Scott Parks: Let me say this about that

We are attempting to reinvigorate this editorial page. Our letters-to-the-editor feature is a big part of the equation. We’ve done our best to make letters from readers a lively forum. I now admit that we’ve gone too far.

Kathleen Parker: Hillary’s heel is her very Clinton-ness

WASHINGTON — When I wrote the headline “Hillary’s heel,” I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife’s pantsuit hem.

Froma Harrop: French people have right to ban the burkini

A few years ago, I took a French friend to a crowded beach in Rhode Island. No sooner had we hit the soft sands than she ripped off the top of her two-piece, baring her breasts to the sun and to curious boys playing nearby.

Jonah Goldberg: Hypocrisy on presidential golfing time
out of bounds

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says “scandal for thee, but not for me.”

Thomas Sowell: Top lawmen clash over enforcement in Milwaukee

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee’s Chief of Police Edward Flynn.

Clarence Page: John McLaughlin utters his last ‘bye-bye’

Back in the early 1990s, when our son was 4 years old and accustomed to seeing his dad on a certain Washington-based public television talk show, he’d annoy us by skipping through the house singing, “Bye-bye! Bye-bye. ..!”

Walter E. Williams: Lunacy on college campuses continues

As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all.

Shirley Johnson/Shirley Martin: City must freeze taxes for seniors, disabled

We are co-chairwomen of the Property Tax Freeze for Seniors and the Disabled group. On Aug. 16, we asked the City Council to freeze property taxes instead of forcing the citizens of Denton to follow through with a petition and have the proposal placed on the May 2017 ballot.

Leonard Pitts: Trump gets tiresome

I have a confession to make.I am tired of Donald Trump.At this point, November can’t come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I’d do so in a heartbeat. In this, I’m hardly alone.

Steve Chapman: Bare truth about burkinis among French now revealed

A beach in France is likely to feature some sights that would shock many Americans, such as bare-breasted women and paunchy middle-aged men in tiny Speedos. Lately, it may also feature a sight that would shock many French people: females who cover up.

FCC handles glitch in political radio ads

Political people, tap your brakes. The state of Texas might not be requiring sponsorship disclosures on political radio ads right now, but the Federal Communications Commission is.

Kathleen Parker: A positive column about Trump occurs

WASHINGTON — When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don’t you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun.

Thomas Sowell: GOP should pursue issuesin education to attract blacks

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order?

Jonah Goldberg: Today’s new nationalism actually white identity politics

To listen to his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I’m not so sure.

Froma Harrop: Left shouldn’t doubt Clinton’s devotion to cause

The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done.

Walter E. Williams: Free trade not causing job loss in America

International trade figures heavily in the presidential race. Presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another — from NAFTA to China to South Korea.”

Clarence Page: Manners still matter

When you’ve dug yourself into a hole, as an old saying goes, stop digging. Most people are smart enough to follow that advice. They aren’t Donald Trump.

Thomas Sowell: Black kids’ success should be important

We keep hearing that ‘‘black lives matter,’’ but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police.

Kathleen Parker: Americans driven to distraction

OXFORD, Md. — Reflexively, I type “Dru” and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist’s ultimate wave, I am behooved.

Leonard Pitts: Changing racist system requires purposeful action

We will get to Baltimore in a moment. First, let’s talk about innocence. That’s the unlikely ideal two great polemicists, writing over half a century apart, both invoked to describe America’s racial dynamic. It’s a coincidence that feels significant and not particularly coincidental.

Froma Harrop: Commoners’ right to hunt comes under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one’s income.

Steve Chapman: Our Fourth Amendment disappearing from view

If there is anything on which Americans across the political spectrum agree, it is the inviolability of the Constitution. It is our national scripture, invoked by all and rejected by none.

Mary Sanchez: Low-wage workers want respect, better pay

Between monthly meetings at an old church, they stay in touch on Facebook, bonded together by common struggles.

Jonah Goldberg: Hillary’s big advantage is she’s boring

Donald Trump’s supporters complain that the media is fixated on the billionaire’s wild and crazy campaign while ignoring or at least downplaying Hillary Clinton’s gaffes, missteps and outright scandals.

