Jeff Robb: TWU’s butterfly garden project a boon to all

Monarchs are probably the most widely recognized of all our butterflies, given their large size, bright orange color and famous fall migration that some of them make to Mexico, where they overwinter in...

Kathleen Parker: Knowledge of rhetoric essential to populace

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle — not so much. Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of “by the people” was closer to our Founding Fathers’ intent of only certain people than to today’s more-the-merrier model.

Froma Harrop: Let’s break from identity politics, together

Both parties sort voters by color and gender. Though there’s nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics, it can get old really fast.

Walter E. Williams: Medical care, housing, jobs are wishes not rights

Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” President Barack Obama declared that health care “should be a right for every American.”

Leonard Pitts: Race more distraction than explanation at times

Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

Thomas Sowell: Rhetoric now beats reality in campaigns

If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties.

Clarence Page: Two race cards still haunt Americans

History repeats itself these days, first as tragedy then as a made-for-TV movie. It may be only coincidental but this is a good time to revisit two racially charged dramas: The O.J. Simpson double-homicide case and the confirmation hearings for now-Justice Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Susan Estrich: Sanders gives voice to Democrats’ concerns

Why do Democrats love Bernie Sanders?

Steve Chapman: It's too late to scrap the nuclear deal with Iranians

To most Republicans, the three scariest words in the English language, after ‘‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg,’’ are ‘‘Iran nuclear deal.’’

Froma Harrop: Higher education needs major disruption

There’s been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they’re buying.

Mary Sanchez: Crime bill from ’90s haunts Clintons today

It was inevitable that Bill would undercut Hillary.

Kathleen Parker: N.C. offers a non-solution to non-problem

WASHINGTON — As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet. And how.

Ross Ramsey: Heed the numbers on Texas kids

The younger part of the state’s population doesn’t look like the older part, and a new report suggests we should have a look at that before we make a big mess.

Clarence Page: Chicago must clean up a cover-up culture

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s reaction to a new report by a police accountability task force that he appointed displayed a keen grasp of the obvious. “The question isn’t, ‘Do we have racism?’” he said. “We do. The question is, ‘What are you going to do about it?’”

Walter E. Williams: Instructors undermine American values

During Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students our nation was created on racist principles.

Thomas Sowell: Electing Trump would have dangerous consequences

Donald Trump’s victories in the Republican primaries may make him seem like a sure winner. But those victories have been achieved by receiving either somewhat less than 40 percent of the votes or somewhat more than 40 percent, but never a majority.

Froma Harrop: The early American dream house has fans

They demand granite countertops. We don’t. They abhor 20-year-old kitchen cabinets.

Steve Chapman: Downplaying the dire threat from Zika virus

The Zika virus poses a major danger to Americans, and it’s reassuring to know that the Republican presidential candidates are ready to take it on.

Leonard Pitts: Conservatives lie about history to clear conscience

This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess.

Kathleen Parker: North Carolina proves itself a valley of ignorance

It’s been a long while since South Carolina could look down upon its neighbor to the North.

Doyle McManus: Sanders needs a miracle to beat Clinton, and that's OK

Bernie Sanders can still win the Democratic presidential nomination — but it’s going to take a miracle.

Mary Sanchez: Advocates of 'family values' continue to miss the point

A quarter-century ago, amid a political environment obsessed with the decline of “family values,” a book was published that methodically blew holes in the myth-making at the heart of this outlook.

Linda Chavez: Trump needs to learn how to follow the rules

As a Colorado Republican, I’m not thrilled with the way my state party participates in the presidential nominating process.

Trudy Rubin: Next president must avoid nation-building trap

Before taking office, the next president would benefit from reading a new book titled Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era.

Jonah Goldberg: The ice may be thawing between Cruz, GOP leaders

I wouldn’t say that the GOP is falling in love with Ted Cruz, but maybe it’s falling in like.

Steve Chapman: Liberals and conservatives should reject Bernie Sanders

In the polarized environment of modern American politics, there aren’t many things that liberals and conservatives agree on. But they should be able to join hands and lift their voices in unison to say, “Bernie Sanders will not do.”

Clarence Page: Clintons wrestle with black generation gap, too

It’s hard to say why former President Bill Clinton went so far off-script to defend his 1994 anticrime law against Black Lives Matter hecklers at a Philadelphia rally for his wife’s presidential campaign.

