Walter E. Williams: West needs to develop backbone to defend itself

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida’s anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty.

Dr. Jolanta Cichon: Breast cancer screenings essential to reduce risk

In the U.S., one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Over the past decade, news and information about breast cancer has helped increase awareness about the disease tremendously.

Linda Chavez: Extremists seek to dominate the world

What a difference a year makes. In September 2013, President Barack Obama bragged to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, “The world is more stable than it was five years ago.” Recently, the president again addressed the U.N. delegates, but claims that the world is somehow more stable thanks to his leadership were, understandably, missing.

Mary Sanchez: NFL should consult black women on abuse policy

If you think the NFL’s domestic violence problem has been talked to death, there’s one interested party that begs to differ.

Jonah Goldberg: Women actually doing well in America

The White House recently announced its “It’s On Us” initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses.

Leonard Pitts: Emma Watson looking for a few good men

AU.N. initiative called HeForShe hopes to encourage male involvement in the fight for women’s rights. Men should join the cause.

Thomas Sowell: Going to war not always optional

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don’t want another war.

Trudy Rubin: Fight against ISIS is not conventional

Republicans were berating Secretary of State John Kerry recently for calling the fight against ISIS a “counter-terrorism operation” rather than a “war.”

Froma Harrop: End life on own terms

The low point of the Obamacare debate — and there was much probing of the floor — had to be the “death panel” charge. It was the creepiest in a volley of lies aimed at killing health care reform.

Doyle McManus: Old echoes in America’s new Middle East policy

Here’s the nightmare scenario that kept Obama administration officials awake at night this summer as they watched the black-masked guerrillas of Islamic State sweep across Iraq: First, the insurgents could...

Steve Chapman: Ironman endurance test puzzles and inspires

MADISON, Wisconsin — A glorious September day is breaking over scenic Lake Monona, but nearly 2,500 people are about to have perhaps the most miserable experience of their lives.

Kathleen Parker: Cry, you’re on hidden camera

WASHINGTON — Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

Clarence Page: Obama a reluctant hawk

As he offered to the nation his prescription for the most recent Middle East crisis, President Barack Obama reminded me of Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part III. ‘‘Just when I thought I was out,” sighed the young mob boss about his efforts to leave the family business, “they pull me back in.”

Jonah Goldberg: ISIS draws big group of losers to its fold

On the Internet, you’re never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion — Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons, Bolivian tree frogs? — and you’re only a few clicks away from someone who shares your obsession.

Leonard Pitts: Consider ‘what if’ as U.S. returns to Mideast

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high.

Walter E. Williams: Statistical disparities often not injustice

How many times have we heard laments such as “women are 50 percent of the population but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs” and, as the Justice Department recently found, “blacks are 54 percent of the population in Newark, New Jersey, but 85 percent of pedestrian stops and 79 percent of arrests”?

Froma Harrop: GOP shows how not to get country back

The tea party mantra, “I want my country back,” resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.

Thomas Sowell: Book offers information on delayed speech

Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age 2, 3 or even 4, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do.

Mary Sanchez: Time for NFL to lead

A man should write this column. Domestic violence is a topic we’re all talking about at the moment, but here’s the problem. When it comes to the question of what to do about it, the discussion is lame and frustrating. We can create all the shelters and women-be-smart programs we want, but we wouldn’t really be addressing the root of the problem: men. We wouldn’t be asking the people to step up who could really make a difference but aren’t: men.

Steve Chapman: Living large just an illusion

A few months ago I made a trip to attend my daughter Isabelle’s commencement at an institution of higher learning. Having no apparel to signify my investment in this particular school, I entered the bookstore and found a shirt emblazoned with its name. Too impatient to try the shirt on, I eyeballed the medium and the large and decided the medium would fit.

Linda Chavez: Quit defending abuse

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s arrest on child abuse charges has sparked a huge debate about corporal punishment, one that exposes deep cultural rifts.

Kathleen Parker: Narcissism knows no shame

WASHINGTON — As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

Clarence Page: Corporal punishment has roots in past

Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has exposed a hazardous culture clash in the Texas indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse.

Other Voices

Jonah Goldberg: Obama rushing into war with IS

By all means, let’s destroy Islamic State, but let’s talk about it first. We are in a strange place right now. President Obama is rushing into a war he doesn’t want to fight. He can barely bring himself to call it a war.

Leonard Pitts: No defense for what Rice did

“I think they’re going too far with Ray Rice.” So said a civil servant I know only in passing, making small talk the other day. No, it is not the majority opinion, but neither is the guy alone. Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer.

