Honored dead, religious liberty and the death penalty: The week in review

Some weeks there’s just too much going on to pick one topic. With North Korea returning Americans’ remains, the federal government launching a “religious liberty” task force and the Pope denouncing the death penalty, it has been such a week. A return long overdue Last Friday, North Korea returned 55 sets of human remains believed to … Continue reading Honored dead, religious liberty and the death penalty: The week in review

Peace should not be a partisan preference

I don’t much like our president. That’s no secret. But, I do favor peace. I support ending old animosities and preventing unnecessary conflict, and any initiatives to bring prosperity and freedom to the oppressed. For that reason, I applaud our president for his efforts to open dialogue with Kim Jong-un. I pray our nations achieve … Continue reading Peace should not be a partisan preference

Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

  I return to the issue of Korea for two reasons. First, in my column last week I erred by pandering to passion at the expense of substance. Second, several readers raised a fair point: If I’m going to criticize, I should offer alternatives. I strive to do that (within my editor’s stingy budget for column … Continue reading Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego

Donald Trump’s mental instability, pugnacity and insatiable ego assumed new heights of treachery this week, with the president taking to Twitter to once again threaten nuclear war. The fragility and cupidity of the president’s ego should be no surprise. And, his preoccupation with, let’s just say the size of things, also is nothing new. These … Continue reading Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego