In wake of flooding, Congress should skip the drama and get to work

Ordinary citizens with extraordinary community spirit have been a bright light amid the dark clouds and devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in Tex...

August 31st, 2017 |  


Ryan can be good Catholic while supporting free enterprise

At a nationally televised town hall last week, Paul Ryan was asked how he upholds the Catholic Church’s teaching that we should help the poor. R...

August 30th, 2017 |  


Two President Trumps: Can both be real?

The waning days of a long, hot, tumultuous summer are no time to make lasting political judgments.But they are a good time to offer some passing polit...

August 30th, 2017 |  



Harvey reveals the better side of a divided America

Even hurricanes have a silver lining: The downpour washes away a lot of bull.Don’t get me wrong. This is a tragedy for untold thousands of peopl...

August 30th, 2017 |  


Healing hands

Healing hands

The walls of the room where I am lying are lined with symbols I have never seen. They remind me of Egyptian hieroglyphics, but they are different, mor...

August 29th, 2017 |  


A black daughter of the Confederacy corrects history

As monuments to the Confederacy are swept away from public spaces, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the president of the United States have been fret...

August 29th, 2017 |  


The yearslong recovery from Hurricane Harvey

The scale of flooding in the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey is hard to imagine, and the images of suffering are horrifying to behold. In...

August 29th, 2017 |  


The global obesity epidemic

The global obesity epidemic

The obesity epidemic used to be an American thing. Either it’s highly contagious or everybody else in the world is doing more of whatever we hav...

August 28th, 2017 |  


Then vs. now: Dropping kids off at college

I was on a college campus last week, and saw vehicles unloading new students. It made me nostalgic.Then I realized if parents were recalling that mile...

August 28th, 2017 |  


Green water in your garden pond

Green water in your garden pond

Summer is the most challenging time of year for pond and water feature enthusiasts. Keeping pond water clear and clean in 90 degree heat with sixteen ...

August 28th, 2017 |