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Oberlin College’s Racial Hucksterism Comes Home To Roost

As a right-wing alumna of far-left Oberlin College, I have four words for the administration in response to last week’s ground-breaking $11 million jury verdict in the defaming of humble Gibson’s Bakery: You had it coming. I have five more words for Oberlin as arrogant college officials ...

Biden Takes Heat For Evolving Stance

WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden’s wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate ...

Who’s That Tapping?

I work at my desk, the retriever at my feet. His bark is his, usually ballistic, warning when we hear knocking at the door. This is polite but insistent. We are both surprised, I think, and when I open the door he’s ready to charge though. His wagging tail signals his real intent— that ...

New Friends Made At Camp

Going to summer camp was a good experience. My friends went to camp long before I did. Some of them went to Girl Scout camp while others went to Camp in the Woods, a primitive camp where they slept in tents. My mother did not choose either of these options for my camping experience. I ...

We Should Be Ashamed Of Ourselves

In the recent May school board and school budget elections, this newspaper posted the results of who was elected to local school boards and also listed the numbers in the school budget votes. Looking at the results, the total number of voters from some of the districts were mind boggling. ...

Memories Of Dancing With Allan Burns

I’m driving down Route 394 on the west side of the lake here in Western New York, 50 miles from the Canadian border. The ice is gone now on our glacial lake, 20 miles of it end to end. The winter with it. The sky is full of birds, soaring, cawing, wild with spring. On comes a song some ...

Must We Wage War With Iran?

ABC News reported, “The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.” Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...

Trickle-Down Monetary Policy

Trickle-down theory is a derisive term for policies that cut taxes to stimulate the economy. It assumes that politicians want the very rich to get all the money, and then it will trickle down to the rest. The mockers think that only the poor and middle class should get tax breaks. That fails to ...

Grateful For The Pansies

I have a friend who’s a minister. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and in the 15 years I’ve known her, she’s worked very hard to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and grace in her life. She used to work on movie sets in Los Angeles in her younger years, but she developed chronic fatigue ...

Enjoying A Dog Show, Rare Breeds

Earlier this month, I enjoyed a part of a dog show at the county fairgrounds. My work schedule didn’t permit me to visit as much as I would have liked, but on Sunday, I did get to the show for the judging of several rare breeds. One of the great things about a dog show is seeing breeds you ...

The Right Is Coming For Birth Control

Editor’s Note: Leonard Pitts is on vacation and will not file columns Friday, June 14 through Friday, June 28, 2019. The column will resume on Tuesday, July 2. We are substituting Mary Sanchez today. Surfing conservative websites, it didn’t take long to find this nugget of backward ...

Oberlin Is Forced To Check Its Privilege

If there is one thing you learn about at Oberlin College, the notoriously progressive liberal arts college, it is surely privilege: white privilege, hetero privilege, gender privilege, you name it. Now, an Ohio jury has identified an entirely new variety, woke privilege, and resolved to hold ...

Canine Companion: Do Dogs Experience Any Emotions?

Hey, guys. I love this time of the week when I am able to spend a bit of time with my own community, share stories, and share information I have learned with you. I absolutely love all the corporations I write for, but being able to have a conversation with you through my writing just as I am ...

The Good Life: Did I Die? No, But I Did Cry

I am a hypochondriac. I have been one all my life. There are two types of hypochondriacs, quiet sobbers and loud moaners. I am a card-carrying member of the loud moaner type. My six grown children confirm this. Most adult children cherish fond memories of the first words their parents said to ...

Reworking The Language Of Women

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend I’ve known for more than two decades when, twice, she prefaced her opinion with, “I feel.” The third time she shared an opinion, she began with, “I think.” “Why do you do that?” I said. “I asked for your thoughts. I know it’s you ...

The Decline In Black Education

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city’s specialized high schools have a diversity problem. He’s joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they ...

Lies The Liar Tells

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Tweets, Stock Prices And Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally. Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and there’s growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making ...

Flying Solo: The Maine Event

There are still quite a few places in the United States that I have yet to pay a visit and plan on seeing before covering the rest of the globe. This past weekend I decided to check Maine off that list and explore the coastal towns of Bar Harbor, Hancock, Acadia and Portland with my friend ...

Biden Joining Dems In Left Field

Editor’s Note: Michelle Malkin is off this week. The following is by Betsy McCaughey. Nineteen Democrats running for president took the stage in Iowa on Sunday to woo voters. It was a circus of left-wingers going bonkers for things most Americans don’t want. The front-runners back ...