Walter E. Williams: Women in combat will cost more lives

War is nasty, brutal and costly.

Clarence Page: Clinton shows willingness to regulate guns

After a gunman killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed a new attitude on gun control. She sounds a lot like President Barack Obama’s new attitude on immigration: If Congress doesn’t act, she says, she will.

Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging product of U.S. politics

If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli — a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world — has saved Tinseltown the trouble.

Steve Chapman: Let Putin get stuck with Syria's problems

Vladimir Putin is having a field day in the Middle East. He has sent Russian planes to bomb rebels in Syria. He has reached an intelligence-sharing agreement with Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Jonah Goldberg: Obama prefers politicizing to actual politics

President Obama was right. He was right when, just a few hours after the horrible shooting in Oregon, he decried the fact that such slaughters have become “routine.” He was even right, in a sense, when he defended politicizing the tragedy.

Leonard Pitts: Boehner’s departure doesn’t help America

Wonderful. That’s just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision. But with the recent fall of House Speaker John Boehner — more accurately, with his decision to resign because life is too short for Ted Cruz — that is precisely what conservatives now have. It is a development with sobering implications far beyond the political right.

Thomas Sowell: GOP must tell voters about issues

The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something.

Jolanta Cichon: Take steps to reduce breast cancer risks

In the U.S., one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.

Linda Chavez: Trump’s immigration plan would harm U.S.

Donald Trump may have a reputation for making things bigger, but when it comes to his plans for the U.S., he wants to shrink it. He says his tax plan will spur economic growth to 6 percent a year — a level not seen in more than a decade. But it’s hard to imagine how he will do so given his signature issue, which is reducing immigration.

Rudy Rodriguez Jr.: Foundation offers aid in honor of friend

An editorial on this page recently introduced you to the Denton High School Family Assistance Foundation, a one-year-old charity formed with the mission of providing financial or other assistance to members of the Denton High School family — current and former students, faculty and staff — and their families in times of serious medical or other crises.

Kathleen Parker: Republican ‘brat pack’ offers little

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s “Freedom Caucus,” which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car. Now what?

Susan Estrich: Families can overcome problems from divorce

There is a lot going on in the world, and most of it seems frightening, depressing and utterly beyond our control. So if you have not heard, let me tell you about a really wonderful thing that happened recently, a reminder of what matters most.

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Trudy Rubin: Two leaders worlds apart in many ways

When Chinese President Xi Jinping’s handlers arranged his flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C., recently, they made sure he would land after Pope Francis had left. Xi didn’t want to be overshadowed by the rock-star pope.

Clarence Page: Say no ‘free stuff’ for anybody in U.S., Jeb

Jeb Bush wants you to know that he’s not running for president in order to give “free stuff” to black folks. I don’t have a problem with that, as long as he says he won’t give any free stuff to white folks, either.

Froma Harrop: College students real victims of censorship

The 2015-16 academic year has opened with a predictable collection of demands for banning certain views, often involving sexual or racial matters. Many are couched in convoluted claims that disagreeable speech is making students feel “unsafe.”

Jonah Goldberg: Solution found for VA problem

There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Falsifying records won’t do it.

Leonard Pitts: Justice still denied for ‘Groveland Four’

It was the road sign that made it real.

Steve Chapman: No time to skimp on foreign aid

When it comes to war, Americans are heroically indifferent to cost. Our ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan cost at least $4 trillion, but the price tags were barely considered beforehand — or after.

Kathleen Parker: Francis tries to provide all a moral compass

WASHINGTON — “Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid,” my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people’s parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.

Naomi Wood: Group seeks to empower women to run for office

In December of 2014, sitting at my desk, I found myself on the city of Denton website staring at an all-male council and mayor. While we’ve elected two new lady politicians to the council since that time, an all-male cohort isn’t unique in politics by any measure.

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Thomas Sowell: 'Affordable housing' a deception

Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters.

Clarence Page: Shkreli gives free markets a bad name

If Martin Shkreli is not the most hated man in America, he must at least be first runner-up.

Walter E. Williams: Liberal reasoning: idiotic or dishonest?

Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about the truth of that.

Froma Harrop: Obamacare a good program to build upon

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.

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Linda Chavez: Pope misses opportunity to address issue of life

As a conservative, it is difficult not to be somewhat disappointed in Pope Francis’ recent speech to Congress. But as a Catholic, I want to embrace the pope’s pastoral message and hope others will, too.

