Steve Chapman: Free speech for Corey Lewandowski

Since arriving in the White House, Donald Trump has upended many customs and norms, including many whose value was not fully appreciated before. But at least one tradition has proved impervious to his corrosive impact: the University of Chicago’s reverence for free and open debate.

Ross Ramsey: State legislators selective in their scorn for employees

The union dues bill is a great example of the difference between an ideological piece of legislation and a case of lawmakers just picking favorites.

Ed Soph: U.S. needs political will to act on climate change

Dear Dr. Burgess: Thank you for your letter responding to my question regarding why climate change/global warming was not included in your recent survey of issues that your constituents think are important.

Trudy Rubin: Flynn gone, but still a lot wrong in U.S.

The firing of Michael Flynn won’t cure what ails the Trump White House. The downfall of the president’s national security adviser after only 25 days in office is symptomatic of President Trump’s ill-informed, incoherent approach to foreign policy.

Charles Stafford: Proposed voucher plan bad for Texas students

Senate Bill (SB) 3 would establish two forms of vouchers: education savings accounts (ESA) and tax credit scholarships/educational expense assistance.

Kathleen Parker: Let’s meet the nuclear ‘football’

By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago Club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page.

Mary Sanchez: Taking care of refugees America’s moral duty

President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order halting the resettlement of refugees in America and banning travelers from seven Islamic countries has raised concern not only among liberals, civil libertarians and jurists.

Linda Chavez: Dump petty grievances,
Mr. President

At no point in my life have I ever felt as alienated from politics as I do now. Three weeks into the Trump administration, I find much to agree with — proposed tax cuts, deregulation, good Cabinet choices — but even more that makes me uncomfortable, indeed fearful.

Walter E. Williams: Blacks should support police who try to protect them

Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims.

Clarence Page: Dear white people: Please don’t be snowflakes

Everybody loves free speech, it seems — and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.

Hunter Bonner: Relocate Confederate memorial to a museum

As a regular commenter on articles and DRC letters to the editor, I am very familiar with the continuing controversy surrounding the Denton County Confederate Soldier Memorial that sits on the Courthouse on the Square grounds.

Jonah Goldberg: Media’s jabs at Conway show double standard

CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers.

Froma Harrop: Carbon tax could be truly good idea for U.S.

Address climate change and send Americans a check at the same time. That’s the nut of an intriguing idea put together by a group of Republican elders. The plan would curb emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them at the refinery, at the mine or wherever they enter the economy.

Steve Chapman: President’s travel ban helps out
terrorists

If you’re afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may impose a complete and total shutdown on travelers from the United States.

Kathleen Parker: Trump could become 2-year chief if Dems rally in 2018

Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long.

Leonard Pitts: White terrorism not as bad as Muslim terrorism?

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this:

Doyle McManus: ‘America first’ self-interest could spell peril

In the 75 years since the United States entered World War II, U.S. foreign policy has started from three broad premises shared by most American leaders. One is American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States is a unique country with a special responsibility to exert global leadership.

Ross Ramsey: Greg Abbott and the $200 million bully pulpit

The governor of Texas doesnt really have the authority to freeze hiring, except in his or her own office, but he’s got the bully pulpit.

Trudy Rubin: Iraqis who aided U.S. now wait under ban

As the courts ponder President Trump’s ill-advised immigration ban, nothing better illustrates its cruelty and carelessness than its impact on Iraqis who risked their lives to help Americans.

Walter E. Williams: Examining minimum
wage and discrimination

There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases.

Froma Harrop: Is Trump really the one running things?

Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Jonah Goldberg: Supreme Court nominations often prompt messy warfare

After successfully delivering the secret knock and password, a beleaguered, unshaven older man walks into the bunker, stomping out the cold from his feet on the way in. He walks over to one of the garbage-can fires, where his younger yet battle-hardened comrades are gathered, strategizing about the fight to come. As the grizzled veteran rubs his hands over the flames, his eyes glinting in the firelight, he says to them, wistfully, “You know, Supreme Court nomination fights weren’t always like this.”

Clarence Page: Why President Trump needs a history lesson

Here’s a tip, if you’re going to speak at a Black History Month event: It helps to know a little black history. President Donald Trump overlooked that advice as he delivered a rambling Black History Month address before engaging in a “listening session” with African-American professionals at the White House.

Mary Sanchez: Progressives could learn a thing or two from tea party

An energetic and full-throated resistance is building nationwide to oppose the whims of Donald Trump. Witness the crowds that turned out recently to protest Trump’s malicious executive order barring refugees from entering the country and voiding the visas of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Steve Chapman: Gorsuch, Scalia and sodomy

During his Senate confirmation hearings, Neil Gorsuch may be grilled on such legal topics as due process, enumerated powers and stare decisis. I’m hoping the discussion will also get around to a less arid...

Leondard Pitts: Setbacks nothing new for blacks in America

So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning.

Linda Chavez: President now treads Obama’s path

For eight years, conservatives — rightly, in my view — railed against the imperial presidency of Barack Obama. When he couldn’t get what he wanted through the ordered and deliberative legislative process, he used other means, issuing regulations and executive orders that accomplished his goals without having to convince the people’s elected representatives of their wisdom.

