Leonard Pitts: Is Scott another ‘isolated incident’?

“... You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear.” — Jeremiah 5:21

Myra Crownover: Vote for HB 40 in best interests of community

One of the first things I was told upon my arrival in Austin 15 years ago was, “You can always defend a no vote.” A no vote can be easily explained away — “I support the cause, but I didn’t like the method,” or “I think the method was good, but I just can’t support the cause.”

Thomas Sowell: Primaries somewhat crazy early in process

Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

“Are you an idiot?” the caller asked me.“No, sir. I don’t think so,” I said, “although my mother has admitted she dropped me on my head when I was a baby.”

Walter E. Williams: Reality could be optional in the U.S.

One of the wonders of modern times is that reality is often seen as a social construct and therefore optional.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

I took my mother grocery shopping Sunday and she bought a half-gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. This was before Monday’s announcement that the company has recalled all of its products.

Steve Chapman: Feds still obstinate about pot

One model of political statesmanship is figuring out where you want the country to go and persuading the people to follow in that direction. Another is figuring out where the people are going and hustling to get in front of the parade.

Susan Estrich: Bathroom wars not over

More than 30 years ago, conservatives managed to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would have added “sex” to the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection, by frightening women into believing that it would outlaw separate bathrooms for men and women.

Linda Chavez: GOP must avoid the pitfalls of 2012 race

Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election during their primaries. By the time Mitt Romney secured his party’s nomination, the seeds of his defeat had already germinated. The challenge for Republicans in 2016 will be to keep that from happening again.

Clarence Page: Hillary Clinton’s enemies could aid her cause

In the business of low political blows, gun rights advocate Wayne LaPierre reminds us of Hillary Clinton’s best not-so-secret weapon: her amazing ability to drive her rivals and critics nuts.

Jonah Goldberg: Obama's coalition won't help Hillary much

In news only slightly more surprising than this morning’s sunrise, Hillary Clinton announced she is running for president again.

Thomas Sowell: Politics behind new inquisition in America

How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it.

Froma Harrop: Farming moving north

Before there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited (lots of cabbage, no avocados).

Walter E. Williams: Economic freedom is ticket to prosperity

Gaza is home to the Palestinian people, who have suffered injustices and have a history of legitimate grievances against both Israel and Arab governments.

Leonard Pitts: ‘The government’ is us

On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.

Mary Sanchez: Justice has been done in Boston

The conviction of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quietly sealed a chapter in this, the opening stages of what may become our long battle against terrorism on U.S. soil.

Other Voices

Steve Chapman: Faint case can be made for Rand Paul

Rand Paul is the Republican son of a longtime Republican House member, but let it never be said that he is not open-minded. In 2013, he confided to Sean Hannity, “I’ve been kind of disappointed, because honestly there were certain aspects of President Obama that I wanted to like.”

Trudy Rubin: Badawi case shows Saudi hypocrisy

Nothing better symbolizes the craziness of the Middle East, and the contradictions of U.S. policy, than the case of the Saudi blogger sentenced to a 1,000 lashes for advocating free speech.

Susan Estrich: Circus time begins in presidential race

Who are all these people running for president?

Leonard Pitts: After 150 years, Dixie still a place apart

On the day after the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Abraham Lincoln appeared at a second-floor window of the White House. He was acceding to the wishes of citizens who had gathered to serenade their president in this moment of victory.

Jonah Goldberg: Rolling Stone ignores basic journalism

The magazine Rolling Stone screwed up. In most media scandals, it’s unfair to paint with such a broad brush.

Kathleen Parker: The White House help have spoken

WASHINGTON — The new tell-all, The Residence, featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious — and utterly lacking in nutritious content.

Froma Harrop: Good people sometimes back some bad laws

A law in Indiana and a bill in Arkansas making life harder for their gay neighbors have lost their wheels in a surprising smashup. Business interests, usually associated with the conservative cause, lowered the boom on “religious freedom” legislation supported by social conservatives.

Steve Chapman: Dislike of arms control rears head on Iran deal

Amid all the criticism of President Barack Obama’s proposed agreement with Iran on its nuclear facilities, it’s worth keeping in mind that some people just can’t stomach the idea of arms control.

