Trudy Rubin: GOP security experts fear a Trump presidency

Many readers who criticized my recent column on the security dangers of a Trump presidency claimed that my views were the result of “liberal” bias. Nope. The image of Donald Trump’s finger atop the nuclear button terrifies security experts across the political spectrum. It’s an equal-opportunity nightmare that haunts Republicans as well as Democrats.

Clarence Page: No, racism did not start with President Obama

Days before the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture near the Washington Monument, a couple of bizarre political developments illustrated why we Americans need it.And...

Jonah Goldberg: Candidates bedeviled by mirror problems

Tonight we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate.

Froma Harrop: Britain might want to become the fourth amigo

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union sparks speculation on where the United Kingdom might turn for new trading partners. How about NAFTA? Britain could become the fourth amigo, joining the United States, Canada and Mexico in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Linda Chavez: Some seek to confuse us on immigration

A new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine shows, once again, that immigration and immigrants are good for America. But don’t expect hallelujahs from the restrictionist crowd — or indeed even fair reporting.

Jo Ann Ballantine: Give to help improve county residents’ lives

Lindsey McKenna’s husband died 4 1/2 years ago in Afghanistan. This Army soldier lost his battle with post traumatic stress disorder shortly before wrapping up his eight-year stint in the service.

Ross Ramsey: Texas champion ‘Smitty’ set to end long run

In the early ’90s — the heyday of consumer rights legislation and regulation in Texas — Robert Cullick, then a reporter at the Houston Chronicle, gave Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen Texas an unofficial title: Everybody’s Third Paragraph.

Steve Chapman: No pardon for Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden did Americans a service. In revealing that the National Security Agency was collecting records of millions of our phone calls every day, he exposed a mass infringement on privacy, generated a valuable national discussion and brought about helpful reforms.

Clarence Page: Insight given into undecided voters’ minds

Really? Are there undecided voters left? Yes, as hard as it may be for most of us to believe, after putting up with the ads and sound bites of the presidential race for more than a year, polls show almost 10 percent of voters still haven’t made up their minds.

Jonah Goldberg: President's unusual trolling helped give rise to Trump

Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we’ll be hearing a lot more about it.

Thomas Sowell: Americans in political predicament this election

There is no point denying or sugarcoating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the ‘‘less insufferable’’ candidate to be president of the United States.

Walter E. Williams: University of Chicago administrators show courage

The University of Chicago’s president, Dr. Robert J. Zimmer, wrote a Wall Street Journal article, titled “Free Speech Is the Basis of a True Education.”

Ed Ireland: Renewable energy depends on fossil fuels

Almost daily, we read headlines that say renewables are on track to replace fossil fuels and move the world toward a low-carbon future. Such platitudes appear to give credibility to the notion that the best days of the oil and gas industry are behind us. But those assertions are unrealistic.

Mary Sanchez: Help those who served U.S. in Laos

The secrets of war take decades for former soldiers to admit, if ever. Governments are equally adept at hiding such truths. President Obama’s historic stop in Laos was a brief exercise of stepping toward the light, accepting more responsibility for the devastation of the Vietnam War.

Deb Armintor: Voice opinions on Renewable Denton Plan

For the past 11 months, the power brokers running our publicly owned electric company, Denton Municipal Electric, and their good ol’ boys on City Council, have been telling the taxpayers and ratepayers...

Kathleen Parker: Why a woman would prefer to suffer silently

She didn’t want to say she was sick. Hillary Clinton, that is, who recently has suffered coughing fits followed Sunday by a near collapse during New York’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. She left the ceremony early, claiming over-heatedness, and appeared to weave, lose her footing and pitch forward as she approached her car, as captured on a mobile phone video.

Doyle McManus: Why the U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire in Syria won’t work

John Kerry’s new cease-fire in Syria, launched this week after negotiations with Russia, is an admirable effort to bring a measure of peace to a shattered land. But it’s almost certainly doomed to fail — despite the diligence and even passion the secretary of State has devoted to it.

Sports and politics mix just like oil and water

I’ve never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I’m the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can’t stand. I tend not to pay attention to anything until the playoffs, and even then it’s entertainment more than passion. This can be a disadvantage in real life because, particularly among men, sports talk is a kind of safe space and common tongue all at once.

