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Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic

In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be a consensus: The Supreme Court is an undemocratic institution whose power should be carefully circumscribed.The right has long been of this view, and the left is suddenly and ...

Congress needs to take responsiblity for federal spending

The Government Accountability Office has once again warned Congress that the federal government's current fiscal trajectory is "unsustainable."In a report submitted to Congress on June 21, the GAO notes the federal deficit has continued to grow every year in the last few years. In fiscal year ...

Trump needs to go deeper in questioning NATO’s blank check

U.S. President Donald Trump limbered up in the bullpen for his meeting with NATO alliance leaders this week by riffing on one of his favorite themes: getting ripped off."I'm going to tell NATO: You've got to start paying your bills," Trump said earlier this week, suggesting that he'll be ...

Dads Needed

Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles.But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism."I don't agree with the part of feminism that ...

Thumbs Up

<em>Each week the Standard-Examiner hashes out issues large and small and takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down stance. Have a thumbs-up or thumbs-down you’d like to give? Email a submission of 100 words or less to jmccabe@standard.net.</em><em>Here’s what ...

Slavery: What They Didn’t Teach in My High School

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.Arab slavers took more ...

Abortion and the Constitution

As we enter into what surely will be another contentious confirmation process for a new Supreme Court justice, let's consider underlying realities that deeply divide us and make it so hard to agree about how our Constitution should be interpreted and applied.The Declaration of Independence lays ...

Ensuring a safe summer

Summer is meant to be a time for family, friends, fun and relaxing. However, as several recent events have shown, it also can quickly turn into a time of tragedy, which is why safety must be paramount in all outdoor activities.On Wednesday, authorities recovered the body of Weber School ...

America at 242: A Nation of Self-Imposed Segregation

A recent editorial cartoon by artist Gary Varvel features what appears to be a biracial couple at the maitre d' podium at an upscale restaurant. The pompous-looking greeter's line has stuck in my mind ever since I saw the cartoon in my local newspaper: "Dinner for two ... liberal or ...

When Abortion Becomes a Sacrament

This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and ...