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Ben S. Carson

Ben S. Carson

Opinion Columnist — Internationally renowned physician Ben Solomon Carson, M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Washington Times columnist. A pediatric brain surgeon who was the first to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head, Dr. Carson has become a popular conservative figure and leader for his views on social issues and the federal government following his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, the highest civilian honor in the land. Dr. Carson has also received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations, written over 100 neurosurgical publications, and authored six best-selling books.

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Peace Through Strength Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'The Interview' is a free speech act of peace through strength

It was extremely encouraging to see the United States and Sony eventually stand up to the cyberbullying of the North Koreans by allowing the movie "The Interview" to be released in theaters around the country despite threats of retaliation. Published December 30, 2014

Illustration on Israeli optimism by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A lesson in optimism from Israel

Like many other Americans, I have always had a desire to travel to Israel and visit firsthand the many historical sites of spiritual significance. I was recently afforded the opportunity to fulfill that desire and was not disappointed. Published December 23, 2014

Blind Partisanship Donkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats’ wasteful torture report

The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was, in my opinion, a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money. Published December 16, 2014

Rift Between We and They illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The unfairness of Obamacare

Next year, when the employer mandate of Obamacare is activated, millions of Americans will be screaming in pain as their health insurance premiums skyrocket or as they lose their health insurance altogether. It will be just one more piece of the rapidly crumbling health care system that was forced upon the unsuspecting American people through political manipulation and deception. Published December 9, 2014

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ferguson destroyed itself at the urging of cruel-hearted outsiders

What is difficult to understand is the benefit that the Ferguson, Missouri, community derives from burning and looting business establishments in their own neighborhoods, especially when unemployment is already a problem. In the meantime, the outside agitators in many cases are sitting in their hotel rooms sipping wine and watching the carnage on television. Published December 2, 2014

Illegal Aliens and Illegal Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama has forgotten his official duty is to Americans

Like millions of other Americans, I appreciate the plight of billions of people throughout the world who would like nothing more than to find themselves in the United States, where they could enjoy a much higher standard of living and wonderful opportunities for advancement. It should first be considered, however, that we have millions of people already mired in dire poverty. Published November 25, 2014

Illustration on the lack of voter participation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Phoning it in on Election Day

With so much at stake, millions of Americans still did not participate in the midterm elections this week. Published November 4, 2014

Illustration on Federal spending by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America's most incurable disease is spending

I have had a fulfilling career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, which unfortunately included numerous instances where worst-case scenarios played out in the operating room. Good surgeons plan ahead for these possible events so that bad outcomes are minimized. Published October 28, 2014

Houston Preachers Censored Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Houston's First Amendment abuse

We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. Published October 21, 2014

Illustration on voter rejection of Obamacare by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A 'We the People' moment for a 'can-do' nation

It should come as no surprise to most thinking people that Wal-Mart, like many other large employers, recently announced that it would be suspending health care benefits for part-time workers. Published October 14, 2014

Ebola virus Lock Down Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to keep Ebola out of America

As the Ebola infection rate and death toll continue to rise rapidly on the African continent, many of us have become complacent with the measures we have taken to protect Americans from this deadly disease. Published October 7, 2014

Illustration on lack of political participation posing dangers to liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making our voices heard

Many recent surveys indicate that the vast majority of Americans feel that our country is moving in the wrong direction. Published September 30, 2014

Illustration on the curative foundation of education in a child's life by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Overcoming hardship to survive and thrive

We have heard much about the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., during which a young man lost his life, a community became enraged, and many differing definitions of justice emerged. All human life is precious, and we should be concerned when any life is prematurely terminated, regardless of the circumstances. Published September 23, 2014

Illustration on domestic violence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A football thug exposes a sordid NFL underbelly

The incident in which Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice savagely beat his fiance in an elevator has garnered much attention, largely because the savagery was captured on video. Published September 9, 2014

When parents and newly adult children disagree about life choices, experts advise parents to shift to a "consulting" role to maintain the relationship, since other choices (like issuing ultimatums) can result in estrangement. (Illustration by Donna Grethen)

A problem bigger than Ferguson

The international spotlight has recently been shining on Ferguson, Mo., after an 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a white police officer. Published August 26, 2014

Constitutional Big Boy Pants Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Atheists forgetting the meaning of freedom

Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. Published August 19, 2014

Illustration on the effect of high corporate taxes by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

The patriotism of prosperity

A few weeks ago, it was quite revealing — but not surprising — to hear Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew imply that corporate America should willingly pay the highest corporate-tax rates in the world as part of its "patriotic" duty. Published August 12, 2014