Leonard Pitts: Pope urges consensus on climate change

There is something I have never understood about the argument over global warming.

Kathleen Parker: Reconciliation on race not one-act play

CHARLESTON, S.C. — By all appearances last week, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

Thomas Sowell: High court decision reduce our freedoms

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.

Susan Estrich: Equal pay for women a long time away

Women get the money. Actually, they don’t.

Froma Harrop: Too many folks still go to emergency room

On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms — not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself — spoke of a potentially serious condition.

Walter E. Williams: People are whatever they say they are

Rachel A. Dolezal, the recently resigned president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP, has come under a bit of controversy.

Clarence Page: S.C. must free itself from long-lost cause

Could this, at last, be the end of the Civil War? Or, as some fans of Southern heritage call it, the War Between the States? Or the War of Northern Aggression?That question came to mind as I watched South...

Linda Chavez: GOP should not defend symbols of Confederacy

I have never been prouder to be a Republican than when I watched South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott — all Republicans — call for the Confederate flag to come down on the statehouse grounds.

Trudy Rubin: Russia could be U.S. ally in the future

As the Kremlin stokes the conflict in Ukraine and ratchets up tensions with NATO, there’s lots of talk about a Cold War redux.

Leonard Pitts: No real confusion about Roof’s motivation

This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of Fox & Friends, who described the recent act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an “attack on faith.”

Thomas Sowell: Hillary's history full of U.S. setbacks

There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2016.

Froma Harrop: Meditate to gain success

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to nurture our souls but to boost performance during the working hours.

Kathleen Parker: Time to take down Confederate battle flag

WASHINGTON — In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called recently for removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

Emily McPherson / Guest Column

Last year, I wrote an editorial in anticipation of the new grading policy, predicting it to be a terrible decision. Now, students and teachers have suffered from this system for a whole year, and I would like to say to the Denton school district: I told you so.

Clarence Page: Sensible gun control still worth a try

Witnesses say that the white gunman who killed nine people at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people.

Jonah Goldberg: Americans ignore 'cyber Pearl Harbor'

What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or — less box office but just as bad — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents?

Walter E. Williams: Decline in morality spells doom for America

Acivilized society’s first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values.

Mary Sanchez: Past time to deal with racism in U.S.

America is in denial — “post-racial” denial. You could hear it in the words of lament that followed news of the shooting massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Commenter after commenter, be they elected officials, presidential hopefuls, talking heads or members of the public posting on social media, used a peculiar term to describe the crime: “incomprehensible.”

Linda Chavez: Being forced to choose a racial identity is the issue

Rachel Dolezal may be the single worst person imaginable to provoke a serious discussion on race in America — but provoke it she does.

Leonard Pitts: No sanctuary in America

The main hall of a church is called a sanctuary. It is where you go to worship, to seek fellowship and solace, and commune with your maker. The dictionary definition of the word adds an additional layer of resonance. A sanctuary is where you are sheltered and protected. A sanctuary is where you are safe.

Froma Harrop: Battle is on to define moderate drinking

There’s been a significant rise in “heavy drinking” among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.

Kathleen Parker: Time will tell if Jeb is best choice

WASHINGTON — If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c’est moi.

Chris Martin: Coalition offers help to veterans in county

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports 45,736 military veterans live in Denton County.

Steve Chapman: Bad cops must be held accountable for actions

American police live in a place even more wondrous than the one you know from A Prairie Home Companion. In Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average. In Police Land, every cop is a model citizen, including those who outwardly resemble criminals.

Clarence Page: Fake black woman indulges ‘passing’ fancy

Perhaps we African-Americans should feel flattered that Rachel Dolezal wanted so desperately to be one of us.

Jonah Goldberg: Al-Qaida loses out to Islamic State

First, the good news: It turns out President Obama was right. Al-Qaida is being destroyed. One could even say he deserves some credit for this happy turn of events.

Thomas Sowell: Left uses word games to stifle U.S. free speech

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: “micro-aggression.”

Susan Estrich: Battles over abortion seem to never end

I wouldn’t have believed it if someone had told me back in 1973, when I was decades away from having my first child, that I would still be fighting the abortion wars 40 years later.

Leonard Pitts: What do you think now, Justice Scalia?

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

Kathleen Parker: No excuse for actions of officer

WASHINGTON — Video imagery doesn’t get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens.

Steve Chapman: Laws of economics not easy to repeal

In the 1970s, when oil prices jumped, most liberals embraced a simple solution: price controls. It should be illegal, they thought, to sell oil or gasoline for more than a certain amount. Americans should be able to drive without being fleeced by oil companies and foreign governments.

Mary Sanchez: Vatican plays catch-up on curbing sex abuse

The Vatican announced it will establish a new tribunal to sanction bishops who fail to protect children from sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

Walter E. Williams: Vouchers couldhelp improve education

Last summer’s Ferguson, Missouri, disturbances revealed that while blacks were 67 percent of its population, only three members of its 53-officer police force were black.

Froma Harrop: Federal lands don’t belong to the states

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada.

Trudy Rubin: U.S.-Iran alliance against Islamic State doomed

Ever since key Iraqi and Syrian cities fell to the Islamic State last month, the administration has been scrambling to adjust its tactics.

Linda Chavez: Time to recognize the Iranian resistance

With the June 30 deadline for a deal with Iran on halting its nuclear weapons program fast approaching, the Obama administration is playing its usual bait-and-switch game.

Clarence Page: Pronoun problem tough

Keeping the pronouns straight. In my experience, that’s the hardest part of adjusting to a friend’s sex-change operation.

Jonah Goldberg: Clinton needs a do-over

Almost exactly two months after Hillary Rodham Clinton’s official announcement that she’s running for president, she will give her first “official campaign announcement speech,” today, according to her Twitter account.

Leonard Pitts: Limbaugh’s finding out he’s not normal

I am not normal.

Steve Chapman: Hazards can play major role in poor peoples' lives

In the 1970s, crime was soaring, and American policymakers had all sorts of ideas for how to reduce it: longer sentences, more police, prison reform and more. But one of the most potent remedies was not conceived as a way to combat crime.

Froma Harrop: To keep workers, some employers trap them

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That’s no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using “noncompete” agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.

Thomas Sowell: Iraq was still viable before Obama made mistakes

After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?”

Kathleen Parker: Jenner not best face for transgender community

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t quite “Call me Ishmael,” but “Call me Caitlyn” made a whale of a splash.

Walter E. Williams: Intellectual dishonesty permeates academia

President Barack Obama’s stance, expressed in his 2014 State of the Union address, is that the debate is settled and climate change is a fact.

Mary Sanchez: Immigration so broken we deport citizens

The deportation of Andres Robles Gonzalez was a bureaucratic nightmare at every turn.

Linda Chavez: Trash TV shouldn’t be treated as news

Maybe I’m just getting old, but the media coverage of Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn and the Duggar family saga strike me as evidence that our society has become unhinged.

Other Voices

Jonah Goldberg: Pataki's populist shtick still rings false

I keep thinking we’re done with George Pataki — but like an order of bad clams, he keeps coming back up on me.

Susan Estrich: Caitlyn’s rollout masterful

If you’re a student of public relations, you had to be impressed.

Clarence Page: Huckabee appearing on ‘Red State reality TV’

After watching the fuss Republican presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee made about Beyonce Knowles early this year, it has been amusing to watch him try to wriggle and squirm his way out of the Duggar family’s scandal.