Thomas Sowell: Left wing gambles with other people’s livelihoods

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected.

Leonard Pitts: Journalism’s hard year draws to a close

This has probably not, in fact, been the worst year in the history of American journalism. But you’ll forgive me if it feels that way just the same.

Clarence Page: Forget ‘identity politics,’ think about coalition

Should political candidates appeal to particular racial, ethnic or gender groups? Or should they broaden their message to appeal to all groups?

Linda Chavez: Trump’s picks for Cabinet a mixed bag

Like many conservative never-Trumpers, I have decided to take a wait-and-see attitude on the president-elect — and so far, I’d give him mixed reviews.

Trudy Rubin: Europeans anxious about Trump, Putin

HALIFAX, Canada — The annual Halifax International Security Forum brings together senior Canadian, European and U.S. military and civilian officials, and you can guess what was on everyone’s mind this year: What kind of foreign policy can we expect from President-elect Trump?

Froma Harrop: Hold the urchin tongues

‘Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore ‘‘foodies’’ put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.

Annetta Ramsay: Single-room occupancy complexes not the answer

In the past decade, Denton has added quite a few single-room occupancy (SRO) housing complexes to the landscape; city employees estimate Denton has 26 such complexes with more than 9,400 beds.

Kathleen Parker: Castro the
last laugh

Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge — and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either.

Ross Ramsey: Some politicians want attention, others don’t

Pete Laney, the former Texas House speaker, said once that he’d know he was in trouble if his name ID rose above 10 percent.There’s no reason for most people to know who the speaker is, he reasoned, and...

Jonah Goldberg: Even in death, Castro still has ‘useful idiots’

Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That’s not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for communism “useful idiots.”)

Steve Chapman: Partisan redistricting can harm some voters

Ronald Reagan was president when Michael Madigan, a Democrat, became speaker of the Illinois House in 1983. Reagan served two terms and died in 2004, and his name adorns schools, roads, parks and an airport. A generation has passed since he left the White House.

Leonard Pitts: We find ourselves at a no-win crossroads

I oppose the recount. There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign, as Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised money to do.

Merrill Matthews: Pipeline fight about protecting our way of life

According to environmental activists, the Dakota Access Pipeline Project crushed Native American rights, heritage — and objections. But the federal judge presiding over the case says the pipeline company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been diligent and respectful in their efforts to address Native American concerns.

Kathleen Parker: Will the real Trump please stand up for all to see?

In this holiday season, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged — Donald Trump’s many campaign lies. What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never keep his vows.

Men who work with hands need opportunity

A best-selling sports book, The Boys in the Boat, describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Thomas Sowell: Statistics no substitute
for thought in policies

This is a football story with political and legal implications.

Mary Sanchez: Trump’s personal ethics bode ill for Americans

We may well be witnessing the final triumph of Mammon over our national government.Does that sound overwrought? Consider what Donald Trump is doing. First, he is refusing to put the management of his financial...

Clarence Page: We have new haters, same old backlash

Maybe now when I tell you that we’re not in a post-racial society, you’ll pay attention.

Trudy Rubin: Will Trump respect the U.S. press?

Recently my mind flipped back to a meeting I had in 2000 in the Kremlin with a top Russian official.

Newspapers are answer to today’s fake news

There is good news on fake news.

Walter Williams: Students’ response to election disturbing

If one needed more evidence of the steep decay in academia, Donald Trump’s victory provided it.

Ross Ramsey: One day you’re in, the next day you’re out

Donald Trump’s version of Project Runway — the rolling interviews of potential underlings for the new administration — has included a handful of Texas officials making the catwalk through the lobby of Trump Tower.

Jonah Goldberg: Building U.S. infrastructure
should be done wisely

“The conservatives are going to go crazy,” Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Steve Bannon, recently told the Hollywood Reporter about his grand plans for a massive new spending program. “I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. … It’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, iron works, get them all jacked up.

Froma Harrop: We can battle global warming without Trump

It would be nice if President-elect Donald Trump took one of the most serious threats to life on earth seriously, but he does not.

No one can stop or roll back tide of change

Was this a ‘‘change election?” Donald Trump’s victory is widely attributed to the public’s thirst for something new, which he represented and Hillary Clinton didn’t. It would be more accurate to say the outcome stemmed from too much change — which has discombobulated conservatives, as well as liberals.

Jorge C. Cordova: Celebrate blessings on this special day

In the early 1600s, a group of Calvinist Protestant families wanted to get away from the political and religious turmoil existing in England at the time. So, they moved to Holland in the Netherlands.

Kathleen Parker: Mainstream media big loser in 2016 campaign

Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don’t say this lightly and sincerely fear that loss of faith in journalism ultimately will cause more harm to the nation than any outside enemy could hope to.

Thomas Sowell: GOP needs party unity to get things done for U.S.

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad.

