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Articles by Ed Feulner

In this June 7, 2013, photo, the placid meadows and hills of Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpburg, Md., are a contrast with the Civil War violence that once raged across this land. So consuming is the serenity at Antietam that it can seduce you into ignoring the story of the mayhem that unfolded here on Sept. 17, 1862. (AP Photo/Cal Woodward)

Salary suspicions

Let's face it. When it comes to historical markers and monuments, especially ones related to the Civil War, we hear more about destruction than dedication these days. Published September 18, 2017

Illustration on U.S. vigilance against terrorism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Preventing another 9/11

How appropriate that this year's Sept. 11 anniversary should occur as Hurricane Irma continued to wreak havoc in Florida. Published September 11, 2017

Demonstrators sharing opposing views argue during a rally Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fighting for free speech

As a new academic year gets underway on many campuses, it's a good time to ask: What's the purpose of school? Is it education, or indoctrination? Published September 4, 2017

Giving tax cuts a fighting chance

Will a returning Congress be able to deliver some much-needed tax relief to the American people? It seems simple enough, but so is Obamacare repeal, and lawmakers have (so far) managed to bungle that. Published August 28, 2017

This photo March 22, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

IRS has rehired disgraced employees

Would you hire someone who had falsified documents or been convicted of theft? Probably not. But then again, you're not the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Published August 21, 2017

A THAAD missile being launched       Associated Press photo

Toward a more muscular missile defense

An air of fatalism surrounds much of the coverage of the escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States. If Pyongyang launched a missile at us or at one of our allies, the feeling goes, we could do nothing but brace ourselves for catastrophic damage and loss of life. Published August 14, 2017

Illustration on continuing efforts to dismantle Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The prognosis for repeal of Obamacare

For more than seven years, Republican lawmakers, including President Trump, campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare. Published July 31, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. lead Congressional Democrats to a news conference to unveil their new agenda, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Berryville, Va. House and Senate Democrats are offering a retooled message and populist agenda, promising to working Americans "someone has your back."  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Americans: Optimistic no more?

"The present is getting better. The future, not at all." So begins a recent New York Times article about a Pew study that shows the public adopting a rather dim outlook. "Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about their children's financial prospects," it continues. Published July 24, 2017

Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona is defending its decision to place pro-abstinence, anti-abortion stickers in its biology textbooks, following complaints from pro-choice parents. (Twitter/@suzanne_young)

What's up and what's down in American culture

Say you want to know which direction the numbers in the U.S. are heading when it comes to welfare dependency. Or you're curious about the divorce rate, or how bad teen drug use is. Or you're wondering about unemployment or what the high-school graduation rate is. Published July 17, 2017

Reversing the rout in our readiness

With overall federal budget expanding steadily year after year, you'd think not one category of spending has had to suffer. Surely everything that can be funded has all the money it could want or need -- and then some. Published July 10, 2017

Kids, flags and a small town Independence Day parade rolls down Main Street in Eagar, Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The unity of America

Despite our many differences, Americans have always come together every Independence Day to celebrate our national birthday. Which is truly fitting. From the nation's beginnings, our leaders have warned that strength can be found only in unity. Published July 3, 2017

Illustration on draining the Washington swamp by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The high cost of waiting to drain the swamp

"Drain the swamp!" It was the battle cry of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Many Republican members of Congress echoed that call as well, riding it to victory -- and control of both legislative chambers. Published June 26, 2017

Illustration on elements of the American dream by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The American Dream, alive and well

Almost any time you see the phrase "the American Dream" these days, it seems to be in a negative context. The speaker is either assuring us that it's dead or that it can be salvaged only by a radical redefinition -- one that often contradicts the basic principles this country was founded on. Published June 19, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The bureaucrat behind the curtain

"Pay no attention to that man behind that curtain!" The Wizard of Oz had a good reason for trying to distract Dorothy when his true identity was revealed in the 1939 classic film. The last thing he wanted was for her to figure how things really operated. Published June 12, 2017

In this March 22, 2017 photo, soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division clear a corner during a live fire training exercise on March 22 on Fort Bragg, N.C. The training was in preparation for a coming deployment to Afghanistan. (Shane Dunlap /The Fayetteville Observer via AP) **FILE**

Giving terrorists no quarter

Chances are, you heard plenty about the latest terrorist attacks in Britain. But the chances that you heard about the most recent attack in Afghanistan -- in which a suicide truck bomber set off his deadly payload in rush-hour traffic near the German embassy in Kabul -- are much lower. Why? Published June 5, 2017

In this Monday, May 22, 2017, photo, a woman laborer pacifies her child while cleaning a manhole on a sidewalk in Mumbai, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty and many of them migrate to big cities in search of a livelihood. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Searching for self-reliance

When conservatives call for Congress to cut federal spending and shrink the size of government, they're often portrayed as heartless. Published May 29, 2017

In this April 28, 2017 photo, Aimee Gomez, a recruiter for "maquiladora" assembly plants in Reynosa, Mexico helps Juan Luis Alvarado de la Rosa fill out a job application in an industrial park, across the border from McAllen, Texas. President Donald Trump has said NAFTA was "a catastrophic trade deal for the United States," but the reality is far more complicated, especially at the border where communities are enmeshed in a shared economy. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)

Taming the budget tiger

We're used to hearing politicians vow to cut spending. We're also used to them not following through. Published May 22, 2017