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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…

American ethnic cleansing?

On a cross-country road trip more than three decades ago, I visited the Jackson County museum in Oregon. I remember one display in particular about the Chinese community there. An exhibit…

‘Sicko’ needs a fact physical

In his new movie "Sicko," Michael Moore uses a clip of my appearance earlier this year on "The O'Reilly Factor" to introduce a segment on the glories of Canadian health…

Spying needs a human touch

The day of the spy-in-the-sky approach to intelligence gathering may be coming to an end, plagued by cost overruns and systems so complex they take too long to perfect and…

Was Pat Tillman murdered?

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former…

Finally getting the message

Droughts in the Southwest and Mid-Atlantic United States. Floods in Texas, Southern England, China, Pakistan, Colombia and, of all places, Sudan. Watch global weather reports and, to paraphrase Bob Dylan,…

Shaping the school day

When the No Child Left Behind Act was passed, it was seen, for good or ill, as a federal intrusion into an area -- elementary and secondary education --…

The gospel according to ‘Deadwood’

With the DVD release of its third, and final, season, I'd like to suggest that HBO's "Deadwood" is the finest theological drama ever made for an otherwise dismal medium. I realize…