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Smokey the Bear Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Adapting to wildfires

While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California’s late-season wildfires, he and the state’s lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.

Illustration on a Nebraska school's banning of candy canes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Nebraska without Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us and once again, the headlines in the mainstream news are replete with stories of secular intolerance of Christ’s mass. Leading this year’s Festivus parade is Jennifer Sinclair, the principal of Nebraska’s Manchester Elementary School who sent out a memo earlier this week to her faculty, staff, students and parents telling them that Santa Claus, Christmas trees, reindeer, the colors green and red, and even candy canes were considered offensive and would, therefore, be prohibited at her school.

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Illustration ondifferences of opinion among women in the public eye by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When women march to different drummers

It's not exactly a cat fight, and even calling it that is a no-no. But certain lionesses of culture and politics are growling, hissing, spitting and scratching at each other. Some of the growls are fiercer than others, but there's anger aplenty.

Illustration on tax reform opportunities by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pursuing new tax reform

In the waning days of the 2018 campaign, President Trump made a curious declaration about his intent to pursue a new tax reform, which neither he nor anyone else bothered to spell out. The reference quickly became derided as a mere campaign ruse and no one paid it much mind after that, except to use it as further evidence of the president's calumny.

Illustration on the recent government report on climate change by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Apocalypse when?

Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered — whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians or scientists — we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it.

Illustration on climate-change predictions by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making climate predictions

I have always been reluctant to make any predictions, "especially about the future;" however, I want to make two exceptions.

The chief justice and a needed tutorial on law

When Donald Trump became president, he swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and enforce federal laws "faithfully." James Madison, who was the scrivener at the Constitutional Convention, insisted on using the word "faithfully" in the presidential oath and including the oath in the body of the Constitution because he knew that presidents would face the temptation to disregard laws they dislike.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance', at a George Washington University/Politics and Prose event, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Putting job creators in his crosshairs

After attempting to take credit for Amazon's decision to change its employee pay scales, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent, recently put a new group of job creators in his crosshairs. This time he's aiming at Walmart and other large corporations with a new bill named the "Stop Walmart Act."

'God has given us borders'

Nationalism -- for many folks, that's bad enough. But the modifiers don't help at all. There's "Black Nationalism," and the still more frightening, to many, "White Nationalism."

Illustration on Herbert London by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The passing of a giant

On Nov. 11, the conservative movement lost a giant, Herbert London, a Renaissance man, a scholar steeped in the Great Books tradition, a principled politician and a warm personal friend of mine. I am running out of friends such as Herb.

Illustration on aspects of the newest 'Year of the Woman' by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another 'Year of the Woman'

- The Washington Times

Shortly after his confirmation in 1991, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas observed that "being black has far less to do with the color of one's skin than one's politics." This truth has become more obvious in the years since for women as well as African-Americans.

Government Diet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Right-sizing America's government to protect growth

Maximizing national economic growth through tax cuts/reform is the key to a bright future for our nation, despite the PelosiSchumer propaganda blitz that our tax reform legislation only helped Wall Street, corporations and the rich.

Illustration on abortion and women's rights by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why 'The Handmaid's Tale' needs a makeover

What passes for mainstream feminism these days is a one-size-fits-all kind of mentality that is well represented by the misshapen clothes of "The Handmaid's Tale," a hallmark fictional tale in which women are expected to obey with alacrity and subservience. In today's narrative, it is she-who-must-be-obeyed that is making the most noise as mainstream feminists complain that women just are not doing what they are told — as, in election after election, women continue to think for themselves.

Making Fossil Fuels the Villain Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Curbing greenhouse gas emissions realistically

President Trump is not happy about the media response to the recent government report on climate change. Whether or not the report is as dire as headlines would have us believe, the response by climate change activists is always the same. They advocate a drastic and economically disastrous reduction of the use of fossil fuels that will greatly harm the world's economy.

Hunting the Recesssion Bear Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hunting the next recession

The Trump economy is sizzling, but the stock market is behaving like a recession is just around the corner. Equity prices have swooned then recovered many times, and whether the economy collapses depends mostly on Washington policymakers wrecking things.

'A Taliban state on Europe's doorstep'

In early October 2017 armed militants from the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), an African affiliate of the Islamic State in Syria, ambushed Nigerien and U.S. soldiers near the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, while they were returning to their base from what later was reported to be a covert mission.

Signs are carried during the March for Life 2016, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Washington, during the annual rally on the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Nonpartisan cheer: Abortions are on the decline

- The Washington Times

I don't know any woman who's ever dreamed of growing up and having an abortion -- no, not even any of the furthest left of leftists females who populated the liberal la-la-enclave of Massachusetts I once called home. So it's with nonpartisan cheer that statistics showing the falling rate of abortions in America ought to be received.

President Donald Trump greets Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R. Miss., during a rally in Tupelo, Miss., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Associated Press)

Only a public hanging for the senator will do

- The Washington Times

When you're losing an election and you're not sure there's anything you can do about it, the modern Democrats have a sure-fire strategy: Cry "racist!!" (with not one but at least two exclamation points), and count on the illiterates in the media to do the rest. It works nearly every time.