Cellular technology getting bigger and better

By Tom DiFrancesca Modern and emerging technology never ceases to amaze me. Just about every day I sit (or stand) with mouth agape as I read about or personally experience yet another really cool service or electronic gadget. Case in point: As I type this column, just off to the right of my keyboard sits […]

Brown v. board hasn’t solved problems

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have not looked forward to this column. To be perfectly candid, I’m only writing it because I feel obligated. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that ended the doctrine of “separate but equal” and helped shatter American apartheid. What else is […]

U.S. ambassador must try to build a nation in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has appointed veteran diplomat John Negroponte, now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be the ambassador to Iraq, heading what is slated to be the largest U.S. embassy in the world, with 3,000 employees. His job, which will in some ways be more like nation-building than traditional diplomacy, will […]

Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

Bush administration manipulates facts

Leonard Pitts Jr. Two plus two — I have this on good authority — equals four. So how do you feel about that? Do you support that interpretation or do you think it should be changed? Yes, I know. You’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Well, asking that question tells me something about you. […]

Bush faltering in explanations for Iraq agression

Freedom Newspapers Even the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for the first President Bush and seldom passes up a chance to praise the current one, thought George W. Bush did poorly in the “Meet the Press” interview Sunday with Tim Russert. She put it down to a lack of facility at sticking […]

Endangered Species Act needs overhaul

What’s the difference between a ferruginous pygmy owl living in Arizona and a ferruginous pygmy owl living just across the border in Sonora, Mexico? And no, south-of-the-border birds do not wear tiny sombreros. If you answered, “nothing,” you’ve just shown more common sense than the geniuses in Washington who wrote and passed the Endangered Species […]

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

By Thomas Sowell Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed on you and your doctor or to have “universal” health care? Or do […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]

Regional lines tend to blur

By Clyde Davis Back in the 1960s, there was a TV wrestler by the name of Dawn Eagle. This fellow, a large, powerful American Indian with a Mohawk haircut, was one of the “good guys,” as were Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino. These wrestlers, however, were not the same combatants who thrilled fans […]