Mary Sanchez: We must make foreign rebuilding efforts count

The Kabul Grand Hotel — it sounds like the setting of a movie, the backdrop for international intrigue and failed ambitions. But the hotel is not a Hollywood fabrication. It exists, although it isn’t open for business

Linda Chavez: Exit polls wrong about Latino voters

One of the most amazing things about what was arguably the most surprising election in a generation was the number of Hispanic voters who seemed to choose Donald Trump.

Jonah Goldberg: Obsession with race ecomingunreasonable

Some recent headlines: “The Electoral College is an instrument of white supremacy — and sexism,” exclaimed Slate magazine.

Ross Ramsey: Election sweep carries no action guarantee

Republicans will soon control everything in Washington, from the White House to the U.S. House to the Senate to, sooner rather than later, the U.S. Supreme Court. Heady stuff.

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Keep Denton Beautiful: City must balance tree removal with preservation

For almost 30 years, Keep Denton Beautiful has been planting and preserving trees in our city. As part of this mission, we support the effort to improve the Denton Municipal Tree Code.

Steve Chapman: Infrastructure illusions are many in U.S.

Boosting federal investment in infrastructure has never had so many enthusiasts. During the presidential campaign, it was the rare chorus that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could all join in singing.

Trudy Rubin: Which Trump will we get
as president?

Who is the #realDonaldTrump? The total disparities in how Americans answer this question are as stunning as the results of the election. We might as well be talking about three different personas — call them the Three Faces of Donald Trump.

Clarence Page: Now it’s Democrats who need an ‘autopsy’

Want to get attention in the Big Apple? Try carrying a big Donald Trump campaign sign through Times Square. A network news producer and friend of mine happened to do just that on her way home from the Republican president-elect’s victory speech.

Ray Perryman: Protecting children pays off in many ways

There is no social issue more important than protecting children from abuse and neglect. At present, millions of children in the United States are living in households where abuse occurs. Dealing with...

Walter E. Williams: Blacks’ panic over Trump unwarranted

Donald Trump’s surprise win has millions of Americans, many of whom are black, in a tizzy. Many, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, are writing about what it means to be black during a Trump administration even though Trump’s presidency has yet to begin.

Thomas Sowell: Trump still a wild card to people in America

The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don’t know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction.

Mary Sanchez: Will the ‘Dreamers’ be fed to the wolves?

Did you notice who was peering over the shoulder of a well-behaved Donald Trump recently as he sat beside President Barack Obama following their transition meeting?

Jonah Goldberg: Obama helped pave way for Clinton’s defeat

While many are starting to grasp the enormity of Donald Trump’s victory, few seem interested in coming to grips with the significance of Hillary Clinton’s defeat. It’s understandable, for several reasons. Pretty much everyone was shocked by his victory, but liberals clearly are still in one of the early stages of grief.

Leonard Pitts: Not enough lipstick in U.S. to beautify this pig

It’s not that America has never been a disappointment before. It’s not that America has never been an embarrassment. But nowhere in modern memory — not at Abu Ghraib, not in the 2000 election debacle, not in the Monica Lewinsky scandal — has it been as much of a disappointment and embarrassment as it is right now. Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States.

Steve Chapman: Media failure was product
of data, not ideology

Terry Brown is a 55-year-old plumber in Stanley, North Carolina, a small town that is 90 percent white and whose motto is ‘‘Jesus Saves.’’ He is the sort of person media elites and coastal liberals allegedly overlooked or scorned before Donald Trump’s surprise victory.

Linda Chavez: Let’s help Trump fix immigration the right way

Immigration was clearly the issue that galvanized many of Donald Trump’s supporters. But if he is to try to unite the nation, he needs to think carefully about how to proceed. If he does it right, he could pleasantly surprise his critics, including me.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

Facebook has become one of the most influential communications media in the United States. It now rivals — and maybe surpasses — The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post and major TV network news across all demographics.

Walter E. Williams: Citizens to blame for corrupt politicians

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, having a net worth of $81.8 billion, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, having a net worth of $70.4 billion, are the nation’s two richest men. They are at the top of the Forbes 400 list of America’s superrich individuals, people who have net worths of billions of dollars.

Kathleen Parker: Trump captured a moment in America

When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn’t a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.

Clarence Page: It’s Trump’s America, but can he deliver?

President-elect Trump? Well, whaddaya know. There really was a “hidden Trump vote” after all.

Steve Chapman: Billionaire’s supporters may not like what they get

‘‘Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.’’ So wrote H.L. Mencken a century ago. In our form of democracy, though, the people often don’t get what they want. But with the election of Donald Trump, that is about to change.

High property taxes start in Austin not schools

Texas property taxes are high, and school taxes are highest of them all. Before you blame your school district, look at how state lawmakers set things up. The state of Texas might well spend less on public education in the next budget than in the current one thanks to increasing local school property taxes.