National Voices

  • OTHER VIEWS: Deny sanctuary to violent criminal motorcycle gangs

    The biker-gang shootout that left nine people dead in Waco, Texas, on Sunday marks an appalling new low in lawlessness. The fact that scores of rival bikers were welcomed to gather at a single location in a Mafia-style sitdown meeting suggests their hosts also have much to answer for. The Texas

  • DANA MILBANK: A performance by Lindsey and the Jets

    Sir Elton John, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, flew into Washington to testify Wednesday before members of the United States Senate -- or, as they might more accurately be described, the Madmen Across the Water. He had been called before an Appropriations subcommittee to

  • GEORGE RUNNER: Tax hikes look silly as state gets financial windfall

    It must be silly season in Sacramento. As the state receives billions in unanticipated revenues, liberal tax-and-spend lawmakers are proposing massive tax hikes, proving once again that they are out of touch with reality. One key measure of reality ignored by liberal lawmakers is Tax Freedom Day.

  • MICHAEL GERSON: The intricate knot of urban poverty

    Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, a city of about 600,000 people

  • OTHER VIEWS: Fiorina should focus her campaign on corporate experience

    No one doubts Carly Fiorina's toughness. Fiorina, who announced her campaign Monday for the Republican nomination for president, worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. She engineered a merger with Compaq and endured a bloody power

  • OTHER VIEWS: Ben Carson's first race is for president?

    Ben Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon who announced his presidential candidacy Monday, owes his lively political career to a 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. With President Barack Obama just a few seats away, Carson excoriated the president and went through a list of ills, from

  • BOB FRANKEN: Spreading violence

    We need to be careful. Our country is unraveling, right before our eyes. No longer can we treat the eruptions of violence in places like Baltimore as isolated incendiary incidents. If, as a nation, we don't take immediate remedial action, which means a complete overhaul of a brutally unfair

  • OTHER VIEWS: Puerto Rico needs some tough love

    Puerto Rico's long-running drama as the "Greece of the Caribbean" may be entering its final act -- what Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla called "one of the greatest fiscal and economic crisis in its history." Its power utility teeters on the brink of default. The government

  • OK, Texans, enough with all the crazy talk

    Fellow Texans, rest easy. Nobody is declaring martial law on our state.This is a case of stating the obvious, but some people out there need reminding: Federal soldiers aren't going to kick the door down and take your precious firearms. Airborne sturmtruppen aren't going to parachute onto

  • What does it take to get fired at the VA?

    After the scandal that broke last year at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it didn't look possible to reduce the department's credibility. But Secretary Robert A. McDonald has found ways to do so. The department was embarrassed by the disclosure of long delays for veterans in need of

  • JACQUIELYNN FLOYD: OK, Texans, enough with all the crazy talk

    Fellow Texans, rest easy. Nobody is declaring martial law on our state.This is a case of stating the obvious, but some people out there need reminding: Federal soldiers aren't going to kick the door down and take your precious firearms. Airborne sturmtruppen aren't going to parachute

  • Do something about immense student debt in California

    Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take most graduates decades to eliminate. Meanwhile, elected

  • OTHER VIEWS: What does it take to get fired at the VA?

    After the scandal that broke last year at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it didn't look possible to reduce the department's credibility. But Secretary Robert A. McDonald has found ways to do so. The department was embarrassed by the disclosure of long delays for veterans in need of

  • FRANK P. BARAJAS: Do something about immense student debt in California

    Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take most graduates decades to eliminate. Meanwhile, elected

  • ESTHER CEPEDA: Disappointment in the latest Nation's Report Card

    As I approached the results of the latest Nation's Report Card on social studies education, I prepared myself for an inevitable drop in scores. To my surprise, though many "old school" history teachers have lately chosen retirement over delivering the watered down, devoid-of-hard-

  • OTHER VIEWS: Chipotle's GMO message is muddled

    Let's unpack this burrito bowl.Chipotle Mexican Grill last week became the first large U.S. restaurant chain to declare it would not use any genetically engineered ingredients in its menu offerings. The fast-food giant stated its position with a bold section of its website: "A farewell to

  • JOE MATHEWS: State's east-west roads offer hidden surprises

    Do you seek beauty and danger in California, but are unsure in which direction to find it? West. Just drive west. Or east. California is reliably connected from north to south by workhorse highways like the Interstate 5, the 99, and the 101, with multiple lanes, center divides, and the other