Clarence Page: Trump, Sharpton have much in common

One of my favorite tunes in the super-hit musical Hamilton is a little ditty sung by King George III. He raises a very appropriate question for his former colonies today: What comes next?

Linda Chavez: America needs real debate on immigration

No issue has generated more heat in this year’s presidential election than immigration — but neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton shed much light on the issue in their third presidential debate.

Thomas Sowell: Left wing compassion for masses falls short

Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly.

Ross Ramsey: Lawmakers’ lavish benefit could get even bigger

Lawmakers, like all of us, would love to have free meals and fatter paychecks. Unlike many other Texans, their chances are pretty good.

Leonard Pitts: DuVernay’s ‘13th’ fits all the pieces together

In the end, she gives us grace. And by then, you really need it. The end credits roll over pictures celebrating everyday joys of African-American life. A beaming girl rides a pony. Boys flex. Fathers cuddle daughters.

Kathleen Parker: Don’t be afraid, be worried

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If I were to distill a recent public discussion about the state of our nation to one word, it would be “worried.” Not fearful, not angry, but worried — about the future; about an election season that has made evil-clown sightings seem weirdly apt; but mostly about what will happen after the election.

Walter E Williams: Protectionist regulations harmful to entrepreneurs

If a person wants to go into business as a taxicab owner, what requirements should be imposed to protect the public? The prospective taxicab owner should show that he is honest and can operate a vehicle safely. His vehicle should pass a safety inspection, and he should have a liability insurance policy.

Froma Harrop: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches were brilliant

I’ve dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton’s ‘‘secrecy problem’’ as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no obligation to disclose her mild pneumonia, a temporary ailment she was over in a few days.

Jonah Goldberg: Emails will poison a Clinton presidency

Sometimes you can’t just plan for the ball; you have to plan for the hangover, too. No matter how 2016 ends, there will be a headache that haunts the country for years to come.

Steve Chapman: Pro-lifers display fatal attraction to Trump

In 2003, Donald Trump recalled that he married Marla Maples because she was expecting. She was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant. He was not.

Don Duff: Property tax freeze must go on May ballot

The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. At stake, now, is whether or not to place the proposed property tax freeze for seniors and the disabled on the ballot next May.

Joanna Cattanach: Feature Hispanic artist carrying on tradition

On the surface, a feature story about a struggling Granbury artist “stumbling” on success would seem appropriate for the local newspaper. But for many, the smiling image of a white woman painting “skull family” portraits was a glaring example of cultural appropriation, not artistic achievement.

Trudy Rubin: Trump a threat to rule of law

Donald Trump’s threat to jail Hillary Clinton if he’s elected just underlined why he so admires that “strong leader” Vladimir Putin. No pesky checks on executive power when you operate out of the Kremlin. Send your opponents to Siberia and no one says “boo.”

Thomas Sowell: Words versus deeds matter in though race for president

Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.

Leonard Pitts: Where will Trump fans go when he implodes?

I used to love The X-Files. Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully’s search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy. But a few years on, after one too many red herrings and blind alleys of plot, it began to be obvious to me the conspiracy would never be unraveled — could never be unraveled — because unraveling it was not the point of the show.

Kathleen Parker: Grammar gives insight into people

My favorite bumper sticker I’ve never seen: Commas matter. So I’ve always thought, and do still believe with the passion of one whose knuckles were rapped for grammatical errors. I mean this only metaphorically — no bloody fingers — but using incorrect grammar was the Eighth Deadly Sin in my childhood home.

Ross Ramsey: Texas Republicans brace for Hurricane Donald

If not for the gravitational pull of their presidential nominee, Texas Republicans — some of them, anyway — would be enjoying this moment. Things have been going their way in their sometimes public, sometimes personal, legal battles.

Bobby J Rigues: Start honest conversation about special education

Recent articles in the Houston Chronicle placed a spotlight on the topic of special education in our public schools. Providing services to students with special needs is one of the most important functions of public education. It is also one of the most complex.

Jonah Goldberg: GOP star benefits from double standards

“You can do anything. Grab them by the [genitals]. You can do anything.” That was Donald Trump explaining to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood what it’s like “when you’re a star” in the now-infamous hot-mic incident 11 years ago. The remarks have been somewhat misunderstood by Trump critics and defenders alike.

Froma Harrop: Keeping Donald afloat important to Democrats

The post-debate consensus held that Donald stopped the heavy bleeding and Hillary Clinton was cautious. She didn’t bait him with anything new and left the heavier fire for the second half, thus helping the Trump candidacy live to self-destruct another day.

Steve Chapman: What you do know can also hurt you

We live in the information age, which is called that for the same reason the ice age got its name: an overwhelming proliferation of the stuff. We automatically assume that more information is better than less. But as the dinosaurs learned about ice, even something useful can be dangerous in excess.

Walter E. Williams: Hold kids to same behavioral standards

Detroit school students, represented by the Los Angeles-based public interest firm Public Counsel, filed suit last month against the state of Michigan, claiming a legal right to literacy based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Clarence Page: Donald Trump releases his inner gorilla

British politician Nigel Farage is a big fan of Donald Trump, although he chose an odd way to express it while chatting with reporters backstage after Sunday’s presidential debate.

Thomas Sowell: Diversity of ideas gets no respect on campuses

Back in the days of the Cold War between the communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an ‘‘Iron Curtain,’’ isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.

