Oscar Wilde once famously said the optimist sees the doughnut, and the pessimist sees the hole. Contemporary Washington is fixated on the holes even as doughnuts are arriving by the dozen.
For decades, many of America's finest minds have searched for that single idea, or perhaps set of them, that would ameliorate the growing instances of gun violence that have increasingly blighted our landscape. I don't count myself among the great minds, but I am observant. I notice ideas wh…
Recent reports of the teachers' strike in Chicago have led me to reflect on my own experience with educators through time. My mother was a teacher, as is my wife of 46 years.
It sometimes seems that we live in an age of political nihilism. Our elections are awash in special interest largess that funds ever more negative, and effective, campaigns that crown winners with titles but little else. Instead, victors preside over governments doomed to fail, so alienated …
"If the good people don't go into politics, the scoundrels
Snapshots of a legacy often come into focus over time. I think
of my youth when Harry Truman was the object of criticism. It took
a decade for the greatness of Truman's presidency to emerge and be
honored by the public.
Editor's note: The Star asked the author to comment on the
impending water issues in Arizona.
Udall Foundation Chair Terry Bracy last month told the 14th
class of Udall scholars about lessons learned from former Secretary
of the Interior Stewart L. Udall and his brother, former Rep.
Morris K. Udall, that have relevance today. Here are excerpts:
A new generation of a respected Western-states family with deep
Arizona roots — the Udalls — is seeking U.S. Senate seats. Their
election would mark a return of the "Udall Ethic" — conservation,
public service and consensus building — that was established by
Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall in…