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Hillary Clinton (Associated Press)

A bad season for the experts

A year ago the chattering class was in unanimous agreement that Donald Trump's candidacy was a joke, and a bad one, ameliorated by the "fact" that there was no way he could win the Republican nomination. The smart guys were just as convinced that Hillary Clinton would dispatch her challengers early to get ready for her coronation in Philadelphia. Published June 9, 2016

The Supreme Court in Washington is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The impossible green dream

It's great to have a cause, and almost any will do so long as it's neither caustic nor quixotic. Environmental extremists have a cause that has been, at one time or another, both. Enlisting the power of the federal government to impose a "green" agenda and rob property owners of the use of their land has threatened the well-being of law-abiding Americans. Published June 8, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A panicked rush to the life boats

Hysteria is rarely pretty and never reassuring, and the hysterics never achieve what they think losing their heads will accomplish. No one wants a surgeon to throw up his hands in disgust if he drops his scalpel, or an airline pilot who runs screaming from the cockpit when the plane encounters severe turbulence. Published June 8, 2016

Still sanctuary for war criminals

In "The long reach of justice" (Web, June 6) Andrew Nagorski contends that the recent war-crimes conviction of former Chad President Hissene Habre demonstrates that "now there is no sanctuary" for war criminals, "no matter how far they run [o]r how long they elude justice." Published June 8, 2016

Obama's willful ignorance

I read with great interest James Zumwalt's recent op-ed, "Obama's Nordic nonsense" (Web, June 7). The piece relates President Obama's recent comment that if Nordic countries controlled the world, "they could clean things up." Published June 8, 2016

Ethic cleansing delayed

Some of the Justice Department's ethically challenged lawyers got a reprieve Monday from having to go back to school for a refresher course in ethics. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen apparently wants them to repeat Truth-telling 101, which is useful but only an elective in most law schools. But there's a risk in telling deliberate fibs, stretchers, and lies to certain judges. Published June 7, 2016

Donald Trump said the press had treated him unfairly, treating his attack on the judge as an attack on all Mexicans and Hispanics. (Associated Press)

The point Trump should have made

Donald Trump paints with a broad brush that soils the target of his invective, others in the general proximity — and himself. His comment that a judge cannot fairly adjudicate a lawsuit against him because he's of Mexican heritage is evidence of a tongue out of control. Published June 7, 2016

Obama's misdirected energy

As reported in The Washington Times, 11 states are suing the federal government over the Obama administration's mandate that all public schools offer gender-neutral access to bathrooms, locker rooms and even shower areas ("11 states sue Obama administration over federal transgender school-bathroom directive," Web, May 25). Published June 7, 2016

The Clinton-Trump tragicomedy

I am a registered independent voter and am hoping I will soon awaken from a bad dream that is rapidly turning into a nightmare. We have two candidates running for president of the United States of America. One is currently undergoing a criminal investigation by the FBI, and the other seems to be caught up in a Twitter obsession as he sits on his golden throne each morning tweeting anything that comes into his head. Published June 7, 2016

"Earth" is a movie composed of re-edited clips from the 11-part BBC/Discovery Channel miniseries "Planet Earth." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The inevitability of human ingenuity

A cursory scan of the news suggests that the breadth and depth of troubles that bedevil humanity worsens with the passage of time. It's hard not to be discouraged by the "wars and rumors of wars" that the Bible says will be with us always. But gloomy headlines don't tell the whole story. The human condition has improved over time, even if it doesn't attract much attention. It's cause for celebration, or at least an occasional attitude of gratitude. Published June 6, 2016

Stop muzzling climate dissenters

Overlooked in the controversy about the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 is the fact that truth is not possible in science ("California Senate sidelines bill to prosecute climate change skeptics," Web, June 2). Scientific hypotheses, and even scientific theories, are not knowledge — they are educated opinions based on interpretations of observations. Thus they can be, and often are, wrong. Published June 6, 2016

Clinton the dangerous one

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has ironically criticized Republican rival Donald Trump by declaring him unfit and a danger to America if elected. This from a person who has already demonstrated her lack of credentials to be commander in chief of this nation. Published June 6, 2016

A United Nations flag (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy blacklist

The word "Orwellian" was coined by George Orwell in his masterwork "1984" to describe the propaganda society, where up is down and down is up, and anyone who notices the absurdity is politically incorrect. Some people have noticed, however, that the present day resembles 1984. The Orwellians are the masters of deceit, often enforced by violence that cowers those it does not kill. Published June 6, 2016

Hold Ryan accountable

Say it isn't so. In this awful time for our nation, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has made things worse, demonstrating that he is just another politician rather than a man of character, decency and principle ("Donald Trump picks up Paul Ryan's vote as GOP coalesces behind standard-bearer," Web, June 2). Published June 5, 2016

California men, vote Sanders

Nationally, Hillary Clinton faces an enormous gender gap among supporters. Men vote ABC ('anybody but Clinton), but team Hillary professes not to understand why. Well, here is why: Men appear to have finally awakened to the reality that four more years of President Obama's identity-and- gender politics are not in their best interests. Published June 5, 2016

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Concord Community High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Working in America

Barack Obama traveled to Indiana last week to hold a pep rally about an economy that doesn't have much pep. He raised a few halfhearted cheers but it wasn't clear, exactly, what country he was talking about. Published June 5, 2016

Vote, prevent repeat of history

On Memorial Day we honored those who gave their last full measure, and it seems not too much to ask that we conduct ourselves in a way worthy of their sacrifice. Yet some Republicans are acting like spoiled children ('If I can't be captain I'll take my ball and go home'). Published June 2, 2016

Socialism deserves no credit

"U.S. drops from first to third in global competitiveness ranking" (Web, May 31) fails to mention the fact that under President Obama's socialist agenda, businesses have been treated poorly — often to the point of being forced into bankrupcy under federally mandated decisions. Published June 2, 2016

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address to the Air Force Class of 2016, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

News from the latrine orderly

President Obama is suddenly tired of being the nation's permanent latrine orderly. He insists, against all the evidence, that he didn't ask for the job and he doesn't understand why everyone thinks he wants to monitor the soap and toilet paper in the nation's toilets. Published June 2, 2016