Nothing wrong with taking credit

America or Germany or any other country is often praised for superior achievements while individual Americans or Germans need to show humility lest they be deemed braggarts. Even in sports such as tennis, where there’s a dominance of individual performance, taking credit for doing well is rare. Either bona fide or feigned humility appear to […]

Different lessons often learned from history

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist BERLIN — My apartment here, located in a leafy neighborhood on the outskirts of town, overlooks Wannsee, an idyllic lake that has been frozen over for much of the winter. From my balcony, on a typical day, you can see the ice dotted with people strolling, bicycling, walking dogs, or […]

Earl Robinson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Earl Robinson Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1925 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: […]

J. W. “Mac” McDonald

Sharna Johnson After spending 30 days in the English Channel onboard ship waiting for the Germans to surrender… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. J. W. “Mac” McDonald Dates of […]

Pope could restore home country’s image

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist There has not been a pope from Germany for nearly 1,000 years, and plenty of people in Britain could have waited another 1,000. After Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected, one newspaper blared, “From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi,” and other tabloids trumpeted his nicknames, which include “God’s Rottweiler” and the […]

U.S. needs to stay and finish job in Iraq

By Mona Charen The bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad drives home the point that terrorism is the modern face of evil. What purpose, other than sowing misery, is furthered by murdering those who are trying to run hospitals, distribute food and provide school supplies? One does hope that the apologists — those who […]