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Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam is part of the new trend for Virginia Democrats, who have found that their path to victory runs through the growing suburbs of Washington and Richmond, and the Tidewater area. (Associated Press/File)

Ralph Northam meets Willie Horton

The ghost of Willie Horton, who is not even dead, continues to haunt Democratic dreams. Many Democrats continue to contest the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election, and others, like Ralph Northam, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, are stuck in 1988, when Horton became a central figure in the campaign that put George H.W. Bush in the White House. Published October 1, 2017

Anthem no time for politics

NFL players ought to stand during the national anthem. Our anthem is not about the president and it should not be about the players' causes. It is not about whether they have the right to sit, kneel or be absent. They do. It is not about whether fans, appalled by the sitting and kneeling, should turn off the games, stop buying tickets and merchandise, and let their own voice be heard. They should. Published October 1, 2017

Coaches should not be recruiters

For those of us who advise high-school basketball players and their parents, your recent piece exposes an issue we have been struggling with for the past 25 years ("Column: A lot of nervous people wait for other shoe to drop," Web, Sept. 26). Who has the students' best interests at heart? Based on your article it seems it was not the coaches in question. Published October 1, 2017

President Donald Trump points as he boards Air Force One, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Playing the Trump card

Promise them anything, but give them a tax cut. Republicans have a fleeting chance to clear the air of the odor of defeat by making good on a pledge that voters from towns big and small who have heard enough big talk won't easily forget. If Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can't deliver this time, these voters are likely to say, "forget you." Who needs someone who can screw up a slam dunk? Published September 28, 2017

FILE - In this Friday, June 3, 2016, file photo, an American Airlines passenger jet takes off from Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, that the once-volatile industry has changed so radically that his company will never lose money again. Even in a bad year, Parker says, the world's biggest airline should earn about $3 billion in profit before taxes. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

A late reward for the Gipper

The chiefs of the labor unions have always had differences with working stiffs over Ronald Reagan. The chiefs hated him and the working stiffs usually loved him. Published September 28, 2017

Ban players from field during anthem

The only institution in American culture that manages to meet the high bars of avarice and hypocrisy set by our political class is the NFL. After leading the charge against spousal abuse, steroid overuse and the CTE epidemic, the NFL has now moved to the forefront in the defense of free speech (unless, of course, that speech involves a player or coach questioning the terrible officiating of the league's part-time officials). Next the organization will surely start running public service ads warning of the dangers of excessive tattooing. Published September 28, 2017

Goodbye, Hugh

Hugh Hefner, despised and reviled by feminists, arch conservatives, law enforcement and religious leaders (but beloved by liberals, libertines, men in general and the oppressed) passed away Wednesday. "The Father of the Sexual Revolution" and the seemingly endless and ultimate playboy, Hefner was far more than just the creator and owner of a sex magazine which he called Playboy and which featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses. Published September 28, 2017

Let's get back to being grateful

I'll be 91 on Oct. 30. As I have admitted on occasion, I've lived through some of the worst and best times in our nation's history. It seems to me there is as much or more discord in the country now than at any prior time. It is obvious to me that we need more of the spirit I've seen exhibited in the distant past ("NFL ratings fall as fans make clear: Quit the politics," Web, Sept. 27). Published September 27, 2017

Keep El Salvador's TPS status

The Wilson Building in downtown Washington is filled with people who define the story of the city the edifice represents: a mayor who is a fifth generation Washingtonian, government staffers who grew up here or moved here for college and never looked back, residents who come to meet their mayor or testify before the council -- and a woman who moved to the United States from El Salvador almost 20 years ago for a chance at a better life. Published September 27, 2017

President Donald Trump pauses as he talks to the media after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, as he returns from Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sovereignty at the United Nations

The abiding theme in the criticism of Donald Trump by his thoughtful critics is that the president has no gift for the subtle. That's fair criticism. This president does not do subtle. They cite his speech earlier this month to the United Nations General Assembly, where he told the world's freeloaders and troublemakers where to get off. The speech was vintage Trump of the kind that the world has to get used to. Published September 27, 2017

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking about tax reform at the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At last, tax relief

It only took nine months, but at last we have a Republican tax plan. Cutting and reforming taxes was a central promise of Donald Trump and of nearly every Republican who sits in Congress. The party has an imperative to get this signed, sealed and delivered. This year. Published September 27, 2017

Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's foreign relations department (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Minister defends Kurds' vote for independence

Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum deserves international support. Published September 27, 2017

Perverting the Tebow kneel

A few years ago NFL quarterback Tim Tebow "took a knee" in prayer on a football field and was criticized roundly by a loud element of society. Today, that same element sings the praises of NFL players who kneel in protest of perceived societal injustices. Published September 26, 2017

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., flanked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, speaks to reporters as they faced assured defeat on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. The decision marked the latest defeat on the issue for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Republican-controlled Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Another funeral for repeal and replace

The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was dead and buried. The eulogies, such as they were, were over and the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 was dispatched to a forgettable corner of the graveyard. But when a couple of senators noticed a twitch and heard a groan they pulled it out of its coffin and called the medics. Published September 26, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chinese checkers

President Trump still wants to call Xi Jinping a friend, but relations between Washington and Beijing have slipped in slow motion from tension to crisis. Mr. Xi got a brief holiday at Mar a Lago with several rounds of golf out of his summit with Mr. Trump, giving not much in return. Published September 26, 2017

NFL players wasting opportunity

I believe strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our great nation and all those who have sacrificed (and are sacrificing) so much for our liberties. The professional football players who don't recognize the flag disrespect this nation and set a bad example for all the youths who look up to them. Published September 26, 2017

Once more, to protect America

Sometimes, the third time's the charm. At other times, it's three strikes and you're out. President Trump is testing those bits of ancient wisdom by implementing restrictions on travel to the United States from violence-prone nations. Though the nation has been free from recent terror attacks, for which we all give thanks, common sense dictates sober efforts to screen out evildoers before they reach these shores. Published September 25, 2017

Individuality, disrespect different

Thank God we all do not share the same beliefs; I believe our diversity of thought is exactly what our Founding Fathers intended. What I am not thankful for, however, is the ignorance which is bountiful in our great nation ("Trump's call for boycott of NFL reignites furor over players' national anthem protests," Web, Sept. 24). Our flag does not represent only our president. It represents much, much more. It represents you and me and all presidents past and future. It represents the men who died defending our freedom. It represents our children, nieces and nephews who were born into a nation with liberties unparalleled by any country. Published September 25, 2017

Dave Matthews delivers a speech at the start of the show after performing a solo song Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. Thousands of people have packed a stadium for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer's white nationalist rallies. Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the Sunday show. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress/The Daily Progress via AP)

The threat to free speech

Readin', writin' and 'rithmetic have been the traditional elements of a fundamental education. Recently, if the front pages of the newspapers are an accurate reflection of the menu on many campuses, rant and rage have been added to the three r's to make five. It's clear that elemental civics should be added as well. Published September 25, 2017