Leonard Pitts: Trump a really poor excuse for a man

Look, I’m a guy, all right? So I’ve spent a lot of time doing guy things in guy places: barbershops, locker rooms, even men’s prisons. Back during my music critic days, I hung out backstage with a veritable army of rock lords and soul men.

Kathleen Parker: Weighty remarks give some insight into Trump

Only in the strangest-ever presidential election could a former beauty queen’s weight be considered a deal-breaking issue of, if I may, gargantuan proportions. Pretend it’s two weeks ago: Who is Alicia Machado? Now: How happy is Alicia Machado?

Mary Sanchez: GOP better think twice about ‘that Mexican thing’

Gov. Mike Pence, warn your buddy Donald Trump. That Mexican Thing you mentioned in the vice presidential debate — it’s coming for you.

Jonah Goldberg: Support from Gore not a game-changer for Clinton

The Hillary Clinton campaign is deploying former Vice President Al Gore to rev up the youth vote, the Washington Post reported recently. Stop laughing.

Steve Chapman: Afghan war a 15-year failure for America

There is a perverse symmetry on display in Afghanistan right now. Fifteen years ago, American warplanes bombed targets there, beginning an offensive against the Taliban government and al-Qaida precipitated by the 9/11 attacks. Last week, they were in action once again.

Froma Harrop: More states should ban the death penalty

Most of the civilized world has come to regard killing someone held in captivity as barbaric. The death penalty has been abolished in the European Union and 19 U.S. states. Governors in four states that do permit capital punishment — Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington — have imposed a moratorium on executions.

Guest Column: Rayburn-Palmer relationship finally comes to light

Sam Rayburn was a congressman from northeast Texas for nearly 50 years. He was also the longest-serving speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in American history.

Linda Chavez: Stakes high for Trump, Clinton in s2nd debate

The stakes couldn’t be higher for both presidential candidates today when they meet for their second debate. Hillary Clinton is up in national polls and in most battleground states after Donald Trump’s disastrous meltdown in their first debate, but voters are still less than enthusiastic about her.

Trudy Rubin: Help keep Shimon Peres’ dream alive

World leaders assembled in Israel recently for the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres were mourning more than his passing.

Ross Ramsey: Holding Texas lawmakers accountable not simple

Instead of talking about the things that candidates want to do, maybe we should talk about the things they’re doing.

Walter E. Williams: Racists can’t trust free markets to discriminate

I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land.

Clarence Page: Donald Trump gets stop-and-frisk wrong

As with many topics, Donald Trump doesn’t know much about the policing policy widely known as “stop-and-frisk,” but that doesn’t deter him one bit from Trump-splaining it to us with unbridled self-confidence.

Thomas Sowell: Once-famous Dunbar High loses luster after 100 years

One hundred years ago, on Oct. 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C., and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.

Annetta Ramsay: New city manager must meet high standards

Denton is searching for a new city manager. The successful candidate will sit atop the management staff at City Hall and will set the organization’s professional standards for years to come.

Jolanta Cichon:Early detection key to fighting breast cancer

In the U.S., 1 in 8 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. While awareness of breast cancer has improved, the disease unfortunately remains the second-deadliest cancer among American women.

Steve Chapman: Trump's fat comments may backfire

Anyone remember Jon Corzine? He was a wealthy investment banker who went into politics, spent huge sums of his own money and got elected U.S. senator and then governor of New Jersey. But in 2009, facing a challenge from Republican Chris Christie, he decided to make an issue of his opponent’s weight.

Mary Sanchez: We must safeguard vote to protect democracy

How vulnerable to tampering or malfunction will our electoral system be Nov. 8 when millions show up to cast their ballots? It’s a topic of considerable interest.“I’m afraid the election is going to be...

Trudy Rubin: The Donald doesn’t see big picture

Even Trump supporters are bemoaning the fact that The Donald refused to prep sufficiently for the first presidential debate. But his lapse was more than a display intellectual laziness. It goes to the heart of why a President Trump would endanger American security and why he must never become America’s commander-in-chief.

Jonah Goldberg: Congress gives Obama a ‘dis’ best served cold

“Congress’ overwhelming rebuke of President Barack Obama on a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia — and the bitter finger-pointing that followed — was a fitting coda to the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama White House and Capitol Hill.” Thus began a Politico article by Seung Min Kim posted recently.

Froma Harrop: Debate shows decline, likely fall of Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: ‘‘Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control — and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind.’’

Clarence Page: Trump lost the battle against himself

Like countless other viewers, I wondered which Donald Trump would show up to debate Hillary Clinton: hyper Donald or sedate Donald.

Linda Chavez: Law and order: good issue, bad messengers

Channeling Richard M. Nixon from the 1968 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has tried to make ‘‘law and order’’ one of his signature issues. In Monday’s debate, Trump claimed that ‘‘African-Americans [and] Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.’’

Steve Chapman: A bad new president can’t ruin everything

Monday’s presidential debate probably did not cheer up voters who see the election as a choice between diabetes and terminal cancer — an awful affliction versus a fatal one. But at times like this, it is useful to remember that many things are beyond the control of the person occupying the Oval Office, some of which are welcome.

Ross Ramsey: ‘Local’ can be dirty word at state Capitol

“Local” might be the byword for fancy farm-to-market restaurants, but it can be a dirty word at the Texas Capitol.

Thomas Sowell: ‘Favors’ to blacks do more harm in America

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, ‘‘I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.’’

Froma Harrop: Could California lower drug prices for us all?

California may soon drive a hole through Washington’s tolerance for — and protection of — price gouging on drugs. A measure on the November ballot, Proposition 61, would bar state agencies from paying more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does.