Steve Chapman: Pair offer Libertarian alternative

If you were a pilot lost over the ocean and running out of fuel, you would love to see a large expanse of land with an asphalt runway. But if the only ground in sight were a tiny barren island, you’d be more than happy to settle for that.

Trudy Rubin: Show proof before cleric is sent back

Could an old man in Pennsylvania really be responsible for an attempted coup that nearly unseated a NATO ally and threatens America’s fight against ISIS?

Clarence Page: Fog symbolizes Trump’s vague campaign promises

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump made a grand entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention back-lit in a thick blue fog. I expected to hear the theme song from his The Celebrity Apprentice program, “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays. But, no.

Walter E. Williams: Only black people can solve blacks’ problems

The prospects for a better future are nearly hopeless for roughly 20 percent of black people — those who reside in big-city crime-infested and dysfunctional neighborhoods.

Thomas Sowell: Hard facts dispel notions about blacks, police, justice

Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called The War on Cops, the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald.

Froma Harrop: Attack on Dallas police an act of terrorism

The gunning down of five cops in Dallas was terrorism, pure and simple. The lunatic who did it framed his rampage as retaliation for police shootings of African-Americans.

Steve Chapman: Mike Pence hypocritical about Trump’s qualifications

In November 2010, Mike Pence gave a lecture at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention, and I happened to be there for my first exposure to his oratory.

Linda Chavez: No quick solution for prejudice in America

Americans are increasingly pessimistic about race relations, nearly eight years after many of us hoped we had ushered in a new, post-racial era with the election of the first African-American president.

Jonah Goldberg: The Donald, Clinton are not changing

If you love Hillary Clinton just the way she is, you’re in luck. If you adore Donald Trump and don’t want to ever see him change, congrats.

Ross Ramsey: A friend with a check is a friend indeed

If it’s legal to give money to a state officeholder without violating Texas bribery laws — as is apparently the case with gifts reported by Attorney General Ken Paxton for use in his legal defense — what keeps rich folks from sprinkling money on their favorite public officials?

Leonard Pitts: Don’t play Pokemon at our sacred places

People should not play Pokemon at Auschwitz. Nor at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, or Arlington National Cemetery.

Walter E. Williams: Challenges for blacks loom large in America

President Barack Obama and his first attorney general, Eric Holder, called for an honest conversation about race. Holder even called us “a nation of cowards” because we were unwilling to have a “national conversation” about race.

Froma Harrop: At Fox News, sexism is business as usual

What to make of Gretchen Carlson’s suit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment? If Ailes did demand sex as a condition of her employment and Carlson can prove it, then she’d seem to have a good case.

Thomas Sowell: Mob rule threatens all lives in America

There was never a more appropriately named book than The War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas.

Kathleen Parker: Few things can really be reduced to black, white

NEW YORK — By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown — and quite a few wouldn’t mind seeing him play a larger national role. I hear Republicans are looking for a substitute nominee.

Clarence Page: Republicans trying to tarnish Obama’s legacy

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Republican lawmakers as concerned about bad race relations as they have been in recent days, especially when they can blame the whole mess on the nation’s first black president.

Jonah Goldberg: Past week of tragedy reveals our ideological blind spots

It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week. But I think there was one. The killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, quickly followed by the killings of police in Dallas, knocked the lazy certainty out of almost everybody.

Leonard Pitts: Police are not the problem, we are

This is not about the police. At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African-Americans and the law.

Mary Sanchez: Trump’s foes should organize, not riot

The revolution might not be televised, as Gil Scott-Heron once rapped, but if the Republican National Convention in Cleveland goes pear-shaped, the cameras will be there to catch every moment.

Steve Chapman: After election, things likely to get worse

Can American democracy survive this presidential election? We assume any framework that has endured through the Civil War, the Great Depression, the violent upheaval of the 1960s and more can survive anything.

Froma Harrop: U.S. manufacturing returns to action

Reports of NASA’s Juno spacecraft’s entering the orbit around Jupiter lit a sparkler in this American heart — on the Fourth of July, no less. It showed that Americans still have what it takes.

Kathleen Parker: Trump, fans have enemy in common

WASHINGTON — Perusing the wires on a deadline morn, I was struck by a constellation of intellectuals struggling to translate the relative meanings of Brexit, Donald Trump and the West’s populist surge against elites.

Trudy Rubin: Pro EU voices must show their passion

BERLIN — Shortly before the Brexit vote, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine ran a cover story that urged the Brits: “Please don’t go.” For Germans, long the most loyal supporters of the European Union, it was unthinkable that the British would leave them.

Clarence Page: Clintons still drama junkies

I like Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they don’t make it easy. For more than a quarter century I have watched them slip in out of scandals, most of which were either generated or exaggerated by their Republican rivals.

