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Perspectives on Ukraine (3 & 4): Putin’s Sanity and a Clear Line

In considering the Russian war on Ukraine, we’re unwise to fixate on Vladimir Putin’s sanity. And the world cannot permit nuclear blackmail, should he attempt it.

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Perspectives on Ukraine (1 & 2): Feelings and History

What will happen next in Ukraine? How bad will it get? What does Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin want, and how far will he go to get it? Has he lost his mind? What should the US and the rest of the world do — and not do — to stop him?

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Just in Case: Christmas vs. the Grinch

Dr. Anthony Fauci walked back his Grinch-like verbal ranging shot against Christmas last week, but the only thing we know…

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September 11: Today We Remember

Today, twenty years after September 11, 2001, we remember. (Next week, sometime, we should talk.) For me the most striking,…

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The Afghanistan Rescue and the American Spirit

Displayed on a shelf in my home office is a wool cap from Afghanistan, a pakul or kapul, depending on…

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Independence Day, a Sunday

This year, the United States’ Independence Day falls on a Sunday, my Sabbath. (I realize it’s not everyone’s Sabbath.) The…


We Must All Hate the Puppy Stomper

I, Amanda Louisa Winchell, being of sound mind, pretty good body, and only two weeks from sixth grade graduation, hereby…

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On the Passing of Rush Limbaugh

I first heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio when I was a graduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New…


Silver Linings and Points of Light

I share many Americans’ gloom in the present political moment. My conservative concerns are legion. But I see points of…

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Thank God It Was Just a Dream

You know those dreams we have occasionally (at least I do) that are so horrific, humiliating, or bizarre — and…

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