Walter E. Williams: Immigrants to the West must learn to assimilate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has “utterly failed.” Both Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain’s ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries.

Susan Estrich: It’s time for Obama to be neither reckless nor timid

“If we take the proper steps, we can save lives, but we have to act fast,” President Obama said on Tuesday. “We can’t dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can given that this has broken out in ways we have not seen before.”

‘Every treatment option possible’

This election season The Dallas Morning News added two questions on drug policy to questionnaires sent to candidates for state offices. Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, surprised me with his answer on whether he’d support putting a medical marijuana amendment on the ballot for voters to decide.

Linda Chavez: Figure way to make football a civil sport

I’m not much of a football fan, never have been, but I’ve lived most of my life in households where games dominated family schedules during football season.

Froma Harrop: Casinos not the answer

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song “Atlantic City” opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

Trudy Rubin: ‘Newspeak’ alive, well in Moscow

In 1949, George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four, his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose “Ministry of Truth” spews rank propaganda called “Newspeak” that turns historical facts on their head.

Mary Sanchez: Sleeper might upset Senate election calculus

Let’s go out on a limb and predict that a Republican majority will retake the Senate in November’s elections. After all, Nate Silver, the paragon of quantitative journalism, puts the party’s chances of doing so at 62.6 percent.

Leonard Pitts: Rice abuse video reveals nothing we didn’t know

Apologies for the blunt language, but can we please cut the crap?

Catherine Rampell: Only college graduates need apply

You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.

Jonah Goldberg: Time to uphold U.S. honor worldwide

“I should have anticipated the optics,” President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. “Part of this job is also the theater of it,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters.”

Clarence Page: Politics tear us apart

Americans need to get out more. We’re not only divided into different political parties, polls show; we are becoming different Americas. That’s good for vigorous arguments, but it works against our ability to reach much agreement.

Thomas Sowell: Mob rule economics take root in America

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people’s votes are to be overruled by other people’s disruptions, harassments and threats.

Susan Estrich: Spread of Ebola now everyone’s problem

Ebola. As if beheadings were not terrifying enough, as if the spread of extremism and hatred were not unsettling enough, as if the kidnapping of young girls were not horrifying enough, the world now faces another crisis requiring that countries barely able to provide anything approaching minimal medical care in the best of times deal with a deadly epidemic for which there is no medicine, no cure and, in many places, no health care facilities, let alone isolation wards.

Steve Chapman: Live with reclining seats in airlines

Good morning. This is your captain. We’ll be cruising today at an altitude of 30,000 feet, and we expect to arrive at our destination on time.

Froma Harrop: ‘Spiral of silence’ alive on social media

With folks yapping all day on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and the rest — how can there be such a thing as a “spiral of silence” online?

Walter E. Williams: Big money best way to influence Congress

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s [sic] special interests that have too much influence.”

Leonard Pitts: Rights not contingent upon background check

You’ve probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

Jonah Goldberg: Military dogs must be brought back home

We’ve all heard the expression: “A man’s best friend is his equipment.” You haven’t? Well you must not work for the Pentagon. There, military dogs are considered mere “equipment” and as such can be left behind when the troops come home.

Mary Sanchez: No typical U.S. family

The typical American family. Does that phrase mean anything to you? Can you picture what it looks like?

Linda Chavez: Can Obama win fight against extremists?

President Obama, in the past, has demonstrated a way with written words, and he’s done so again, this time in a joint op-ed with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron for The Times of London published on the eve of the recent NATO meeting in Wales.

Doyle McManus: Respite from being on Internet beneficial

Last year I ruined my summer vacation — a two-week idyll at my wife’s family cabin on a lake in northern Ontario — by bringing along a modern convenience that was too convenient for my own good: the demon iPad.

Guest column: Society’s future depends on educating all children

It is no accident that our nation’s commitment to a public government was very quickly followed by a commitment to a public education, accessible to all.

Steve Chapman: Politicians’ ignorance fuels the calls for war

The New York Times ran an unfair headline the other day: “Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.” It was unfair not because it was inaccurate but because the latter phrase suggested there was something noteworthy in our surprise. When it comes to events abroad, surprise is our natural state.

Jonah Goldberg: U.S. foreign policy not working

So much for non-ideological foreign policy. When Barack Obama ran for president he vowed to be non-ideological. He was a pragmatist and a problem-solver. It wasn’t just that George W. Bush’s ideology was awful, ideology itself was a kind of sinful stupidity.