Trudy Rubin: Trump's praise for Putin shows how dangerous he would be

A vacation on Ireland’s west coast should have provided relief from the depressing realities of the U.S. election season. But it’s hard to escape when every Irishman or woman you meet asks the same question, differing only in the choice of adjective: “You Americans aren’t really going to elect that awful (or dangerous or bigoted) Donald Trump, are you?”

Linda Chavez: Age matters for candidates

In March 2015, I wrote a column suggesting Hillary Clinton was too old to run for president. It generated a lot of blowback, as I suspected it would, even though she hadn’t yet formally announced her candidacy. Carter Eskew, who ran Al Gore’s media campaign in 2000, berated me in The Washington Post for “the sexist and ageist nature” of what I had written and called it “remarkably outrageous.”

Doyle McManus: 15 years after 9/11, Americas not as afraid

Fifteen years ago, in the first fearful days after Sept. 11, 2001, the verdict was almost universal: “This changes everything.” Only it didn’t. The American way of life hardly changed at all.

Steve Chapman: How the Equal Rights Amendment succeeded

It’s often been said that if Americans were allowed to vote on some of the guarantees in the Bill of Rights — such as freedom of the press or the right against self-incrimination — they would reject them. What is rarely noted is that if some protections excluded from the Constitution were put to a referendum, voters would readily grant their approval.

Clarence Page: Send facts, not just rumors, on Clinton’s and Trump’s health

Hillary Clinton kept her pneumonia diagnosis under wraps for two days because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” Right. That’s what she used to say about her private email server.

Thomas Sowell: In terms of racial issues, education matters most

Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education.

Sherri Gideon: Volunteering with CASA a great opportunity to give back

I’m writing in response to the “Other voices” editorial “Texas CPS needs real reform.” I agree there is much work to be done with our child welfare system in Texas and much funding that needs to accompany any mandates and changes that are expected.

Kathleen Parker: Candidates embarrassed all of us this past week

America has had better weeks than the one just past. Only days away from the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates convened last week for what was dubbed the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” sponsored by NBC News and hosted by “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?” Indeed.

Leonard Pitts: Protesting is an act of faith

It keeps getting bigger. One might have expected last month’s protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, to have blown over by now. Instead, it has caught fire.

Jonah Goldberg: Idea of moral equivalence lost in Trump

There was a time when one of the worst sins you could commit on the American Right was to buy into “false moral equivalence.”During the Cold War, this usually meant saying that we were no better than the Soviet Union. For example, Democratic Sen. William J. Fulbright — Bill Clinton’s mentor — said of the Soviet Union in 1971, “Were it not for the fact that they are communists — and therefore ‘bad’ people — while we are Americans — and therefore ‘good’ people — our policies would be nearly indistinguishable.”

Linda Chavez: Blame voters, not top two candidates

In a democracy, we generally get the leaders we deserve. So what does that say about this year’s election? Nothing good. It’s easy to focus on the faults of the candidates — and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be the two most flawed presidential candidates in history — but at the end of the day, the voters chose them. Or some of the voters did, and that is part of the problem.

Froma Harrop: Clinton’s immigration reforms best for U.S.

Donald Trump’s recent rant against all things Mexican followed hard upon his promise of a gentler approach toward most of the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally. The political media continue to agonize over what Trump really wants, but isn’t it obvious by now? He wants confusion.

Texans turn political gaze to future

Political Texans seem to have found their answer to a lackluster state ballot: They’re making things up. About two months before an election that will send either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to the White House, the civics nerds of the Lone Star State are instead talking mostly about 2018 and 2020.

Kathleen Parker: Trump win bodes ill for animals

WASHINGTON — The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of administrative rulemakings has done more to protect animals than any other president in recent memory.

Jonah Goldberg: Schlafly's death reminds us conservatism still matters

Phyllis Schlafly died this week at the age of 92. I had my disagreements with the legendary conservative activist, particularly of late. She died the day before publication of her last book: The Conservative Case for Trump. The title alone should offer the reader a hint of at least one of those disagreements.

