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Ed Feulner

Ed Feulner

Articles by Ed Feulner

Thanksgiving dinner. (Associated Press)

Restoring a sense of gratitude

Many Americans still believe in this nation's enduring principlesIt's easy, alas, for our gratitude to become perfunctory -- more something we say than something we feel. But take it from someone who has traveled to many countries: A look at what some people around the globe endure can make your appreciation genuine. Published November 23, 2015

Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. Associated Press Photo

Caving in to crybullies

Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances. Published November 16, 2015

Illustration on the contentious nature of political debate by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

A renewed call for Senate civility

It's billed as "the world's greatest deliberative body." But at a time when public polls routinely place the popularity of federal lawmakers in single digits, it's time to ask: What happened to the U.S. Senate? Published November 9, 2015

Rct. Wilde Lariveaux, Platoon 1066, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, provides security as his team rushes through a combat training course Aug. 26, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits sprinted, crawled and climbed through the course in teams, reinforcing the saying no one left behind. The course is part of Basic Warrior Training, held during the ninth week of boot camp, which focuses on basic field-related skills all Marines must know. The basic combat training recruits receive while on Parris Island will be broadened after boot camp during follow-on training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Lariveaux, 19, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014. Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

The declining state of the U.S. military

It seems fitting that the Heritage Foundation released its latest Index of U.S. Military Strength just before Halloween. It makes for some scary reading. Published November 2, 2015

Illustration on militarization of the EPA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Environmental Protection Army?

Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. Published October 26, 2015

Illustration on the calls from climate change believers to jail those who don't agree with their contentions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A heated debate over climate change continues

Debate. It's the hallmark of an open society. We may hold different points of view on a certain topic, but we can express those views freely, without fear of repercussions. Published October 19, 2015

Nurturing a crucial alliance

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is in Washington this week as the third of President Obama's summit trifecta with Northeast Asian leaders. She has the opportunity to address growing regional security challenges and reassert an important Korean role on the world stage. Published October 14, 2015

Illustration on government abuse of civil forfeiture laws by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When cops steal from innocent citizens

Not many people make a habit of carrying large amounts of cash around. After all, thieves could steal it. How ironic, then, that a growing threat to your money is the people you'd call if your money was stolen: the police. Published October 12, 2015

Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Pope Francis returned to the Vatican Monday at the end of a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Overlooked remarks from the 'people's pope'

To say that Pope Francis' visit to the United States drew a lot of media attention would be an understatement. The coverage was 'round-the-clock. Yet as a lifelong "cradle Catholic," educated by Jesuits, I couldn't help noticing what a remarkably incomplete, if not misleading, portrait emerged of the Holy Father. Published September 28, 2015

Illustration on the ending of the Ex-Im Bank by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing the Ex-Im Bank won't cost jobs

Let's say you've been letting your child watch too much TV. You decide, quite sensibly, to cut down on his viewing time. Think he'll realize it's for the best and take it without a fuss? Published September 21, 2015

Scamming the Banks Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trafficking in budget gimmicks

Frustrated voters sometimes denounce their representatives as "good for nothing," but are they being fair? Consider the budget gimmicks some politicians come up with. When it comes to fiscal gymnastics, who can deny their creativity? Published September 14, 2015

John Von Kannon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Von Kannon, R.I.P.

The modern conservative movement has lost one of its real heroes. John Von Kannon, "the Baron," has passed to a better place after a long struggle with cancer. Published September 9, 2015

Anti-cigarette Poster from the CDC, circa 1988. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Going to pot

A lot of things can date an old movie or TV show: clothes, furniture, cars. And another thing: cigarettes. They're all over the place in many films, markers of an era when smoking was far more common. Published September 7, 2015

Illustration on Educational Savings Accounts by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Better school choices for less

Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use them? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. Published August 31, 2015

Illustration on a remedy for rising food stamp use by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An unhealthy dependence on food stamps

Good news: The number of Americans using food stamps in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year. So why does the 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity say this indicator is headed in the "wrong direction"? Published August 24, 2015

Illustration on threats to Internet freedom by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ensuring a free and open Internet

There aren't many things we can take for granted these days, but some things really feel as though they should be a given. A free and open Internet, for example. Published August 17, 2015

Illustration on the effects of lifting financial sanctions on Iran under the Obama/Iran nuclear deal by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the Iran deal makes war more likely

Do you think opposition to the Obama administration's deal with Iran is strictly a partisan issue? Hardly. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently joined half a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives who have voiced doubts about the agreement. Published August 10, 2015

Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she rolls a joint in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing a voter-approved initiative on Thursday, making the city the only place east of the Mississippi River where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tracking the trends

Why do we follow the news? To be informed, of course. We naturally want to be aware of what's happening at home and around the world. Published August 3, 2015

Alternative delegate from Jean, La., Billy Durnley wears a large elephant buckle at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Creating a case for conservatism

Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you're a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite, or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to co-workers, you either grow a thick skin -- or learn to keep quiet. Published July 27, 2015