Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 27 May 2018 15:27:14 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate fdbb8a7733e9c6216ee29f1e619dcc34 A Singular Mother for 05/23/2018 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the last minute, with an unfortunate combination of bad news and gratuitous drama, the divorced father was unable to attend his daughter's wedding.</p> <p>Who hasn't heard a version of that story? It's always something with these broken families, as we love to call them. As if every intact family were not a collection of negotiated crevices and mended cracks. These fairy tales about marriage run deep.<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 0a6fc211326e9398d1833ad95547f96f You, Too, Would Do This to Save the Life of Your Child for 05/09/2018 Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there.</p> <p>Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague Sherrod Brown, in Brown Chapel AME Church, which was the starting point for the marches. We were part of a congressional sojourn led by civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis.<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> 19d799829954d8ba81ef6da6cc6f716a Well, Good for Michelle Wolf, Anyway for 05/02/2018 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you've already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf's performance at last weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.</p> <p>Alas, I haven't. Not just yet.<p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> ba3d8556d0fe1001c8e9bc0c667d3ee0 This NFL Hand-Wringing Has Always Been About Race for 04/25/2018 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last September, in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump took the stage at yet another postelection campaign rally and revved up his fans with a rant about black football players.</p> <p>"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag ... say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now'?" Trump brayed. "'Out. He's fired. He's fired!'"<p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 125931604f4f43271ac94c34c76efdae Barbara Bush Was All That for 04/18/2018 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women's movement, she added, was a contributing factor.</p> <p>"I believe it made me feel inadequate. I'm not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a bit."<p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p> ee0756d047c1d83c0c16d9f010bfdc5a Paul Ryan's Family Legacy for 04/11/2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>House Speaker Paul Ryan's stated reason for leaving office after this year's election sure is getting a lot of traction.</p> <p>"If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," he said. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life."<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> 0a1f414a9815652e6f65f3dd0058d683 50 Years of White What-ifs for 04/04/2018 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America's white working class has never had a champion more eloquent than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don't mean to suggest that this was his mission, but it was the inevitable outcome of his generosity of spirit.</p> <p>King was the central force of the civil rights movement for black Americans, and as long as there are white Americans who think the color of one's skin determines the boundaries of one's community, none of us white people can lay claim to any part of King. Fortunately, he didn't draw those kinds of lines when it came to his advocacy for fellow Americans.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p> 02abbc47f0e285f2c41f8fdba170a8ae Wonder Woman + Me for 03/28/2018 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>At some point during last Saturday's March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes.</p> <p>The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn't believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a handmade sign: "I cannot stand by while innocent lives are lost. &#8212; Wonder Woman + Me"</p> <p>They had most likely seen Gal Gadot utter those very words as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film, and now they saw themselves in her. What a lift on such a somber day.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 28, 2018</p> df6af4ae3b8c90dd91da7c70a4ec7cae It's Springtime -- Somewhere for 03/21/2018 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We've turned the clocks ahead, and our calendars yesterday announced the official change of season. In these parts, though, Spring will not be rushed, and she will not be bullied. She is taking her good old time to get to northeast Ohio, as is her habit. </p> <p>Like many families with multiple generations who grew up here, ours has plenty of Easter photos of children squinting at cameras from under the hoods of their chunky parkas, baskets of fake grass swinging at their sides. One year, my mother was determined to show off her daughters' matching Easter dresses, so we gathered coatless and shivering on the porch for my father's camera until my sister Leslie wailed, "I think we're going to die."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 2fad13bd217676a559f88fe9663ac1f1 What We're Seeing Are Student Walkouts to the Polls for 03/14/2018 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students across Ohio walked out of schools to pay tribute to the 17 people killed &#8212; 14 of them teenagers &#8212; in last month's gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.</p> <p>In this same hour, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman sent an email to Ohio journalists with this subject line: "OH &#8212; pro-Second Amendment HS students to counter gun control protests."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> e4d84792138a74ac7e475939d3367361 A New Lesson Plan in West Virginia for 03/07/2018 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>What a glorious thing, watching West Virginia teachers, most of them women, shut down the state's public schools for nearly two weeks to force their elected officials to give them the 5 percent raise they surely deserve.</p> <p>On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers gathered in the West Virginia Capitol started singing the state anthem. Seeing so many people, of such a mix of ages and colors, swaying together as they belt out John Denver's 1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" can make you believe we really are making progress in this country.</p> <p>In addition to the teachers, many of the unsung heroes in this nine-day strike were the people most immediately affected by it: parents.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> 9b98788893e7158fa96a830f3c8ebe1b After Another Massacre, a Change in Inventory for 02/28/2018 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It's just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives.</p> <p>Even more interesting is just how wrong some pundits, gun zealots and other cynics can be.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> 477b1ca29ba5affc9a6740b57f3e0bb1 And the Children Shall Lead Us for 02/21/2018 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At 8:18 p.m. on May 4, 1970, just hours after Ohio National Guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine others during an anti-war rally at Kent State University, R.J. Casey of Pittsburgh sent this telegram to the mayor of Kent:</p> <p>"As (the) father of a Kent State student as a graduate of Kent State University and as an American I demand immediate action against the Hitler youth who are trying to destroy our universities and plunge America into anarchy."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018</p> 132abe410c19e1520cbdede9575cc08f Clinging to Moments of Unexpected Grace for 02/14/2018 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don't have to cook.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018</p> 7bec757882b2ad3cd55af782ec94b2f2 Tip Thievery, Codified for 02/07/2018 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Fourteen years ago, I wrote a&#160;<a href="" target="_blank">column</a>&#160;about a tip jar in Cleveland and how the managers took all the money in it instead of giving it to the workers who had earned it.</p> <p>Fourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the country. I know this because when I see a tip jar, I almost always ask an employee who gets to keep the money in it. I am long accustomed to that soft and often nervous response: Management either skims the tips or steals all of them.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018</p> d15a3a8f0c78a6f4e7274e5f51a395bb Greetings From This 'Career Obsessed Banshee' for 01/31/2018 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Thanks to recent national coverage of Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes and his self-declared expertise on "nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils," we're all getting a glimpse into the darker recesses of his mind. </p> <p>It's as if he threw open the doors to his cranial cellar and yelled, "C'mon in, folks!" I'm here to lead you on the tour, but it's a dank and musty place, so let's walk in twos &#8212; and do hold hands. </p> <p>Last September, Sykes, who is a Republican, gave a wide-ranging interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which included a section on his views about his version of feminists. He is apparently so proud of these comments that he decided to trot them out on his Facebook page last week. The man has the judgment of tree moss.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018</p> 5e7d591c4f82b9a0caccca7336e07603 A Second Wave of Reflection for 01/24/2018 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For decades, an old metal sign used to hang over the toolshed at the coal-fired plant where my father worked. Now it sits on top of the bookcase in my campus office.</p> <p>It is about 2 feet by 3 feet in size and painted dark green with large white block letters that read:<p>Updated: Wed Jan 24, 2018</p> 014c34b07467c4771dd8436be9824cb6 Quote the President, and Skip the Asterisks for 01/17/2018 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament.</p> <p>I spruce it up where I can, and I always include a few thoughts about how we will conduct ourselves for the next 15 weeks:<p>Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018</p> 0f033bda6aa311a3e0285770d66804eb A Few Divorce Tips for Steve Bannon for 01/10/2018 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It occurred to me this week that many of us who've gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon.</p> <p>We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, "Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 10, 2018</p> b47f2d29c8c889e7456a9e1f8d4e3052 Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? for 01/03/2018 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast:</p> <p>"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 03, 2018</p>