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Making Fun of Transgender People

When I was a lad, I often heard jokes about blacks, Latinos and gays, who were regarded as amusing because of their supposed inferiority and defectiveness. Today most people would be embarrassed and offended by such humor. But, at least in some places, there is one group that is still a safe source of yuks: transgender people.


We’re interconnected, aren’t we? The Middle East, Arkansas, its governor and General Assembly, its Highway Commission. And the little old lady in [Editors: choose your town] who is driving a car a third smaller than her last one but which is getting a third better mileage.

Airport lines: your government failing you

This summer, air travel is for people who expect to go to hell and want to know what it will be like. Security lines have reached epic lengths in many airports. Thousands of travelers have missed flights. And the Transportation Security Administration now advises passengers to arrive two hours before departure for domestic flights — and three in some places.

Researching the opposition

Opposition research, as it’s called, has been underway for decades. Every public utterance by Hillary Clinton has been vacuumed from the public record: newspapers, magazines, television and radio tapes, speech transcripts, White House letters and logs, congressional testimony, Senate papers, State Department correspondence (save for whatever may be, or may have been, on the personal e-mail server she used). As it becomes available, that is; some White House documents, stored at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, have yet to be catalogued and opened to inspection, a process that surely will bring more accusations that the National Archives is acceding to pressure from the Clintons to drag its feet.

Colorado’s lessons from legal pot

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed a 2012 state ballot initiative to allow the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. He told voters it might “increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK.” Spurning his advice, voters approved it.

Fallen angel raises Republican anxiety

My abhorrence of this fiend cannot be conceived. When I thought of him, I gnashed my teeth, my eyes became inflamed, and I ardently wished to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed. When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation.” British author, Mary Shelley, wrote these lines as dialogue for the protagonist in her novel, ‘‘Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.” Sickened by the monstrous thing he had created; Victor Frankenstein fantasizes the creature’s death.

Candidates are no Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of more biographies than any other president in U.S. history. Today marks the 150th anniversary of his 1861 inauguration. During his inaugural address Lincoln struck a conciliatory tone with the secessionists in the deep South.

Pony ‘express’ reflects American culture

It’s almost hard to believe that a company would continue to sell and develop a product with sales numbers that peaked a half century ago. With sales of 607,000 units in 1966 and 2015 sales a quarter of that (122,000) most would say the market had cooled to the Ford Mustang, but the jump between 2104 and 2015 sales was almost 50 percent.

Steve Chapman

I was going to write this column about slimy, venomous reptiles that are so frightening you would go well out of your way to avoid them. But I’m tired of the presidential campaign. So I decided to write about rattlesnakes instead.