Clarence Page: Activist’s influence lives on in Trump’s candidacy

Rest in peace, Phyllis Schlafly. I respected her for her leadership skills, even when she campaigned against almost all of the causes that I supported. I also was often bewildered by her contradictions. In that I was not alone. Schlafly, who died Monday at age 92 in her home in St. Louis, was the quintessential anti-feminist leader in the 1970s, yet she lived a life that embodied in many ways the feminist dream.

Leonard Pitts: Politicians get advice on speaking to blacks

Today’s column is presented as a public service. It is for serious politicians both Democratic and Republican — and also for Donald Trump. The urgent need for this service has been painfully obvious for many years and never more so than today. So, let’s get right to it. This is: How to Talk to Black People in Eight Easy Lessons.

Steve Chapman: Worst case for GOP: Trump wins presidency

Republicans enter the fall campaign in moods ranging from grim foreboding to howling despair. They fear that Donald Trump will not only lose but lose so big he will take hordes of other candidates down with him, costing the GOP control of the U.S. Senate and even the House.

Walter E. Williams: Academics, media ignore facts, falsely spread blame

Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college graduates, they don’t bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics.

Froma Harrop: Strong retail districts to weather online storm

Wal-Mart is seeing the future, and the future isn’t more shoppers driving through stop-and-go traffic to big boxes at the edge of town. It’s online shopping.

Mary Sanchez: Trump’s immigration plan sells out our finest ideals

What a strange place our nation has come to when a candidate for president representing a major party, in a major policy speech, calls for “ideological certification” of immigrants.

Thomas Sowell: Misleading statistics common in America

Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies —‘‘lies, damned lies, and statistics.’’ Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds. Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be grossly misleading. Household income statistics are an obvious example.

Kathleen Parker: 'The blacks' an odd way of referring to people

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump says he has a great relationship with “the blacks,” I wonder if he also gets along well with the Smiths. We know he’s tight with the whites. But what’s with the definite article?

Jonah Goldberg: Ethanol bad for world, good for producers

Since it’s been seven months since the Iowa caucuses and it’ll be another three-plus years until that hell is fresh again, this is the time to talk about ethanol.

Ross Ramsey: Trump, Perry, Cruz — pals with no commitments

Don’t count Donald Trump as a supporter of Rick Perry for Senate 2018 just yet. He’s more of a fight promoter at this point, or — dare we say it — a polished politician.

Doyle McManus: Major issues lost amid the campaign noise

David Plouffe, the political wizard who helped President Obama win two elections, summed up this year’s presidential contest concisely last week. “Each day of this campaign seems big and interesting and crazy,” he wrote on Twitter. “But ultimately [it’s the] least suspenseful race since 1984,” when Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale in a landslide — a “forest and trees situation.”

Linda Chavez: Trump ends up where he started

Donald Trump’s immigration ‘‘pivot’’ has been more like a whirling dervish act these past few weeks. He’s gone from meeting with Hispanic leaders, promising to soften his position, to sending out his surrogates to make mutually contradictory promises that he definitely would or would not find a way to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Froma Harrop: Do Trump fans really want problems fixed?

Some harsh truths: Years ago, blue-collar America suffered mightily in the loss of manufacturing jobs. Everyone knows that. Many new, high-paying factory jobs are today going unfilled because workers aren’t being trained for them. Some know that.

Steve Chapman: America embraces diversity

Has the great American experiment in diversity ended in failure? That’s the impression you might get from an array of recent developments — Black Lives Matter protests, anti-Muslim sentiment, resentment of undocumented immigrants and, last but not least, Donald Trump.

Walter E. Williams: Economic conspiracies keep people out of work

A general economic principle is that any law or regulation that restricts market entry tends to impose the greatest burden on those who can be described as poor, latecomers, discriminated-against and politically weak.

Leonard Pitts: Conservative pundits helped break reality

Ordinarily, I might gloat. Recently, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable fact. In effect, they broke reality.

Kathleen Parker: Republican Party has Trumpian deflation

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump. Would that it were unnecessary to mention his name except, say, as a Viagra pitchman.