National Columns

We’re On an Unusual Path to a More Functional System



I do not fear much correction when I say that my columns of the last few years have not been characterized by an overabundance of cheerfulness and opt… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Bill Cosby’s Legacy Can’t Be Salvaged



Sometimes the greatness of a man is measured by the outlandishness of the conspiracy theories that pop up to explain his sudden downfall.So many wild … Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

A Different Kind of Ceremony



In a sea of graduates this month, Maddi Runkles stands out. Runkles is a young mom who got a commencement from high school like few others.Maddi, a 4…. Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

Words Are Very Important

WASHINGTON — Words matter, journalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have seri… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

Hodgkinson, Just Another Well-Intentioned Progressive

WASHINGTON — Have you followed the drift of the mainstream media as to what provoked James T. Hodgkinson to attempt the massacre of the Republican Hou… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

Words Will Always Matter

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, ar… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

Twin Personalities and Policies Clash in Cuba

WASHINGTON — Once upon a time, there were two fiercely ambitious brothers in Cuba — but the two men were very, very different. Fidel, the older of … Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

RecordsMade ToBe Broken

“They say it’s broken a record last set in 1804!” “Wow! Who knew it could rain like this. And for so many days in a row! It’s like a curtain; you c… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

Gesture Can Change Everything

WASHINGTON — Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on “Do Not Disturb,” except for family and close friends whose… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.

What ‘ToneDown Rhetoric’Really Means

You hear a lot of people in political conversations these days talking about the need to “tone down the rhetoric,” although it is not always clear wha… Please login below or subscribe to the Ponca City News access this article.