Trudy Rubin: Immigration order to make U.S. less safe

President Trump says his sweeping executive order on immigration was meant to make America safer. Yet this ill-conceived plan, with its slap-dash implementation and failure to consult Congress or relevant Cabinet secretaries, will make Americans less safe.

Ross Ramsey: Legislature a sideshow to main act in D.C.

It’s hard being in the circus when you’re not in The Greatest Show on Earth, but that’s where Texas politicians find themselves. With all eyes on a new government executive in Washington, the Texans are merely side dishes.

Kathleen Parker: Yikes, Bannon now Trump’s conscience

Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen K. Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves.

Froma Harrop: Democrats, get out of bed

Many Democrats hope the massive demonstrations against Donald Trump will evolve into a Democratic tea party. Sloppy rollouts of incoherent policy dressed in malevolence can rile people up.

Jonah Goldberg: Bannon Way will end in disaster for president

The Trump White House is engulfed in a firestorm of its own ignition. The Democrats and the media were only too happy to pour on more gasoline.

Linda Chavez: Appointees’ duty lies with Constitution

Presidential appointees take an oath ‘‘to preserve, protect and defend’’ not the president who appointed them but rather the Constitution of the United States. It would do well for President Donald Trump’s appointees, including those who serve in the highest levels of the White House, to remember that.

Mary Sanchez: President’s border lunacy will not end well

How do you feel about paying for Donald Trump’s border wall, America? Because if he builds it, the bill is coming to you. Mexico has flatly said it will not pay for the wall. And the cost of the border tax Trump has threatened to impose will simply be passed on to U.S. consumers, who will pay higher prices.

Walter E. Williams: Liberals’ conduct standards the lowest

One can only imagine the widespread media, political and intellectual condemnation of Republicans and conservatives if, after the inauguration of Barack Obama, they had gone on a violent and vicious tear all over the nation as did Democrats and liberals after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Giovanni Capriglione and Kirk Watson: Support legislation to keep Texans informed

After the Sharpstown fraud and bribery scandal rocked the Texas Capitol in the early 1970s, Texans opted to “throw the rascals out” and elect a reform-minded Legislature to clean up the mess.

Leonard Pitts: Teach what it means to be a truly human being

A few thoughts on the lonely death of Naika Venant. As you may have heard, Naika, a Miami teenager, hanged herself in the dark hours of a Sunday morning. She did this live on Facebook. We’ll likely never know why she chose to do it that way. Perhaps she felt invisible. Perhaps she wanted to be seen.

Steve Chapman: President’s immigration crackdown
will backfire

Government failures come in two basic forms. The first kind is not achieving the intended result — say job training that leads to no jobs or a Marine recruiting campaign that gets few takers. The second kind is doing damage that wouldn’t have been done otherwise. It’s roughly the difference between a cigar that fails to light and one that explodes.

Trudy Rubin: Remarks on Russia show cluelessness

The whole world knows how much President Donald Trump prides himself on deal-making. He views foreign policy entirely in terms of making deals the way he did for his business empire. He brags that his bargaining skills will corral China and Russia into doing his bidding.

Ross Ramsey: Senators finish off careful work with chainsaw

Texas senators diligently assembled a proposed state budget over the last six months, and then finished off their careful work with a chainsaw.

Froma Harrop: Three comforting thoughts offered about Trump

It’s still hard wrapping my brain around the words ‘‘President Donald Trump’’ — but there are strategies for moving in that direction. Indeed, I’ve come up with three comforting thoughts about the next how-many years.

Jonah Goldberg: Humiliating Mexico over wall would be a mistake

By all means, build a wall on the border, but don’t make Mexico pay for it.

Doyle McManus: Worries about death of facts are premature

It’s week one of the Trump presidency and the White House is already at war with the media, touching off panic about the end of the republic and the death of facts. The worries are exaggerated — or, at least, premature.

Steve Chapman: ‘Buy American, hire American’ a bad deal for United States

Now that the campaign is over, Donald Trump is no longer willing to fake it. Last year, he insisted, ‘‘I love free trade. But I want to make great deals.’’ In his inaugural address, he dropped the masquerade.

Walter E. Williams: American universities cave in to snowflakes

One wonders just how far spineless college administrators will go when it comes to caving in to the demands of campus snowflakes. For those unfamiliar with the term “snowflakes,” it is increasingly being used to characterize college students easily traumatized by criticism and politically incorrect phrases.

Clarence Page: How to cover Trump?

Facing the looming realities of President Donald Trump, media outlets have been chewing nervously on an unusual question: How do we cover this guy?

Kathleen Parker: Pray that our country will survive these next few years

So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won’t change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

Other Voices

Trudy Rubin: New divisive populist will weaken U.S.

President Donald Trump could have used his inaugural speech to soothe the bitter partisan divide that is undermining our country. He could have followed the lead of George W. Bush, who — like Trump — lost the popular vote in a contested election.

Leonard Pitts: GOP’s retreat from seriousness harms nation

Sometimes, you’ve got to go through it to get to it.That’s a personal motto with which I have occasionally consoled myself since I was a teenager. It means that for as much as we naturally seek to avoid...