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New rules, same humans

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported witnesses describing Olivas as distressed and saying he shouted that he did not want ...

Is secession a solution to cultural war?

As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs. Yet, given the divisions among us, deeper and wider than ever, it is an open question as to ...

Deep in addiction

Dear Annie: I have a real problem with my 52-year-old son, “Robert,” who is cross-addicted. He’s struggled with substance abuse since he was 14 years old. Years ago, he got sober for a stretch of five years, so I know he is capable of getting clean. But he’s using now. He is very ...

Trump moves Mexico left

The United States has benefited for more than 160 years from having a friendly neighbor to its south, Mexico. But that may be about to change. This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visited Mexico to begin talks on renegotiating the North ...

The myth of the passive president

President Donald Trump gives the impression of having done everything in his first month in the White House — except think about Congress. A couple of months ago, there were congressional Republicans reluctantly on the Trump train who would have welcomed such neglect. They believed that ...

Reader: ‘Get a room’

Dear Annie: Am I turning into a curmudgeon as I get older, or are couples today way more comfortable being physical in public? I recently went to a concert with my husband, something I’d been looking forward to for weeks. But I couldn’t concentrate on what was happening on the stage. ...

What’s up with rape in Sweden?

President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “(what happened) last night in Sweden.” On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the ...

CPAC’s odd tango with Milo Yiannopoulos

On Feb. 18, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the premier conservative confab the Conservative Political Action Conference, wrote on Twitter: “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.” On Monday, Schlapp announced that ...

Friend keeps pushing cult diet

Dear Annie: My friend “Janice” and I met in college and were bridesmaids in each other’s wedding. We live down the street from each other, and our kids play together. Until recently, she’d been about 30 pounds overweight ever since I met her. She would always talk about losing those ...

SANDRA MYERS

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Echoes of internment

Imagine this. You are a boy, living in a child’s blissful unaware. You are not terribly different from other kids. Maybe you play stickball in the street and pretend to be Joe DiMaggio. Maybe you listen to “The Lone Ranger” on the Philco. Maybe you’re crazy for Superman. Maybe ...

Trump persists in campaign against the press

WASHINGTON — Not yet a month in office, President Trump was back on the campaign trail in Florida the other day in what could be called a victory lap celebrating the job he had already won. The event was a transparent ego booster shot to his constant need for reassurance that his faithful ...

Putting a foot in the door

Dear Annie: My daughter is a sophomore in college and is starting to apply for summer internships. She’s a great student — all A’s and B’s — and a hard worker. She wants to work in the film industry, so most of the places she’s sending her resume are media companies, film studios, ...

What happened to conservative optimism?

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action ...

Just an old flame

Dear Annie: In December, I went to a holiday house party, and most of the people in the crowd were my old friends from college (class of 1979). I hadn’t seen some of these people in 25 years or more. The hostess pulled out her giant photo album, and there they were, several pictures of my ...

A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON — To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media. Regarding ...

‘Passionate intensity’ brings about political consequences

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while ...

Trump administration goes into free fall

WASHINGTON — The Trump presidency continues to unravel, as a transparent mixture of denials and dissembling has plunged its credibility into free fall, after less than a month in power. The rapid-fire accumulation of executive and communications crises in both domestic and foreign policy ...

The deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful ...

Unwanted tunes

Dear Annie: I go to a small school, with only a handful of people in my graduating year. We’ve all known one another since kindergarten and first grade, and we all spend our time talking and interacting as a group. Sometimes at the lunch table — or when a conversation dies down and we’re ...