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Mark Finney: Welcoming refugees is what made America great

Stories like Elise’s remind us that we must continue to stand for and with refugees and immigrants in our community, advocating for compassionate, common-sense policies.


Froma Harrop: Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires …


Tom Toles

Cartoon for August 11.


Megan McArdle: The private musings and short fuse of Elon Musk

Tesla’s Elon Musk’s recent Twitter stylings indicate that he is getting rattled by persistent investor skepticism about a money-burning, never-profitable enterprise with a market cap of about $60 billion.


Dana Milbank: Trump, down three touchdowns at halftime, declares victory

This is a grim moment for President Trump and his fellow Republicans. A Trump-boosting Republican member of Congress has been indicted on charges of insider trading – from the White …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for August 10.


Letter: Cannon’s Addition residents helpful, kind during search for missing pet cat

Recently a cat named Phoenix went missing in the area of Cannon’s Addition. My friends and I have been searching for her for several days. Even though we haven’t found …


Letter: Congratulations for wedding engagement

Thank you for sharing your joy with us over Sam and Ryan’s happy news (“Front Porch: Wedding plans are happy news for mother,” column by Stefanie Pettit, Aug. 2 in …


Letter: Articles on ‘Nana’s garden,’ ‘Shifting gears’ wonderful stories

Hello, I just finished reading “Things in Nana’s Garden” and “Shifting Gears” (Stories by Cindy Hval, Aug. 2 in Voice sections).


Letter: ‘Cheers to the lucky lads and to their families too’

Thank you for writing about your son’s upcoming nuptials and the proposal that preceeded it. It’s beautiful when two people find that kind of enduring, committed love. As a mom …


Michael Gerson: Trump is ‘everyone-does-it’ presidency

By any reasonable standard, Donald Trump has publicly attempted obstruction of justice. He has also admitted that his presidential campaign attempted collusion with a foreign power. And he has asserted …


A carbon tax could be a time bomb for the left

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a lot of twitting from the right over her recent performance on “The Daily Show,” when host Trevor Noah interviewed the left-wing political neophyte likely to …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for August 9.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for August 8.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for August 7.


Sen. Chuck Grassley: I’m ready to work to confirm Kavanaugh. I invite Democrats to join me.

A good judge is more than someone who simply understands the law. The job requires a keen intellect and an ability to appreciate multiple sides of complex issues. It requires …


Clarence Page: QAnon: When reality is just too much

“Reality is for people who can’t handle drugs,” according to an old hippie slogan from the ’60s. Today I would update that line to say that reality is for people …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for August 6.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Bigot shocked to find there are consequences for his actions

Jeffrey Whitman feels he got a raw deal. It’s true that Whitman, a contractor in central Ohio, has had a rough last few days. His life, he says, has been …


Ann Carlson and Cara Horowitz: Trump begins his biggest assault yet on the environment

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed repeal of stringent vehicle emissions standards is the agency’s biggest assault on public health and the environment yet. The proposal would worsen climate change – …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for August 5.


Ramesh Ponnuru: The new health care debate divides the right

America’s health-care debate is entering a new phase. Liberals, inspired by self-described socialists such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won the Democratic primary in New …


Marc A. Thiessen: The Clinton campaign sought dirt on Trump from Russian officials. Where’s the outrage?

All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, “Exhibit A” …


W. Stacey Cowles: Retail woes, tariffs mean big change for newspapers, subscribers

In the last year, print subscriptions across the country are up 25 percent to 100 percent depending on your rate. Outrageous, but based on simple economics.


Trump administration’s lowering of capital gains taxes would deliver a fat pay packet to donors

I’m sure the Trump administration’s latest really bad tax idea – indexing capital gains for inflation, a cut that delivers 86 percent of its benefits to the top 1 percent …


Jeremy Field: 65 years of powering the American Dream: U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates 65 years

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Small Business Act on July 30, 1953, creating the U.S. Small Business Administration, little did he know the lasting impact the agency would …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for August 4.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for August 3.


Kathleen Parker: Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters

Thank God for Uncle Rudy. You know Rudy – the eccentric, sometimes batty, uncle who lives in the attic? One thing about Rudy, he always seems to know when family …


Webb Scott Brown: DEQ’s Hecla decision stymies responsible economic development

Our family ranch near Trout Creek at one time included an old mine off the southern end of Goat Peak Ridge. The prospectors at the time never “struck it rich.” …