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Barone: A fail-safe society is sure to fail

When are we going to trust our fellow Americans again? When are we going to allow qualified individuals with responsibility to make decisions without consulting detailed rulebooks and formal procedures? Those are questions New York lawyer and author Philip K. Howard (one of whose books is ...

Guest opinion: Being a burden

People are problematic. All people. We all need to be fed, clothed, get exercise, use the restroom, brush our teeth, etc., etc., etc. — forever. All of these things can cause inconvenience for ourselves and others. But if your work is in the hospitality industry, it’s helpful to at least ...

Napolitano: The CIA wants more power to spy on Americans!

Americans need to be aware of the unbridled propensity of federal intelligence agencies to spy on all of us without search warrants as required by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These agencies believe that the Fourth Amendment — which protects the individual right to privacy ...

Charen: The GOP is the party of Putin

"Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it's infected a good chunk of my party's base." That acknowledgement from Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was echoed a few days later by Michael Turner, the chairman of ...

Harrop: The anti-abortion right is not into compromise

Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was sold as a sensible and mollifying approach to the abortion controversy. It would let each state ban or codify a right to abortion in accordance with local culture. This assumed that the end of a constitutional right to abortion was the victory after which ...

Stossel: A ban on freelance work

The Labor Department just imposed 300 pages of new regulations to reclassify many individual contractors as payroll employees. CNBC claims this could help freelancers "recover lost wages." That's just nonsense. The new rules will make it harder for some freelancers to support a family. My ...

Stiehm: A solar eclipse for the common good

I left the house at high noon. Outdoors, Washington dressed in light spring green with splashes of pink cherry trees. The sun shone, no cloud cover. We earthlings had our eyes on the sky, from Texas to Maine. A solar eclipse was landing. That was the path of "totality," a harmonic convergence ...

Johnston: Scientists among us

My working life is housed within a kind of carnival of scientists. Take, for example, Carie, often seen from a distance walking off into the horizon and wading into Great Salt Lake to visit and check in on specimens. Part rock and part goo, the microbiological colonies she studies reside in ...

McCaughey: Teach migrant children English – bilingual ed is a scam

New York City, Denver, Chicago and other cities are urgently recruiting bilingual education teachers as the children of migrants enroll in school. Bilingual ed will doom most of these kids to failure. All too often it's an educational ghetto, producing dropouts who can't speak English and face ...