Linda Chavez: Clintons’ foundation a problem

Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls, but the public still doesn’t entirely trust her. Recently, those suspicions focused on the candidate’s relationship to the organization her husband founded, which she joined following her tenure as secretary of state.

Ross Ramsey: Does state government really work for you?

A lot can happen when you’re distracted by presidential politics. Recent events offered a few relatively local reminders of why politics matters.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

Imagine life without newspapers, an America in which government-operated web sites report on themselves and call it news.

Thomas Sowell: Clinton only reason to cast vote for The Donald

A year ago, in August 2015, this column called ‘‘The Donald’’ the Democrats’ Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year’s election.

Leonard Pitts: U.S. one nation, divided by versions of reality

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”— John 8:32

Kathleen Parker: Newspapers essential for quality journalism

WASHINGTON — Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It’s August. I’m Trumped out. So today’s the day.

Doyle McManus: Can Clinton claim mandate if she wins?

Last week could have been a bad one for Hillary Clinton: a disappointing economic growth report, a misleading answer to a question about her emails — she claimed the FBI director called her “truthful” — and a controversy over U.S. payments to Iran.

Jonah Goldberg: Trump has left GOP with no good options

Donald Trump has the GOP trapped in not one Catch-22, but two. Call it a Catch-44.

Walter E. Williams: America’s liberals bring down our moral values

One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been. I’d like to dispute that vision, at least as it pertains to black people.

Clarence Page: 2016 should serve as wake-up call for parties

It is a sign of how poorly Donald J. Trump is doing in the polls that he already is working on his reasons to be a sore loser.

Froma Harrop: Death can sneak up on young, successful

Stagnant wages, weight gain, in-laws staying too long. A canceled flight, a stolen bicycle, a flooded basement. Bounced checks, a cold sore, refrigerator on the fritz. Getting fired.

Thomas Sowell: People keep spreading old lies for own agenda

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.

Leonard Pitts: Our language about to become a minefield

Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies. No, not “the” ladies. Not, in fact, female human beings, period. Rather, I’m talking about the word itself, “ladies.”

Kathleen Parker: Nothing worth surrendering one’s dignity

WASHINGTON — No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars — or a garter belt.

Linda Chavez: IRS should call Trump’s tax bluff

For 40 years, Americans have had a chance to review the tax returns of major party candidates running for the presidency. But this year, the Republican nominee says he ‘‘can’t’’ release his returns because they are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Ross Ramsey: Voters take hit while judges mull election laws

The evidence is piling up: If the law allows Texas and other states to discriminate, they will discriminate.

Jonah Goldberg: When is a ransom not a ransom?

One of my all-time favorite lines is from Henry Thoreau: “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

Clarence Page: Speeches point to ugly campaign season

PHILADELPHIA — New York’s late Gov. Mario Cuomo used to say, “We campaign in poetry, we govern in prose.” That line’s been quoted quite a bit these days. We like to talk about things we miss — and poetry in politics is one of them.

Walter E. Williams: Compensating differences a valuable tool for all people

What economists call an ability to make “compensating differences” is a valuable tool in everyone’s arsenal. If people are prohibited from doing so, they are always worse off.

Doyle McManus: Welcome to Democratic Party, Bernie

After 44 years in politics, Bernie Sanders has finally taken the plunge. At long last he’s a regular Democrat.

Thomas Sowell: Being good citizen not easy this year

The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us.

Froma Harrop: Late-model car has better comforts than home

When I’m away a long time, I usually can’t wait to get home and open the door — not to the house but to the car.

Steve Chapman: U.S. racial climate gets worse under Obama

The election of Barack Obama was a unique moment in the long and complicated history of race relations in America. A huge symbolic barrier had collapsed. Never before was there so much optimism about escaping the grim clutches of the past.

Mary Sanchez: Hillary to Donald: Game on!

Hillary Clinton strode on stage in Philadelphia on Thursday night and showed herself ready to win the presidency.

Kathleen Parker: Republicans crossing to other side

PHILADELPHIA — A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: “I’m sorry,” she said, “I’m a Democrat.”

Trudy Rubin: A President Trump might appease Putin

You can’t make this stuff up. No, you wouldn’t want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country.