House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office “prayerfully,” “sadly” and “with a heavy heart.” In fact, as anyone who has been watching knows, many Democrats have been itching to impeach Trump since the day he took office. 

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HANOVER, N.H. — Al Foley, who taught history in these parts for decades and still is remembered in song and lore, was one of the great up-country raconteurs of his time. He died in 1978, but I met him once and, like so many others marinated in the folklore of this rugged state, I knew by hea…

CHICAGO — For some reason, the very first thing I noticed on my early morning visit to the beautiful St. John Cantius Church was a statue tucked away in a corner, between two confessionals. It depicts Jesus comforting the prodigal son, from the Gospel parable. It seemed to speak so much abou…

As the impeachment hearings concluded, committee chairman Adam Schiff discussed the difference between the Watergate scandal, which forced President Richard Nixon from office in 1974, and the current case against President Trump.

I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving holiday! We have so much to be thankful for. I have traveled quite a bit in the Third World and have seen poverty that makes most of our poor look downright wealthy, materially-speaking. (I say “materially-speaking” because some of the richest-i…

We’re almost halfway through the school year. Teachers have been putting in long hours inside and outside of the school day to prepare lessons, grade papers and more.

It is a simple request, embodied in a one-syllable, five-letter word. Yet, it is potentially sobering, whether perused by an individual, or considered by an entire nation, or even the world.

As people race to organize the last details on travel, get-togethers, and gather last-minute ingredients, the nation again marks the Fourth Thursday in November as a day to pause and consider what really matters in life. For a day, a busy nation tries to pause for a moment to consider all th…

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it’s the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is a most American holiday.

“Black Friday” has become very well-known and even expected. Merchants trying to get a jump on Christmas shopping have coined the title, “Black Friday.” Our culture continues to push a secular agenda on all of us. Now the press of shopping is crowding out a time of personal reflection on the…

That Gilbert and Sullivan song carries a lot of thought behind it, especially as far as I am concerned. I have seen a lot of water run under and over the bridge since I was a lad. Fortunately or maybe not, I have seen a lot happen over my more than 80 winters.

Holidays can present special challenges for those who live with diabetes, particularly as people look for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices while they navigate all the indulgences of the season.

Texas law enforcement agencies are using a loophole in the Public Information Act to conceal vital information about in-custody deaths. The exemption permits sheriffs, police chiefs, and district attorneys to withhold documents on cases that don’t result in a criminal conviction or deferred …

“Discouragement is a form of pride; sadness is often caused by our egotism.” That sort of leaped off the page as I was recently doing a little reading of the work of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, to mark the news that before the year is through, he will have made a big step toward bei…

Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment “prayerfully,” and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible. 

Every day I thank the Lord for the blessings of this life. I know that everything that I enjoy is from His hand. We all enjoy the blessings of our sovereign God. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote the reality of God’s sovereign actions in the midst of his suffering. Jeremiah said, “Who has spoken an…

With each approaching Thanksgiving, I not only have more blessings to be grateful for, but my past blessings often evoke even deeper gratitude. My thankfulness is both multiplied and enriched.    

What happens to soldiers once the wars end, the parades pass by, and the accolades fade away? The rent is still due, the old injuries still ache, and the nightmares remain. This is what many veterans face, but it was an even more pronounced situation for Texas native Calvin Graham, who at 12…

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Years and other holidays are great opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends, to celebrate life, to be grateful and to reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate — and safeguard — the gift of health.

While waiting for a car at Union Station last Thursday night, I was treated to a giant TV screen playing Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony from last year against then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh — now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The display had been arranged by feminists to protest th…

William B. Taylor has served his country for more than 50 years — first as an infantry officer in Vietnam, and later as a diplomat in perilous places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Today he runs the American embassy in Ukraine, and when he testified last week as part of the House impeachment inq…

“How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!” insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!”

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Why should we care today about a general strike in a faraway city on the remote Canadian plains exactly a century ago? Why should the fact that it lasted six weeks and involved 36,000 strikers — or even that it produced at least four novels — interrupt our preoccupations…

I had an overwhelming 48 hours in Washington, D.C. recently — a couple days that flew in the face of the cynicism we tend to feel about the place. Juan, who gave me a hug while he was waiting outside the homeless shelter, was a part of that, and so was Ivanka Trump.

During World War II, the United States was encouraging every able-bodied man to enlist. However, swept up in the patriotism of the time and seeing the dangers the nation faced, many boys under 18 also enlisted, often without the military ever realizing. The youngest of these enlistees was a …

Teyve had it right when he sang about tradition in “Fiddler.” Some traditions just seem to fit while others, maybe not so much.

The year 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America. The 102 passengers and 30 crewmembers set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England in September of 1620. Following their 66-day sea voyage, they arrived in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in November of 1620. While s…

If you’re looking for a shortcut to get your kid into a prestigious college, but your little one doesn’t have high enough cheekbones to claim to be an Indian, consider the petal-strewn path of the newly elected San Francisco district attorney, Chesa Boudin.

Okay, after a one-column break to indulge in a little Halloween silliness, we’re back to Part 4 of my “A Calm Assessment ...” series. I finished “A Calm Assessment, Part 3” with “In the next two columns [of this series], I will address the remaining five reasons our country is so unsettled: …

MONTREAL — In a classic start-up setting — in a former textile plant four miles from where the first hockey match was played a century and a half ago — a group of high-tech computer engineers are changing Canada’s most revered pastime. 

WARNING: Parts of this column may bear strong resemblance to my earlier columns when Michael Bloomberg toyed with running for president, because with Bloomberg, history has a way of repeating itself.

Four-hundred forty-two thousand: That’s roughly the number of children in foster care in America. I was with a former foster child, now a mother herself, earlier this month. We were screening a short, powerful documentary called “I Lived on Parker Avenue,” about the challenges and rewards of…

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Sharon Forbes, 76, of Weatherford, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. No services are scheduled at this time. Sharon was born June 20, 1943 in Borger, Texas to Odis Adkins and Ruby Malone Adkins. She was a devoted housewife and mother, and enjoyed spending time with her family. Sharon …

Gerald Deene Springer, 85, passed away Saturday November 30, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, December 7th in Oakland Cemetery. Gerald was born October 7, 1934 in Alabama but was a longtime resident of Weatherford. He attended Weatherford High School and later atten…