Linda Chavez: Drugs at root of border crisis

The good news at the U.S. border with Mexico is that the flood of children from Central America crossing illegally, now totaling nearly 60,000, has slowed. The bad news is that those whose aim it is to stop legal immigration reform are using the kids to fan fears and turn a humanitarian crisis into political blackmail for anyone even contemplating positive changes in current law.

Froma Harrop: To share is not always to share alike

The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house — or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of the “sharing economy.”

Susan Estrich: Crossfire culture fosters false equivalence

The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle.

Doyle McManus: Why Germany feels dissed

BERLIN — I arrived in Berlin last week hoping to see something rare: a country that’s prosperous, well-governed and even happy, if only because it was just crowned champion of soccer’s World Cup.

Steve Chapman: Immigrant kids and the fear of disease

In 1952, Sen. Patrick McCarran of Arizona took the Senate floor to warn of the dangers posed by foreigners. The immigration system, he said, is a stream that flows into our society, and “if that stream is polluted our institutions and our way of life becomes infected.” He was not the last person to see those migrating here as a terrifying source of contamination.

Trudy Rubin: Europe must stand up to Putin

Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine.

Thomas Sowell: Political tactics border on madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!”

Annetta Ramsay: Oak Street preservation

Denton’s Oak Street is lined with historic homes. Only a fraction of Denton’s historic structures survive, as many were demolished to accommodate changing tastes or the University of North Texas’ growth. Some houses were lost to fire, since building codes and setbacks did not exist. Oak Street could have easily disappeared.

Walter E. Williams: Blacks do not need favors to succeed

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.”

Clarence Page: Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality

Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.

Jonah Goldberg: Lies about genocide in Gaza dog Israelis

“Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained recently on Fox News Sunday. ‘‘We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” It’s a classic talking point. It’s also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for Israel’s critics.

Leonard Pitts: Siegenthaler could see what others did not

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument.

Catherine Rampell: Women rock U.S. ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyonce voter” demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

Mary Sanchez: Let’s treat gun safety as a public health issue

Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive — everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the wheel, and the old and infirm vigorously resist giving up the keys.

Linda Chavez: America talking to the wrong Iranians

When it comes to an agreement with Iran about its nuclear program, no deal is better than a bad deal. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the news to President Obama recently that a deal was unlikely by the July 20th deadline agreed to at the beginning of talks last September — which no doubt disappointed his boss, who is desperate for some foreign policy success to point to.

Susan Estrich: Web ‘date’ turns deadly for ‘sugar daddy’

The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a “date” he met on a website that connects “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” has prompted not only charges against the woman, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, and an investigation of a similar death (ruled accidental) involving Tichelman in 2013, but also questions about the website that brought the dead husband and father into contact with the woman.

Steve Chapman: Fed knows better than its critics

There is a point at which firmness of conviction becomes obstinacy, and there is a point at which obstinacy becomes comedy. The latter was on spectacular view the other day when a prominent inflation hawk self-destructed on national TV.

Leonard Pitts: Actions or inactions decide for us

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

Jonah Goldberg: Hollywood not really as liberal as it wants

In the film Obvious Child, Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: “You are going to kill it out there!”

Clarence Page: We should not rush to criminalize ‘bad’ parents

Despite the growing consensus that mass incarceration is not the way to cure all social ills, there seems to be a new trend toward prosecuting parents who fall short of prevailing ideals.

Thomas Sowell: Symbolic gestures may harm Republicans

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems.

Froma Harrop: Writer urges right to channel counterculture

On behalf of all liberals — living and dead — I’d like to apologize to Adam Bellow. In 1976, Bellow was at a Michigan State University writing workshop when a feminist publicly rebuked him for saying she had manly attributes. He says he meant that as a compliment.

Walter E. Williams: Americans unwilling to defend ourselves

The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 2012 losses because of personal identity theft totaled $24.7 billion.

Susan Estrich: Not just Israel under threat of extremism

Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn’t reach that far. Now they can.

Ed Longanecker: Ban it, and unintended consequences will arise

Once again, an industry responsible for building and supporting all areas of the Texas economy is being targeted by East and West Coast activists seeking to slow responsible hydrocarbon development through fear. Millions of dollars from agenda-driven organizations unconcerned with the well-being of Texas citizens continue to funnel into our state and others across the country to advance anti-oil and natural gas campaigns. If adopted, these ordinances will have unintended consequences for citizens, city governments and mineral owners that far outweigh any perceived benefit.

