National Commentary

Afghanistan is a bottomless pit for U.S.

President Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid “foreign ...

Our nation is divided by identity politics, radical rhetoric

Every generation has its own axe to grind, attitudes to assume and enemies to attack. It’s the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes without. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image. Action and reaction can be creative as well as ...

Trump need not look far for guidance on N. Korean diplomacy

President Trump has become a one man show. This really shows up in his foreign policy. The sign of a true leader is when that person surrounds himself with the best he can find. No one person knows it all. Escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea have dominated headlines ...

Fueling the drug epidemic

More New Hampshire residents will die from opioid overdoses than car accidents in 2017 and the two statistics are no longer even close to each other. The “Live free or die” state now has the second highest rate of drug overdoses in the country, trailing only West Virginia, the well-known ...

What the world needs now

Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don’t wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column’s creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from education to ...

The president is not the enemy, the Establishment is

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily – make that hourly, even minute by ...

Americans micro-chipped in the land of the free

Just a short time ago, some of us born in the land of the free and the home of the brave were horrified by a sci-fi nightmare that we were told would never, ever happen: That someday, Americans would eagerly allow their wise corporate masters ­- and eventually their government overlords ...

Shall the U.S. fight them all?

Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry. Unless we believe Kim is a suicidal madman, his goal seems clear. He wants what every ...

Fiscal irresponsibility a product of partisan politics

Gov. Chris Sununu and our friends in the Republican majority chose a partisan path for the budget, one even former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has praised. Gov. Sununu’s partisan Republican budget spends tens of millions more now and hundreds of millions more in the future on additional tax ...

How to stop Kim Jong Un

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

The impeachment battle

American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached. No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the House with anything like a comfortable ...

Firearms plus children equals potential tragedy

Summertime is upon us, the season when out-of-school kids are frequently left alone in the house. Here’s a question for all parents and grandparents out there: Do you have guns in your home? According to a new report from the Children’s National Hospital, 20,000 American children – yes, ...

Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

Milking victims’ emotions

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

Trump’s ongoing demolition derby with the press

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest - and to his supporters - most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump ...

The White House bubble

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail. The White House may be in chaos; Congress may be struggling to deliver on a promised rewrite of Obamacare; our NATO allies may be wondering whether they can still count on the U.S. to defend them; the Russians may be so emboldened they've parked a ...

Where in the world are all the liberal Democrats?

What happened to liberal Democrats, and their concerns about civil liberties and government surveillance of American citizens? Liberals once hated the CIA. And they loved the Russians. Yeah, you can look it up. And their liberal friends in liberal Hollywood made movie after movie about the ...

Is the left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are ...

New direction is needed with public schools system

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times ...

The problem we all live with

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when federal marshals escorted her through a screaming crowd of angry white adults so that she could be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, ...