Tommy Nelson: Breakdown of modern society upon us

Remember Old Yeller? He’d been bitten by a rabid wolf. He had to then be observed to see if that deadly disease would reach his brain. It did. He had to be put down by poor young Travis in what was the saddest Walt Disney scene of all time.

Jonah Goldberg: Trump and Gingrich would be riot of rhetoric

Load up on popcorn: The Republican ticket may be poised to go to 11. According to numerous reports, Donald Trump is considering Newt Gingrich as his running mate. And as traffic-baiters like to say on the internet: You won’t believe what happens next!

Ross Ramsey: No political benefit if voters can’t feel tax relief

If a state officeholder of any political persuasion promises to cut your property taxes, demand proof. They made their most recent attempt during last year’s legislative session with a constitutional amendment increasing the homestead exemption.

Steve Chapman: Trump an encyclopedia of ignorance

Donald Trump is not a professor, but for years he will be yielding insights to every student of economics.

Bob Weir: Critiques complicate an already tough job

As hundreds of people marched in what was described as a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, one gunman took a strategic position on a roof along the route.

Froma Harrop: We should rethink naming wild animals

Animals do not name themselves. The lion illegally hunted down in Zimbabwe last year did not know he was ‘‘Cecil.’’

Walter E. Williams: Favoring one industry can do harm to another

A recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce dramatically increased tariffs on some Chinese steel products, such as cold-rolled steel, which is used to make appliances, cars and electric motors. Tariffs were raised by 500 percent on some other Chinese steel products.

Independence Day losing its meaning in today’s society

There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America.

Women have more work to do in politics

Is America ready for a two-woman presidential ticket?

Clarence Page: ‘Hamilton’ enlightens us

When singer/writer/rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda announced at a White House event five years ago that he was working on “a hip-hop album about somebody who I think embodies hip-hop — Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton,” everybody laughed.

Kathleen Parker: Bill brings more trouble for his bride to deal with

WASHINGTON — But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation’s first female commander in chief.

Leonard Pitts: We’ve failed Sherdavia Jenkins, and others like her

I still remember your funeral. I still remember the white casket, small with only two handles on each side. I still remember the red teddy bear someone had placed near your head.

Jonah Goldberg: Left wing shows favor to rights that it likes

I have an idea. The federal government needs to compile a list of women who shouldn’t be allowed to get abortions.

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Bob Bland: Old Glory represents the best of America

I am Old Glory, a grand old flag. I am the flag of America, the land of the free and home of the brave.

Steve Chapman: The public’s opinion should not drive cases

Local prosecutors, being elected to office, are subject to the rule of the people. Their decisions, however, are not — or at least they shouldn’t be.

Other voices: Court ruling good for diversity

The 4-3 Supreme Court ruling recently upholding the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin brings to an end eight years of expensive litigation.

Linda Chavez: Celebrate founding principles on July Fourth

July Fourth is traditionally a day to celebrate not only America’s founding but also the exceptional nature of our great country.

Walter E. Williams: Big failure of multiculturalism widely seen across Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.”

Clarence Page: Brexit means another Trumpian victory to U.S.

Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. One of those people is Donald Trump.

Froma Harrop: Streets cannot be home

The homeless can be scary people. They may block sidewalks, curse passers-by and aggressively demand money. Or they can be just sad.

Kathleen Parker: Trump rides wave of nationalism

WASHINGTON — With Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, did Donald Trump just win the presidential election? On the surface, this may seem an odd question, but the concerns that led a majority of Brits to vote “leave” recently are similar to those who have catapulted Trump to the Republican nomination — immigration, refugees, underemployment.

Thomas Sowell: Affirmative action fraud moves along in America

The Supreme Court of the United States recently voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress.

Mary Sanchez: Gay, lesbian activists take on gun lobby

There was a time in American politics when the triad of God, guns and gays turned elections. The tagline is shorthand for conservatives’ anxiety about changing social norms and perceived threats to traditional American liberties.

Steve Chapman: Clinton’s running mate will reveal a lot about her

A crucial question about anyone who runs for president is: When the stakes are high, will the interests of the country come first? Or will political considerations dominate? On matters of foreign policy, the Supreme Court or the economy, though, we can only guess and hope.

Leonard Pitts: It takes a better idea to kill a bad one

Recently, someone tried to kill Donald Trump. You may not have heard about it. The story didn’t get much play, the attempt wasn’t well planned and the candidate was never in jeopardy.

Linda Chavez: High court not yet an Armageddon

Antonin Scalia’s death has made many conservatives fearful of what would happen if a Democratic president were to appoint the next justice to take his place on the Supreme Court.