“From my dead hands, Mr. Gore.” — Charlton Heston while lifting a rifle

True story. Once, my wife and I were on a long car ride. Somehow the conversation turned to religion. Not any specific religion, just the institution of religion in all its forms across the world. She asked me, “So overall, do you think religion has been beneficial or harmful to the human race?”

It has always struck me that the Christian fable of the Garden of Eden — the transgression of Adam and Eve and the ensuing doctrine of the transmission of original sin to all mankind — rested upon a deep misunderstanding of human nature. Admittedly there are people — such as the current pres…

The sacrifices families make when their loved ones serve in our nation’s Armed Forces are incredibly understated. Military families raise children and hold together households while their loved ones are far from home. They endure sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones serving in ha…

Larry Burden, a local writer from Downey, had a column in the Sunday Journal a couple weeks ago. He titled it “Holy cow: America’s actual flatulence problem.” He cited some figures about cattle and greenhouse gases that shocked me.

The news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg experienced a second bout of pancreatic cancer this year was a triple blow for me. First, she has been a long-time champion for the rights of women and minorities, and we need her on the Supreme Court to continue that work. Second, it is likely her v…

“It is not just an accident that in our age inflation has become the accepted method of monetary management. Inflation is the fiscal complement of statism and arbitrary government. It is a cog in the complex of policies and institutions that gradually lead toward totalitarianism.”

This Friday on Sept. 20 adults will finally begin behaving as though their house is on fire, because in the words of activist Greta Thunberg, indeed, “Our house is on fire.” Thunberg, now 16, protested in front of the Swedish Parliament for three weeks a year ago, calling for leaders to stop…

The bell rang. It didn’t mean anything to us. Jeremy asked me to go with him outside to see his new bike. Why not? We walked out the front door of Irving kindergarten and marched down the cement stairs past the friendly blue dragon painted on the outside wall until we reached the metal bike …

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV recently was not a debate — not even close.

At some point in our lives we’ve all probably been around one of those guys who is clearly intellectually challenged yet loves to call other people names like “stupid” “moron” or “loser” while apparently oblivious to the irony of his comments.

Idaho has undertaken a crusade to rid its businesses of government red tape and burdensome, purposeless administrative rules. The governor and Legislature have celebrated the elimination or simplification of about 40% of the state government’s rules and are taking aim at another 15 to 20 per…

When I arrived in Copenhagen as a Rotary fellow in 1966, I was told that the best place to meet people was the International Student Center. There I met a young man from Palestine who said he was a Christian and stateless.

It’s been a long time since an Idaho criminal court case has riled so many across the state. But the recent federal court rulings requiring Idaho to pay for sex-change surgery of a child sex-abuser felon has brought wide, visceral and almost wholly negative responses.

There’s a room of shadows that gets so dark brother. It’s easy for two people to lose each other...