The annual approach of 9/11 brought memories, news recaps and, best of all, in some ways, speculation -- as in, what’s the matter with Americans today? Where’s now the national

You’ve got to give former President Barack Obama credit; at least he’s consistent. When he came into office, the economy was in a deep recession that began when financial markets

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst

This week, the State Board of Education will consider whether to remove William B. Travis’ famous “Victory or Death” letter from the Texas public school curriculum requirements. We see the

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field. That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own

John McCain’s exit from life and politics has commentators of all sorts falling into interpretive contortions. “I opposed him, but ...” “I liked him in spite of ...” It was

In August 2006, during another period when drought conditions gripped the state, the Dispatch Record worked with County Judge Ed Lilley to help draft a resolution calling for a local

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following prayer, written in 1935 by journalist W. L. White, and published on a number of occasions, has been credited with breaking droughts in Kansas and West