Wednesday, November 25

Opinion Columnists

GUNTER: The continuing pandemic debate about wearing masks
Columnists, Coronavirus, Opinion Columnists

GUNTER: The continuing pandemic debate about wearing masks

We have to take the politics out of COVID masks.The police shooting of a man in Ontario who refused to wear a mask while grocery shopping shows the extremes to which the mask debate has gone.The shooting was the man’s own fault, according to official reports.After the man assaulted workers at Easton’s Valu-Mart in Minden, Ont. he drove to his home where he lie in wait for police, armed. When Ontario Provincial Police officers arrived, he shot at them.Police returned fire, killing the suspect.This incident is most likely the result of frustration with lockdowns piled on top of underlying mental health issues.However, to the extent similar, non-lethal incidents derive from a misguided belief that we have an individual right to stay maskless, they have to stop.None of us has a const...
Columnists, Opinion Columnists, Racism and Bigotry

ELDER: The problem with politically correct history

Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man “devil.” After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of “the chickens coming home to roost.”In Spike Lee’s biographical drama, “Malcolm X,” a white teenage girl approaches the angry activist and says: “Excuse me, Mr. X. Hi. I’ve read some of your speeches, and I honestly believe that a lot of what you have to say is true. And I’m a good person, in spite of what my ancestors did, and I just — I wanted to ask you, what can a white person like myself who isn’t prejudiced, what can I do to help you … further your cause?” He stares sternly, and replies, “Nothing.” She leaves in tears.But Malcolm X changed. He visited Mecca, where he saw people of all ...
Columnists, federal government, Justin Trudeau, Opinion Columnists, Political Ethics

GUNTER: Here’s why Trudeau keeps making ethics blunders

On Wednesday, during one of the House of Common’s rare sitting days permitted by our current Liberal minority government, there was an exchange between Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that does as much as anything to explain why Trudeau keeps making ethics blunders.It also explains why Liberal voters continue to stand by him.Scheer asked the PM whether he would waive “privileges and confidences” in the ethics commissioner’s investigation of the WE Charity scandal.“Privileges and confidences” refers, mostly, to rules governing the confidentiality of cabinet discussions. What ministers say at cabinet and among themselves (and in many cases with senior civil servants) cannot be divulged to the public until decades later.Like doctor-patient and law...
Columnists, Opinion Columnists, U.S. Presidential Election, Us Politics

HANSON: 2020 election will be a contest of the angry

The previous 2020 election was alleged to be about many acquainted points. It's not any extra.Up till now, the candidates themselves would supposedly be the story in November. The left had cited Trump’s tweets and erratic firings as home windows into his darkish soul.The precise had replied that an addled and befuddled Joe Biden was not likely a candidate in any respect.As an alternative he was a mere facsimile who must be carried to the Election Day on the shoulders of the Democratic social gathering, solely shortly to fade away.Then a radical vice chairman quickly might implement a hard-left agenda by succession what she couldn't via election.Points themselves are now not more likely to determine the election both. Not way back progressives argued that the miracle Trump economi...
Columnists, Opinion Columnists, Racism and Bigotry

ELDER: ‘Uncle Tom,’ the movie

On June 19, also referred to as Juneteenth, the celebration of the tip of slavery in america, we launched our movie, “Uncle Tom.” It follows a younger, black, Christian contractor, Chad Jackson, who was a long-time Democrat till challenged by a fellow Christian to learn the platforms of the Democratic and Republican events.He did.Jackson was shocked to find that his help for restricted authorities, low taxes and college selection, and his opposition to abortion on demand, made him a … Republican!“Uncle Tom” explores the often-vicious blowback Jackson acquired from family and friends, not to mention others, when he introduced his conversion. As an alternative of Jackson’s evolution sparking a wholesome dialogue about which occasion’s insurance policies higher advance the pursuits ...