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Illustration on boards overseeing the police by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Are police oversight boards the best solution?

Police oversight boards, also known as civilian oversight boards or police accountability boards, have gained popularity in recent years, with a tremendous surge in the last month-and-a-half.

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, a man holds a sign during a rally to show support for Uighurs and their fight for human rights in Hong Kong. People from western China who are targets of a Chinese government crackdown say they have been threatened and harassed in the United States. Those fleeing the crackdown on the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group typically receive U.S. asylum. But Uighurs tell The Associated Press and human rights groups they still afraid amid threats aimed at them and their families back in China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

America must ease the plight of the Uighurs in China

When we discovered in 1945 the atrocities that reigned during the Holocaust, we pledged: “Never again.” Now we have a chance to act on that promise. Chinese officials are attempting to suppress the population of the Uighurs.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the "Forward Together, Building a Stronger Chicago" report from the city's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force at the South Shore Cultural Center, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Madam mayors, save the Black children

- The Washington Times

At the risk of sounding sexist, I’ve put Miss Bowser and a few other female mayors on the spot because of the violence this past holiday weekend — a weekend when family, food and fun posed what? A triple threat?

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Frederick Douglass Portrait by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What ex-slave Frederick Douglass thought of the Founding Fathers

I think that it is appropriate on this Fourth of July to ask someone who had actually been a slave to speak on their behalf. So I invoke an 1852 speech by the great civil rights leader Frederick Douglass titled, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

High school students unfurl giant banners on the steps of Tweed Court, during a rally near City Hall calling for 100 percent police-free schools and defunding the NYPD, Thursday June 25, 2020, in New York. The rally is part of a week of action from the Urban Youth Collaborative and coalition of grass roots organizations calling for police-free schools. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  **FILE**

Sanctuary cities pull the trigger on school security

- The Washington Times

The cries for police reform are justifiable, especially when the daily and nightly news constantly replay lives permanently quieted by the questionable actions of a few law enforcers. Legislating too quickly, however, could unwittingly put students, their families and school faculty at risk.

The matter of Marxism: Black Lives Matter is rooted in a soulless ideology

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken to gathering in the streets to protest racial injustice. They comprise a rainbow of color — black, white and every hue in between. The nebulous organization behind it all, Black Lives Matter, has succeeded in bringing U.S. citizens together in common cause like never before in modern times. What's not to like? Its Marxist roots, that's what.

No constitutional right to harm

We were caught flat-footed by COVID-19, as was almost every country. A few states took the brunt of it, and in those places people stayed at home, socially distanced and wore masks, finally bringing the spread under control.

Bolton's 'punches' powerless

Although John Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," is currently undergoing litigation in the United Staes, here in the United Kingdom we have been able to read it — and far from finding it to be the scandalous torpedoing of the Trump administration that liberals are hoping, I actually looked up from my copy with a favorable view of President Trump.

Deep Roots Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bill Barr is a threat to the deep state, not the rule of law

Democrats are furious at Attorney General Bill Barr. They should be. Mr. Barr is trying to tear the deep state up by its roots and expose the delusions of moral superiority that have infected so many in the intelligence and federal law enforcement communities.

In this June 18, 2020, file photo a discarded face mask and cigarette butt litter the sidewalk outside the Eastern Market in Washington. On Friday, June 26, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should look to their state and local leadership for modeling their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The comments only days after President Donald Trump held two campaign events that drew hundreds of participants but few wearing masks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Face mask virtue signaling and COVID-19 lies have to stop

- The Washington Times

One of the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has a policy requiring customers to wear face masks in order to receive in-facility service -- but at the same time exempts its own employees working in the food preparation area from having to cover their faces. Why? The answer is tortured logic.

In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Minneapolis Police Department Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo speaks in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP File)

Police for me, not for thee

- The Washington Times

Minneapolis City Council members who pressed hard to defund police have now turned around and voted themselves a private security detail that costs taxpayers roughly $4,500 a day. They've spent $63,000 so far, Fox News reported. This is hypocrisy at its worst; elitism and arrogance at its root.

This combination photo shows, clockwise from top left, the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York, the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif., the Apple TV+ logo displayed outside the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles before the premiere of the the Apple TV+ series "See," and a screen grab of the Disney Plus streaming service on a computer screen. (AP Photo)

Digital revolution poses unique risks to America's intellectual inheritance

The phone in your palm has the potential to hold more books than filled the vaunted Library of Alexandria. Your movie subscription service grants you access to more films than you have hours in your life to watch. And song? Well, pick any tune from day one of recorded music to the present and the likelihood is high that you can listen to it after five minutes of online searching. Put another way, thanks to digital technology, we are living in an unprecedented time with respect to access of American (indeed, global) arts and letters.