Adam Briggle: Only tougher rules will protect health, livability

I’ve heard some crazy claims about fracking in Denton. The industry has said Denton residents are terrorists. The head of Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency (a man who is funded by the very industry he is supposedly watching over) even implied that Russia was behind our proposed fracking ban. Yet the craziest thing I’ve heard is that Denton should adopt “reasonable regulations” rather than a ban on fracking.

Amy Goldman Koss: Long-term care for seniors can be complex

The first signs of my parents’ slippage was puzzling. How did they keep missing lunch dates and doctor’s appointments? Why did they unload the dishwasher before running it? How could they forget how to check their email or set their clock?

Leonard Pitts: ‘Unbroken’ World War II vet more than a hero

Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.

Mike Cochran: City convention facility needs to be put to vote

The city of Denton is about to enter into a 50-year, $25 million deal for a convention center to be managed by a company founded in 2007. It currently manages seven hotels and has zero experience managing convention centers. This will be on University of North Texas property, exactly where the last hotel and convention center sat.

Dalton Gregory: This is the future we’ve been working toward

I have been in two successful campaigns for City Council in the last three years, which involved about 20 candidate forums. Each time the question of a convention center was raised, I said I was for the concept and would vote for it if the development agreement represented a good deal for the city. All of the other successful council candidates over the last three years took similar positions.

Steve Chapman: Personal liberties under fire in America

It’s a classic Orwellian nightmare: The government decides to deny you a right it extends to other people, but it won’t tell you why and it won’t tell you what you can do about it. You’re stuck in purgatory, effectively convicted without being tried — or even being told the charge against you.

Froma Harrop: Everyone may now board the plane, except you

The boarding pass typically lists two times: the time of departure and the time of boarding. For many airline passengers, the only significant one is time of departure.

Jonah Goldberg: Liberals’ patriotism on decline

You wouldn’t think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn’t like America.

Doyle McManus: Drone warfare comeswith many drawbacks

The drone has become America’s counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?

Clarence Page: New U.S. border politics: Blame Obama first

As thousands of unaccompanied Central American children stream across his state’s southern border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a paranoid turn.

Thomas Sowell: Book offers insight into blacks in America

Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. ‘‘Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.”

Susan Estrich: Personal experience may affect judicial decisions

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is definitely “balls and strikes.”

Walter E. Williams: Deficit a symptom of larger problem

During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.”

Steve Chapman: Children who cross border a challenge

An undocumented foreigner crossed the Rio Grande near Hidalgo the other day. He had spent three weeks traveling from Honduras, and he was carrying only one thing with him: a birth certificate. He was hoping to find relatives in San Antonio or Maryland. His name is Alejandro, and he’s 8 years old.

Leonard Pitts: Narrow-minded court gives ‘narrow’ decision

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision.

Jonah Goldberg: Sen. Warren poised to be Obama of ’16

Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment.

Froma Harrop: Cochran’s win not good for Blue America

From the happy reports, you’d think that liberals had only to celebrate the tea party’s recent Mississippi defeat. True, Sen. Thad Cochran’s winning strategy — reaching out to Democrats, in particular African-Americans — made for an especially gratifying runoff victory.

Linda Chavez: America’s freedom comes with a high price

Americans recently marked not only the 238th anniversary of the founding of our nation, but also the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Mary Sanchez: Immigrant saga plays out on Southern soccer field

The story of Los Jets is quintessentially American. A small-town high school team, cobbled together of outcast and underdog students, struggles to overcome obstacles put in its way by unsympathetic officials and community naysayers. The once ragtag team perseveres with grit, heart, spirit and hope, and wins a state championship. The townspeople finally embrace the one-time outsiders as local heroes.

Steve Chapman: High court ruling on birth control no big deal

Organizations concerned with public policy have a habit of hyping developments that relate to their concerns. When the Supreme Court ruled that some corporations are exempt from paying for employees’ contraceptive coverage under Obamacare, both sides loudly trumpeted its importance.

Susan Estrich: Love of country should bring us together

Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.

Jonah Goldberg: Court: Birth control not your boss’s business

Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read “Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business.”

Leonard Pitts: Half way to goal is still only half way

Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of “manifold evils.”Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a “threat to the very essence” of America.Rep. Howard Smith called it a “monstrous instrument of oppression.”

Thomas Sowell: Celebrate freedom on America’s birthday

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world.

Jane Nelson: Remember true meaning of Independence Day

As we celebrate this Fourth of July, let us take a moment to pause from the backyard barbecues, pool parties and firework celebrations to remember the true significance of the day — our country’s fight for independence.