Trudy Rubin: U.S. must step up to help settle refugees

The desperate refugees setting sail on rickety boats and scaling barbed-wire fences to enter the European Union come predominantly from Syria. This crisis won’t end soon, because the Syrian conflict isn’t going to end soon.

Mary Sanchez: Pope Francis prods Congress’ conscience

Wouldn’t it be grand if Pope Francis could be a recurring visitor to the U.S. Congress, a sort of spiritual superintendent who occasionally drops in to chide, cajole and mostly just remind our legislators when their actions don’t promote the common good? What kind of country would we become?

Steve Chapman: Fears over 'right-to-die' measures not realized

Life is a gift that can also become an intolerable burden. For those afflicted with terminal diseases, the grim approach of death is accompanied by what, for some, is the unbearable prospect of pain, confusion and helplessness. If death can’t be avoided, they would like to decide how and when it comes.

Leonard Pitts: Website hack marks loss of privacy, common sense

This is an elegy for John Gibson.

Jonah Goldberg: Migrants must wait their turn

Most of the Syrians we see on the nightly news and on newspaper front pages are not fleeing war-torn Syria. The 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi (whose real name is Alan Shenu) whose heartrending death was broadcast around the world was not fleeing Syria. He’d lived his whole short life in Turkey, where his parents had been living in safety.

Volunteer to help make children’s lives better

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.

Kathleen Parker: Fairy tales pop up in paradise

WASHINGTON — Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.

Walter E. Williams: Blacks didn’t always face problems like we see today

Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery.

Clarence Page: Candidates trample facts

“Facts are stubborn things,” goes an old saying that President Ronald Reagan liked to quote. Unfortunately, so are cherished myths. Remember how during his 2008 presidential bid Sen. John McCain courageously corrected a woman at a town hall meeting who said that then-candidate Barack Obama was “an Arab”?

Susan Estrich: Millions helped by Planned Parenthood

It wasn’t just the Republican candidates who, with one exception, went out of their ways to outdo one another in their condemnation of an organization that is the sole provider of basic gynecological, obstetric and preventive care services to millions of American men and women.

Thomas Sowell: The left has its pope

Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. We can no doubt expect more of the same during his visit to the United States.

Trudy Rubin: Pope takes the pulpit for social justice

Any pope who travels from Havana to the United States on a mission to persuade Congress to uplift the poor and address global warming has to be pretty audacious. So on his coming trip, Pope Francis will no doubt spark speculation about his potential for diplomatic miracles.

Steve Chapman: Silver tongue, steely gaze mask Fiorina’s flaws

It’s easy to see why many Republican voters are newly taken with Carly Fiorina. She is a superb debater, with a steely gaze, a flawless delivery and a mastery of talking points. She knows what she wants to say and how to command attention. She exudes a bulletproof aura that inspires confidence.

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Jonah Goldberg: Ironies proliferate in Obama era

The news that the Obama administration has spent $500 million to put “four or five” fighters on the ground in Syria adds an almost comic irony to what is ultimately a tragic farce.

Leonard Pitts: Fear makes us stupid

America is not a brave nation. Yes, that’s a heretical thing to say. Yes, our military is the world’s finest and our servicewomen and men provide daily examples of incontestable courage. Yes, police officers brave bullets, firefighters rush into burning buildings and ordinary Janes stand in harm’s way to save complete strangers on a routine basis. Yes, there are brave people all over this country, people who put self second every day.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Take the first step to voting — register

I haven’t done the math, but if I did, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I missed more elections than I’ve voted in over the years.

Kathleen Parker: $10 question reveals GOP candidates' intentions

WASHINGTON — Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person’s character — or at least his or her intentions.

Linda Chavez: Smart money's on Rubio or Fiorina

If anyone was in doubt that presidential politics is an endurance test, Wednesday’s GOP debate surely proved it.

Mary Sanchez: Debate shows GOP shift on war on drugs

Of all the GOP presidential candidate soliloquies that began with “I’m the only one on this stage … ,” one such story actually hit home Wednesday night.

Leonard Pitts: Reform needed to weed out bad cops

He was not a terrorist with a dirty bomb in his suitcase.

Thomas Sowell: Having equal opportunity doesn't lead to equal outcomes

A hostile review of my new book — Wealth, Poverty and Politics — said, “there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable.”