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Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at a campaign rally at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Abingdon, Va. (Andre Teague/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP) ** FILE **

Stumble in the stretch

Whether for horses or political candidates, nothing evaporates quite like a double-digit lead when the favorite loses the momentum in the homestretch. Only three weeks ago Ralph Northam held a 13-point polling lead in the race for governor in Virginia, and the latest polls now show Mr. Northam in a dead heat with the Republican candidate, Ed Gillespie. Published October 25, 2017

Sign it's time Corker hit the road

Showing the highest degree of disrespect, Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, verbally slapped his — and our — president and commander in chief in front of the whole world by suggesting that President Trump "leave [foreign policy] to the professionals for a while" ("Trump slams 'incompetent' Corker ahead of key Senate meeting," Web, Oct. 24). Published October 25, 2017

Duty of all to stand up to abuse

Over the past two years, my perceptions of prejudice against women have been challenged by both public display and personal experience. First there was the sexism used against Hillary Clinton in her presidential run, in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who was rewarded with the presidency for his past comments about women. Now our screens are filled with the latest news of Harvey Weinstein and others who used their positions as platforms for sexual assault. Published October 25, 2017

People gather in front of the Palau Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain awaiting for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's speech Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Honoring homage to Catalonia

Words matter, and sometimes language matters most of all, as the crisis in Spain eloquently demonstrates. The crisis is the result of a long, bitter history of the Catalan people who now seem determined to break away, establish their own nation, and enthrone their own language. Published October 24, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have his first indictment from a federal grand jury in Washington, and the target could be taken into custody as soon as Monday. (Associated Press/File)

Collusion confusion

A good dog comes home clenching a bone in his teeth. A bad dog drags home a bloody remnant of skeleton. Bad dogs are on the loose around Washington and they're beginning to dig a little too deep into the Russian collusion scandal, so called. Sensitive noses in polite places are beginning to detect a stink worse than something from the swamp, and it's not coming from the Trump White House. Published October 24, 2017

Meat industry hides many sins

I have no fear of goblins, witches or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry. Published October 24, 2017

Peace Cross should stay

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the Peace Cross memorial in Prince George's County, Maryland, should come down because it is in the visible shape of a cross, which "carries 'an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian serviceman'" ("Warring Over the Peace Cross," Web, Oct. 23). Published October 24, 2017

Leave grieving family be

The recent flap over President Trump's call to a Green Beret widow is disgusting. White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly's remarks to the press corps — despite a minor error — should have provided closure. Instead, Mr. Kelly, a Gold Star father, was called racist, which seems to be the automatic response of the left when anyone disagrees with a person of color. Published October 23, 2017

Taiwan should decide own future

Last week during his keynote speech to the Communist Party National Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China would be thwarted, and he called for the return of Taiwan to Chinese control ("Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges," Web, Oct. 18). But China needs to understand that Taiwan is a sovereign state and the island's 23 million people absolutely have the right to decide their own future. Published October 23, 2017

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Khamenei on Wednesday urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal after President Donald Trump refused to re-certify the pact and European companies have rushed into the Iranian markets since the landmark accord. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

The audacity of mendacity

Barack Obama might call it the audacity of hope. Others more skeptical might call it "the mendacity of hope." Two years ago when Barack Obama struck his nuclear deal with the mullahs in Iran he set out to achieve something more lasting than merely limiting Iran's ability to wage nuclear war. Published October 23, 2017

Commonly referred to as the Peace Cross, this is a picture of the historic Bladensburg, Maryland, World War I Veterans Memorial. (Photo/Liberty Institute website)

Size matters, to these judges

The campaign to erase the nation's history continues, outrage following outrage, the goofy replacing the merely ridiculous. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Richmond, in its wisdom has ruled that a 40-foot Peace Cross erected 92 years ago to honor the military dead of World War I is "unconstitutional." Published October 23, 2017

Handcuffs used on men arrested for prostitution solicitation sit on a table at a hotel in Minot, N.D., on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 in this file photo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) **FILE**

The myth of the happy hooker

The state has tried to eliminate, regulate and exploit the oldest profession for centuries, and no one has come up with a lasting formula. But now the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has cleared the way for "prostitution activists" to proceed with a lawsuit in a lower court to overturn the California law banning the trade, and the suit may have constitutional consequences. Published October 22, 2017

Participants in the annual Trick or Treat Main Street go from business to business for candy and other items during the evening Halloween celebration, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Pittston, Pa. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Ghosts on the run

Having given the back of the hand to Christopher Columbus, the snowflakes have gone to work on another suspect holiday, this one the preserve of ghosts and goblins. Just when everyone thought it was safe to be dead, pious ire of the politically correct is turned toward the Eve of All Hallows. Published October 22, 2017

Kudos to Fields

I urge anyone who might have missed it in our nano-second news cycle to read Suzanne Fields' most timely column ("Young men's lives matter, too," Web, Oct. 18). In wonderful prose, Mrs. Fields masterfully integrates California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent veto of a bill that would have codified into California law the notorious "dear colleague" false campus rape hysteria of the Obama administration, the progressive feminist media's desire to keep Harvey Weinstein on the front page in order to convince all and sundry that every man really is a Harvey in sheep's clothing, and heaps praise on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her clear-sighted fairness and transparency. Published October 22, 2017

Taxes don't curb consumption

Walk into an inner-city kindergarten and at least half of the kids you see are going to be fat, pre-Type-2 diabetics ("Thirst prevails again in Chicago." Web, Oct. 18). In fact, a number of these kids got set up for diabetes in the womb because their mothers were following the federal food guidelines. That's right, kids can develop insulin resistance before they are born. Inner cities are full of fat people, and even some of the skinny ones have fatty livers, fatty pancreases and eventually loss of blood-sugar control, then hyperinsulinemia. Published October 22, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017 file photo Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam pauses during an interview in Richmond, Va. Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership. He's backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group as well as by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A costly Democratic error

The public-opinion polls in the Virginia gubernatorial race are tightening. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democrat who had opened a comfortable lead over Ed Gillespie, the Republican, over the summer, has only a tiny lead in most polls now, and a new Monmouth survey puts Mr. Gillespie up by a point. Published October 19, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walk to a news conference on the Republican tax and budget proposals, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Divided we fall'

"United we stand, divided we fall" was a warning of the consequences of political fissures in the age of Lincoln, and it's no less on point now. The United States is splitting in two along political lines, and the ominous trend could spell disaster one day soon enough. Unless Americans can set aside their differences and make common cause about something, the nation could fall into the widening gulf. America is the exceptional nation, but not a nation immune to all risks. Published October 19, 2017

Make statements on own time

I have no problem with the way in which individual players on professional football teams choose to make a statement, political or otherwise. I have a problem with their timing. They are at work from the moment they walk into the stadium until the game is over, or they leave the stadium. If I ever tried to make a big political statement at work I would be counseled or fired immediately. Not televising the national anthem at the beginning of the game takes away the platform the team members exploit to demonstrate their cause. Published October 19, 2017

McCain not worthy of votes

Recently Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, about his failure to support the president's agenda — the agenda the voters sent both President Trump and Mr. McCain to Washington to fulfill. Mr. McCain called the question stupid, seemingly implying that Mr. Doocy was stupid. Actually, neither the question nor Mr. Doocy is stupid. A lot of Americans would have liked to hear an honest answer from the senator rather than a nasty retort. Published October 19, 2017