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America’s Second Civil War

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the ...

Is The Party Of Lincoln Now The Party Of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, ...

Gallstone After Gallbladder Surgery Puzzles Reader

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with Gilbert syndrome after I had a blockage of my common bile duct and became jaundiced. This was three months after I had my gallbladder removed (via an open surgery). How was it possible for me to develop a stone after the surgery? Was the Gilbert syndrome ...

Director’s Column: Staying Social Can Be Very Beneficial

Social isolation is a growing epidemic in society that can have dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. The percentage of adults who say they are lonely has doubled since the 1980’s from 20 to 40 percent. Twenty-nine percent of adults 65 years of age and older live alone and half of ...

To Move Our Nation Forward, Lift Up America’s Founding Ideals

In the decade leading up to America’s War for Independence, much of the drama took place in and around Boston. Sam Adams was the ringleader on the colonial side and public enemy number one to the British. He had been thinking about liberty and independence since he attended Harvard decades ...

Family Would Rather Punish Than Praise Recovering Addict

DEAR ABBY: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I’m clumsy) or just don’t want to be around people, I get questioned, yelled at, accused, etc. Abby, they ...

The Art Of The Big Lie

Politics at times is the art of the Big Lie. That thought reared its head when I saw articles about a bunch of congress people recently. They had called a big press conference. To announce how they were getting behind the idea of the $15 minimum wage for all Americans. These politicians ...

Beware The Boogeyman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tyrants need a war. Looking back over the past hundred years one finds that tyrants come to power in conflict and remains in power largely due to conflict. It centers the populace, distracting them from other societal challenges to include their civil ...

A Modest Proposal

Readers familiar with English literature will recognize the title and realize that it has been used before, originally appearing as the title of a satiric essay written and published by Jonathan Swift in 1729. In Swift’s day that essay was, as is often true of satire, controversial. Before ...

Charlottesville: Trump Is Fighting An Impossible Battle He Thinks He Can Win

I don’t often, in fact very rarely, speak publicly about politics. I live by a standard that there are a handful of topics you should simply keep to yourself — unless of course you have the energy and are prepared to debate. Politics is one of those topics. Sure, among friends I’ll ...

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Probably one of the things we’ve all done periodically in our lives is see something happen, or be involved with something, take a quick look around, maybe see somebody do something, or react to something in a manner which we may think is wrong, and probably be way off base as to what really ...

Photo by Susan Crossett

Little Green

One of my (day)dreams is to get organized. When that happens, near the top of that list is to do a column on birds here, now disappearing or already gone. Certainly one for that list would be the Green Heron. Audubon and others including my CD of bird calls refer to this as the Green-Backed ...

Those Little Interlinking Blocks

Would you believe there is even a theme park for Legos? I have not personally visited there but I have read about it. The largest Lego models I have seen were in a toy store in New York City. The large dinosaur was very impressive. I clicked pictures here and there to document the size of the ...

How Bananas Are Helping Bats

In an age where society’s problems seem insolvably complex, it’s nice to hear progress is being made in one of North America’s gloomiest wildlife tales. White-Nose Syndrome has wiped out millions of bats in the northeast, and as it continues its march west and south in the U.S. and ...

Whaddya Mean, I Have A Left Beer?

I have always loved malapropisms. A malapropism is the unintended use of a similar-sounding but distinctly different word in a given situation, usually leading to confusion seasoned with hilarity. Next to puns, malapropisms are one of my favorite twists on this beloved English language of ...

Is The American Empire Worth The Price?

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the ...

Thigh Muscle Pain Not Necessarily Due To Statin Use

DEAR DR. ROACH: I think I may have polymyositis. My thigh muscles (specifically, the lateral muscles) are weak and achy. I take a statin, and I don’t like what I read about them. — L.P. ANSWER: Statins indeed can cause muscle aches in some people who take them. In clinical trials, about 5 ...

Google Burns A Heretic

James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, ...

Girlfriend Urges More Pushback Against Disapproving Parents

DEAR ABBY: I am in an interracial relationship with a guy whose parents don’t support our being together because I’m from a different race and culture than he is. Our countries of origin were antagonistic in the past. When his parents tell him to break off relations with me, he listens ...

Trump’s Deadly Ego Trip

Mark Shields is off. The following is a column by Joe Conason. Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would ‘’take care of everybody’’ with a ‘’beautiful’’ new system that insures all Americans, regardless ...