It can be both illuminating and disconcerting to find practitioners of religions other than your own commenting on aspects of the faith you follow.
First, to save my soul - and to save my e-mail in-box from an overload of screeds from God-fearing folks - I offer this preface to today's column:
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. Before he harrumphed his way into the national political discussion, the whole "birther" issue had pretty much vanished from rational discussion. Columnists didn't want to write about it. Outside of a very few even on Fox News, the chattering classes were giving it a wide berth. And then, in steps The Donald and gives it the sort of treatment the folks who believe in it think it deserves, so now, of course, everyone is talking about it again. About time. I, for one, had missed it.
We parents of college students had better get the basements fixed up.
God bless Joe Wilson, the Republican congressman from South Carolina. He was acting the clown the other night when he heckled President Obama, but out of his foolishness perhaps a lesson might be learned.
Paul Krugman writes one of the best columns. I regularly read the New York Times writer just to disagree.
Green with envy I was, upon receiving the text message a friend sent me from an exclusive reserved section during Barack Obama's post-election gathering at Chicago's Grant Park.
I remember just a year or two ago when it felt like newspapers were the only industry facing financial catastrophe.
This one's personal. I'm getting married in June. That has nothing to do with sports, I know, nothing at all, but sometimes sports and life cross paths. Sometimes, among the field goals and infield flies and free throws, something beautiful emerges.
In the end, Casey Martin won, and nobody should be angry. The U.S. Magistrate ruled that Martin can ride a golf cart on the PGA Tour. That's all. He will get to live his lifelong dream of playing the best of professional golf.
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