Clarence Page: A clash of freedoms takes stage in Indiana

Neither side in the uproar over Indiana’s “religious freedom restoration” law has been totally candid about its benefits or its dangers.

Thomas Sowell: Deal with Iran just a political charade

By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran.

Walter E. Williams: Minimum, maximum prices can harm poor

Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures.

Leonard Pitts: Faith ought not to pine for the old days

On Sunday, people all over the world commemorated the morning an itinerant rabbi, falsely convicted and cruelly executed, stood up and walked out of his own tomb. It is the foundation act for the world’s largest faith, a touchstone of hope for more than 2 billion people.

Jonah Goldberg: Freedom act not like Jim Crow laws

“It’s the Jim Crow law of our time.” That exact quote, or one very much like it, has come from the mouths of reporters, editorialists, activists, corporate CEOs and, of course, politicians, all because of Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. (RFRA)

Mary Sanchez: McDonald’s raise less than meets the eye

Let’s not be too impressed by McDonald’s big announcement that it will soon boost pay for some employees by about a buck an hour.

Linda Chavez: U.S. makes lousy deal with Iran

Boy, do I have a deal for you. Give me enough money to build a fancy new house, and I promise I won’t try to blow up yours. You can even check my basement to make sure I’m not stockpiling dynamite. Oh, and I promise I won’t try to buy any explosives from those shady characters I hang out with or hide what I already have in a storage unit somewhere else.

Bob Bland: True believers in Jesus are truly blessed

We had shared a Passover meal together in an upper room of a friend’s home. It had been a surreal occasion in the tension-filled room.

Susan Estrich: Nurses worth far more than they are paid

I never quite understood what “nursing” really meant until the past six months, when the supposed superstar doctor who operated on me in Phoenix (One of the smartest male doctors I know told me she was the best, a woman, how wonderful; beware gender bias.) made a mess of my intestines, leaving me rather critically ill with peritonitis and unbearable pain while she went to Maui.

Steve Chapman: America's Afghan sacrifices continue

If you’re looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress recently, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, Barack Obama and “ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership” between the United States and Afghanistan.

Kathleen Parker: Freedom is a two-way street in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Excited protests against Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America’s growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time

Thomas Sowell: Left-wing professors trashing liberal arts

An op-ed piece titled “Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts” appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts.

Jonah Goldberg: Can Jewish Americans support the left, Israel?

“I don’t understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president,” vented Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Boston Herald Radio recently.

Froma Harrop: Obamacare should be easier to understand

Let’s start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.

Walter E. Williams: Liberty and democracy most often opposites

The Economist magazine recently published “What’s gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?” The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct.

Mary Sanchez: U.S. must come to grips with chaos we created

Sometimes it is the aggregate of the news, more than a particular story, that ushers in a shock, a realization that things are perhaps worse than they seem.

Steve Chapman: Cruz takes his religious message to the extreme

President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill making “In God We Trust” the nation’s official motto, but his approach to religion was not excessive in its rigor.

Clarence Page: People suffering from post-Monica remorse

Asurprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.

Doyle McManus: Biden in the wings in case Clinton falters

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn’t sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72.

Linda Chavez: Hillary's nomination far from inevitable

A new CBS poll on Hillary Clinton suggests that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state faces a steeper road to the White House than her supporters might think.

Kathleen Parker: U.S. Senate sounding like bunch of grackles

WASHINGTON — President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.

Susan Estrich: Justice system broken

What was Ryan Giroux doing free on the streets of a Phoenix suburb — free, that is, to go on a shooting rampage that killed one person, left five more injured and traumatized countless witnesses?

Leonard Pitts: Please know I’ve got your back, Ashley Judd

Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like Insurgent, Divergent or Tooth Fairy. Rather, it’s in response to the headlines you made recently when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you and threatened you with rape after you tweeted an opinion about an SEC basketball tournament.

Jonah Goldberg: Coffee, tea or frank discussion on race?

Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers — “barista.”

Thomas Sowell: Lee Kuan Yew leaves legacy to Singapore

It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation.