Another Viewpoint

Getting easier being green

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

Trump wants socialism for the rich, harsh capitalism for the rest

“America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. In the conservative mind, socialism ...

Jeff Bezos pushes back

WASHINGTON – Jeff Bezos, said to be the world’s richest man and owner of The Washington Post, has accused the gossip-mongering National Enquirer of attempted extortion by personally outing himself, revealing details from his own extramarital affair rather than allowing the Enquirer to smear ...

Some answers on mating

Science Cafe New Hampshire usually presents conversations about cool things, ideas and possibilities. Concrete things like the science of 3D printing, electric cars, telemedicine and beer. This month’s topic comes closer to home and asks us to explore the often confusing and sometimes ...

Great nations – like the U.S. – don’t quit wars before they prevail

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, “I do not support the idea of endless war.” Just a few days before Trump’s ...

Government should not be for sale

The problem is – it is because current state law allows it to be. It has recently been reported Gov. Chris Sununu’s 2016 Inaugural Committee paid out some hefty sums personally to the governor as well as his sister and political operatives, including a registered lobbyist. In fact, the ...

Schultz calling Dems out

WASHINGTON – Democrats are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help reelect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz is ...

Not a realistic policy

Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall the other night – not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked on Monday night if the “Medicare-for-all” plan that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie ...

Redistribute the pain

Greetings from Albuquerque. As these words are written, it is Thursday morning and I am in New Mexico to promote my new novel, “The Last Thing You Surrender.” I have to be back home before Monday to teach a class. If my return flight were canceled because, say, the TSA went on strike, ...

An early epidemic

WASHINGTON – In the first days of January 1960, Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declared his candidacy for president, nearly a year before the actual balloting. This year, at least half a dozen hopefuls have already signed on for what promises to be an exhausting and costly ...

Dems have their Thatcher

WASHINGTON – Margaret Thatcher’s description of herself as a “conviction politician” alarmed some Britons but delighted others because her convictions were incompatible with the flaccid centrist consensus that had produced their nation’s 1970s stagnation. In 1979, voters rolled the ...

Parental choice is vital

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring this week, Jan. 20-26, as National School Choice Week. The proclamation expresses concern about performance of U.S. students in international surveys: 24th in reading; 25th in science; 40th in math. And it ascribes the cause of these ...

Not for everyone

First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood? I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: “Saying good-bye to 1225.” Our childhood home. Gone. About two ...

Trump shows leadership while Democrats pander to the resistance

WASHINGTON – Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. “Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead,” Warner told the president. It’s good advice. Trump is taking it. House ...

Who benefits from Democrats’ control?

In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That’s the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It’s not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained from such unquestioning loyalty to the ...

Anti-vaxxers spread a plague of ignorance

An outbreak of measles four years ago at Disneyland focused attention on a growing health menace -- the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The threat has gone international. The World Health Organization has just named the anti-vaccination movement among the 10 biggest global ...

The government shutdown and the dismal failure of Trumponomics

One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government -- courtesy of Donald “I’m proud to shut down the government” Trump -- is its negative effect on the U.S. economy. Federal spending accounts for just over 20 percent of the total economy. When that ...

Ad continues war on men

Gillette’s latest ad, which tells men what’s wrong with them, is continued evidence that there’s a war on men in America today, and we have “woke” groups to thank, including social justice warriors, the #MeToo mob and feminists who seek to emasculate and belittle men at every ...

We are the real suckers

Drugmakers rang in the new year by raising prices on hundreds of products – American prices, that is. Americans focused on the celebrations weren’t paying attention. Allergan led the parade, hiking its prices by 10 percent on more than two dozen drugs. But note this: It didn’t raise the ...

‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’

In May 2012, at a town hall, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs. “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet. ... We got the vigor from the planet to come to ...