Mary Sanchez: Bob Dole a lot wiser than fellow Republicans

Twitter can be so comical and so heartless, all at once. When Bob Dole began trending recently, the wisecracks began to roll.

Trudy Rubin: Help for Sunni key to battle

How should the United States respond to Islamic State attacks in Paris?

Clarence Page: ‘President Trump?’ Time to get used to it

President Donald Trump? Surely I jest? I wish.

Steve Chapman: Thank the people who influenced your life

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, so let me suggest that you do something you may never have done before on this occasion: Give thanks.

Jonah Goldberg: Too late for Carson to catch up on homework

A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No.

Susan Estrich: Let us try to see the glass as half full

Like many people, I have a tendency to spend more time thinking about what’s wrong than what’s right, what’s missing rather than what is there, what I don’t have instead of what I do.

Walter E. Williams: Attacks on our founders often show little merit

Many of my columns speak highly of the wisdom of our nation’s founders.

Leonard Pitts: This one’s for the Charlie Brown kids

“You were my little red-headed girl.”

Linda Chavez: U.S. must root out Islamic State on ground

President Barack Obama has a choice: He can either destroy the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq or see the Islamic State bring its war to America. It is only a matter of time.

Froma Harrop: Company, contentment key to well-being

Like many others, I can’t resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I’m always on the lookout for pointers.

Thomas Sowell: Political translations require some hard thought

It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Barack Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly?

Clarence Page: Politicians run against Syrian refugees

America’s refugee screening process is so tight — only about half are accepted after a process that can take two years or more — that it probably would be easier for the Islamic State to sneak a jihadi terrorist in by rowboat.

Mary Sanchez: The injustices of 1942 may be repeated

This is how fearmongering works. The year could be 1942 … or 2015. “I’m reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Kathleen Parker: Crazy is as crazy does

One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked up, each incident feeding on the previous. Fear takes hold, momentum builds. Rhetoric flies in the face of reason, until all reason abandons the field.

Steve Chapman: Realism in fighting Islamic State

After a bloody series of terrorist attacks, the natural impulse is to respond with overwhelming force to make sure they never happen again.

Leonard Pitts: Let’s start to worry about people’s rights

“Let’s stop worrying about people’s rights.”

Doyle McManus: GOP reps are scared of the wrong people

Judging from some of the more extreme rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail, the biggest threat to U.S. national security today comes from frightened Syrian families fleeing the brutality of Islamic State.

Froma Harrop: Paris attacks a global security ‘game-changer’

Many French people referred to the January attacks on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and other sites as their 9/11. As awful as that time was, it was not a 9/11. Seventeen people died that day.

Linda Chavez: Missouri not living up to nickname

Racial unrest on college campuses has spread from coast to coast in the past several days, but it began at the University of Missouri, where a graduate student went on a hunger strike to force the resignation of the college president.

Kathleen Parker: True Trump reveals himself in visit to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — You can’t drive far in these parts without seeing Ben Carson on a billboard, looking more like a man of the cloth than of the operating room.

Brian Manhart: Three steps you can take to become an Irondad

I’m a dad, husband, business owner and bicyclist. Every October, my wife and I are brought to tears as we watch the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Every athlete competes in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run. Ironman provides a fascinating opportunity to witness real people push personal limits to the extreme.

Jonah Goldberg: Obama stubbornly sticks to script on IS

According to legend, if not actual historians, Harold Macmillan was once asked what he most feared could derail his agenda. The British prime minister allegedly said, “Events, my dear boy, events.”

Clarence Page: Missouri protest a teachable moment

Two important principles are clashing on university campuses these days from Yale to Missouri and beyond. On one side we have the principle of free expression. On the other, the principle that minority students — and their allies — should have “safe spaces,” protected from “micro-aggressions” and other tone-deaf insults.

Thomas Sowell: Flaps tell us more about media than Ben Carson

Ben Carson’s whole life has been very unusual, so perhaps we should not be surprised to see the latest twist — the media going ballistic over discrepancies in a few things he said.

