Talking hard habit to tame

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to plunge […]

Red not just color of holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Sports supercede healthy well-being

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Today, we’re going to administer an IQ test. One question only. Here’s the scenario. Let’s say you get hurt at home. Let’s say you cut off a favorite appendage with a hedge clipper or fall victim to the old step-on-a-rake gag. Let’s say you have chest pains, stomach cramps, bruises, […]

Being in charge question of integrity

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

Travesties won’t end until people act

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist We were in Poland talking about Africa. It seemed fitting. Last month, I joined an interfaith pilgrimage to the killing places of the Holocaust years, a handful of the sites where homosexuals were slaughtered for being homosexuals, communists for being communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses for being Jehovah’s Witnesses and, most infamously […]

Children’s language changing constantly

By Mona Charen The day is not far distant when I will not understand a word my children say. As it is, I’m moderately fluent in kid-speak, but losing ground all the time. My husband barely speaks the language at all and is often reduced to gaping at them over his morning coffee as they […]

Rather’s departure sign of change

By Helena Rodriguez One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during the 2000 […]

Make dog owners liable, not dogs

By Ned Cantwell It would be a cheap shot to say Santa Fe has gone to the dogs, but why not? Cheap shots r us. Truth is, though, our esteemed legislators have devoted an inordinate amount of time talking about their canine constituents who, since dogs have no lobbyists, will probably come out on the […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]