Froma Harrop: Sanders and the Snapchat liberals

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to Hamilton will be as good as it’s going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But let us first linger in Wisconsin, where Democrats and independents gave Sanders what looked like a decisive win.

Thomas Sowell: Convention might ignore 'voice of the people' fallacy

We hear many fallacies in election years.

Kathleen Parker: Messages from Sanders, pope similar but different

WASHINGTON — Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, but close enough, I suppose.

Leonard Pitts: ‘Conservative’ no longer has concrete meaning

About 20 years ago, when the syndicate that represents this column was preparing to pitch it to newspaper editors, I was called in for a meeting with the sales staff and somebody asked me this question.

Linda Chavez: Free trade benefits America

‘‘Trade’’ has become a dirty word in this year’s presidential race, with candidates of both parties bemoaning the American jobs supposedly lost to foreign competition because of our trade policies.

Susan Estrich: Women should not put on feminist blinders

This is not a column I am happy to write. Such things shouldn’t happen; but they do. And unless we admit it, the whispers will undermine us all.

Mary Sanchez: GOP women must take stand against Trump

Donald Trump is the kind of man women are taught to avoid.

Ross Ramsey: Financial fantasy not new in Texas

Cutting prices can be expensive. The Texas Department of Transportation offered up the most recent example of that, answering the Legislature’s question about what it would take to make the state’s toll roads free.

Myra Crownover: Telemedicine building on success in Texas

There is a lot of misinformation about telemedicine in Texas – that it’s frozen, dead, tied up in the courts, never to be used again.

Walter E. Williams: Renaming craze takes off at U.S. universities

Professor Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He recently wrote an article titled “The hypocrisy behind the student renaming craze.”

Froma Harrop: Bernie should stick to the high road

Bernie Sanders started his campaign stumping for his ideals without savaging the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. That was an attractive combination.

Steve Chapman: Sanders, Trump get things wrong on U.S. trade

Donald Trump says the problem in the United States is that ‘‘we don’t win anymore.’’ Trade is his favorite example, based on our longstanding trade deficit. But in one big area, America is a big global winner, year after year. That little-known fact exposes the basic, fatal error in Trump’s lament.

Trudy Rubin: Some Kurdish women fight on front lines

One of the most fascinating aspects of my recent trip to Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria, was its leaders’ focus on empowering women.

Leonard Pitts: Why should a Muslim love America?

An open letter to American Muslims: In April 1944, a Cpl. Rupert Trimmingham wrote the editor of Yank, a U.S. Army magazine, about what happened when he and eight fellow soldiers, traveling by train, had an overnight layover in a small Louisiana town.

Thomas Sowell: U.S. needs a grown-up for president

Donald Trump’s victories in the Republican primaries may make him seem like a sure winner. But those victories have been achieved by receiving either somewhat less than 40 percent of the votes or somewhat more than 40 percent, but never a majority.

Doyle McManus: Obama’s foreign policy record incomplete

President Obama wanted recent headlines to focus on a U.S. diplomatic triumph, his opening of a new relationship with Cuba. But his upbeat moment in Havana was eclipsed by terrorist bombs in Brussels and fears of more attacks to come.

Kathleen Parker: The Donald finds out thinking is difficult

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he’s not.

Clarence Page: Speaker Ryan takes on ‘You-Know-Who’

The author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, strongly objects to those who compare Lord Voldemort, the “Dark Lord” who is Potter’s archenemy in Rowling’s novels, to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Linda Chavez: Republicans must look in the mirror

Will Republicans learn the right lessons from the debacle that is the Trump candidacy? I am doubtful, because for many, it requires a good, hard look in the mirror.

Froma Harrop: Time for countries to foot own defense bill

It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, Occupied. Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won’t mind not getting back.

Jonah Goldberg: Clintons in no position to surf wave of populism

With apologies to Buffalo Springfield, there’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.

Doyle McManus: Hillary didn’t break law

It may not sound like it at first, but the FBI’s decision to move fast on its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices is good news for the Democratic front-runner.

Walter E. Williams: Lunacy at universities continues to increase

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know. Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV’s Judge Judy, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.