Steve Chapman: Tax-cut fantasies abound forRepublicans

The Republican presidential candidates have not rallied behind Ben Carson in his clash with the news media, but they should be grateful to him. His misrepresentation of reality on matters concerning his past has distracted attention from his rivals’ misrepresentations of reality on a matter concerning the nation’s future: tax policy.

Leonard Pitts: Fact no match for fear

It was the kind of a statistic that would have left a sane country stunned and shamed. This country barely noticed it.

Devin Taylor and Adam Briggle: Time to ride wave of renewable energy

The recently proposed Renewable Denton Plan would increase our use of solar and wind power from 40 percent of our electricity portfolio to 70 percent. And it would nearly eliminate our dependence on coal. This is the right kind of thinking. Denton should be on the road to 100 percent renewables.

Kathleen Parker: New book unleashes Bushes to speak minds

WASHINGTON — If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops.

Other voices

Jonah Goldberg: Netanyahu right about Middle East situation

Americans could learn a thing or two from Bibi Netanyahu.

Walter E. Williams: Illegal immigrants undermine U.S. voting

Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that’s because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued identification.

Mary Sanchez: Nitpicky town ordinances can become oppressive

The tiny town of Pagedale, Mo., would make a good setting for an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Steve Chapman: On pot, can we keep up with the neighbors?

Canada was recently ranked the freest country in the world, but newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t about to let it rest on its maple leaves. He won the October national elections after proposing something no major American presidential nominee has ever dared to endorse: legalizing marijuana.

Kelley Shannon: Tips help fulfill public’s right to know

If you’ve seen news reports on suspicious state contracts or chemical waste pits or officials’ text messages in the Waco biker shootout, you may notice a recurring theme: Government records obtained through the Texas Public Information Act.

Eliseo Cantu Jr.: Thank a veteran today for service to U.S.

Since 1927, the Texas Veterans Commission has been leading the way in veterans services.

Trudy Rubin: Chalabi's legacy still haunts Iraq

Let us pause to mark the death of Ahmad Chalabi, the suave Iraqi exile beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and top Bush administration officials.

Kathleen Parker: U.S. needs leader who understands big picture

WASHINGTON — As Republican presidential candidates debate the debates, roiling and railing against the unfairness of it all, campaigns have been busy rebooting candidates and crafting fresh slogans.

Froma Harrop: Regulate emotions to curb procrastination

I came upon this article on procrastination and saved it for “later reading.” Ha-ha-ha. Procrastination jokes are one of the best ways of putting off work.

Linda Chavez: Iranians now getting away with murder of refugees

The deaths of Middle Eastern refugees are becoming so commonplace they rarely make it on to the front pages in the United States. However, the deaths of 23 refugees in a rocket attack in Iraq on Oct. 29 should have been the exception.

Clarence Page: ‘Lame-stream media’ charge gets really lame

Republican presidential candidates may have some legitimate complaints to make about media bias, but sometimes I think they protest too much.

Thomas Sowell: U.S. needs solution for disruptive students

A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used “excessive force.”

Naomi Wood: Paid parental leave policy good for all

Paid parental leave has been offered as a compulsory benefit in most industrialized countries for decades. However, in the United States, this is far from the case.

Mary Sanchez: Greeks back wrong campus sexual assault bill

Fraternities and sororities have a choice. Either they can be part of the solution to campus sexual assaults or they can choose to be part of the problem.

Steve Chapman: Transgender students in locker rooms complex issue

High school locker rooms are not places kids go to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Walter E. Williams: Behavioral reputations help guide perceptions

Hillary Clinton told a mixed audience, “I mean, if we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”

Leonard Pitts: Reality of implicit race bias documented

Two groups of young men are walking on opposite sides of the street. One group is black, the other, white.

Kathleen Parker: Bush’s weak attack puts Rubio ahead

WASHINGTON — Soon after the latest Republican debate, the phone rang: “Did the fat lady sing?” asked the voice on the other end.

Other Voices

Jonah Goldberg: Right-wing minority actually no contradiction

Here’s something you may not know: Dr. Ben Carson is black.

Susan Estrich: Clinton throws down the gender card

Here’s the setup. Hillary Clinton has been pointing out that her opponent Bernie Sanders, the darling of the left, has actually opposed gun control.