College courses sign of poor education

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist Colleges and universities will start their fall semester soon. You might be interested in what parents’ and taxpayers’ money is going for at far too many “institutions of higher learning.” At Occidental College in Los Angeles, a mandatory course for some freshmen is “The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie.” It’s […]

Bush shouldn’t accept blame for nature

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist President Bush, in his post-Hurricane Katrina address to the nation, said, “And to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.” Accepting the blame for the federal response is one thing, but I hope he doesn’t shoulder the blame for the hurricane itself. […]

Blame game only brings shame to players

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Everyone, no one to blame for Sept. 11

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Not to trivialize a serious matter, but the hearings of the Sept. 11 commission have begun to remind me of one of Smokey Robinson’s less famous hits. It’s called “Who’s Gonna Take the Blame.” Over the last month, the men and women in the hot seat have spent as much […]

Actions speak louder than false apologies

Mona Charen The president was asked at least four times at his press conference whether he wanted to take the opportunity to apologize for the 9/11 attacks. It was the press corps in full baying mode Apologies and blame are the themes of the week. On apologies, let’s be aware that many are pure theater. […]

Bush has not politicized, but challenged science

Editorial Accusations leveled last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists that the Bush administration is politicizing science opened audacious new frontiers in hypocrisy. That’s not only a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but it turns reality on its head. Perhaps no group in history has done more to politicize science than […]

Credit, not blame, laid for 500th column

Bob Huber Today celebrates an historic event as memorable as the first three-day federal holiday or the research paper by a German professor named Waldseemuller who snubbed the myth of Christopher Columbus and declared Newark, N.J., was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci, thus labeling us “Damned Yankees” forever. What I’m talking about, without running up flags […]

Letters to the Editor 8/31

Con game leaves Clovis couple steamed A man approached my parents in June about painting their house. He seemed decent enough and professional enough, so after he provided them with his personal information and construction license number, they decided to give him the job. My unsuspecting mother gave this man a $300 check for supplies […]