In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.”
What do you say to someone who just lost their house? Is there some small gesture, some kindness that might help? The usual condolences don’t seem to suffice. Their home, something central to their life and identity, has been erased. The artifacts of their life history have mostly disappeared. Just the memories remain. “I’m so sorry for your loss,” doesn’t rise very high.
Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’ disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.
Our symbols count. A Confederate battle flag raised over a southern statehouse at the height of the civil rights movement sent a message — defiance of federal authority, and support for the brutal subjugation of a race. The flag sent that message in 1861, 1961, and still today. We are not sorry to see it go.
Here we go again. In less than 100 days one of the federal government’s most successful conservation funds will disappear, unless Congress can move beyond its hidebound paralysis and act. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established at the urging of Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in 1964. It diverts a portion of federal oil and gas lease revenue to local conservation projects. In Washington alone it has provided more than $600 million in grants, funding projects from Lake Wenatchee State Park to Blackbird Island to Lake Chelan. It ...
Praise and plaudits continue to flow for Washington State University President Dr. Elson S. Floyd, more than a week after his death from colon cancer and its many complications. It is sometimes the case when great men pass unexpectedly, that the effusive praise is excessive and undeserved. That surely is not the case with Dr. Floyd, whose tireless efforts helped raise WSU and build its reputation as a preeminent institution of higher learning, dedicated to its land-grant mission — to gather and disseminate knowledge to benefit the region’s economy and ...
After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.
I was “surfing” late one night when I stumbled on my high school reunion website. They posted our post-high school plans in 1968. The smart, rich kids were headed off for Stanford and other fancypants schools back East. The working class kids all made comments about attending the “University of Chabot,” also known as the local community college (Chabot College in Hayward, Calif.).