

A bridge too far

And so our latest true-life, made-for-cable-TV disaster unfolds. Remember the talk about the nation's crumbling infrastructure after levees failed during Hurricane Katrina? Remember those SUV-eating sinkholes in Brooklyn? Remember the report…

The value of loyalty

Some years ago through a newspaper ad, I found a roofing contractor to put a tar roof on an addition to my home. It was a sweltering July day. When…

The news from Wall Street is not good

Newspapers today still count for something -- and in some societies they can count for a great deal. That Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. are to become the new proprietors…