Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:21:59 -0800 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 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> 032a2f17606fbd168f91416c201596ba Treading Gently Into This New Year for 12/27/2017 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the first hour of Christmas Eve, our 9-year-old grandson and his parents arrived here in Ohio after two long flights from their home in hurricane-ravaged St. Croix.</p> <p>His recent life included 10 weeks without electricity in the U.S. territory full of U.S. citizens. In advance of his visit, Clayton asked for only one thing for Christmas: "Please have snow in Cleveland."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 27, 2017</p> 059a9ef69eb6ecc3de0e5c3433e22dea A Timely Rescue for 12/20/2017 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Two days after Thanksgiving, our son-in-law left our home to go out for a run and, upon his return, rang our doorbell.</p> <p>This is not his habit when he stays with us.</p> <p>"Why is Matt ringing the doorbell?" my husband said as we all made our way to the front of the house. You would think no one ever visits us the way we all rush for the door whenever someone does, which is often.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 20, 2017</p> 96e3fb40747a17fd19ae3e4cbdc3daa5 Hope Bloomed in Alabama for 12/13/2017 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Just two years ago, 65-year-old Peggy Wallace Kennedy stood on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and renounced the acts of hate her father had committed there.</p> <p>This was no small moment. Kennedy's father was the late Gov. George Wallace, who was an over-my-dead-body champion of segregation in the South.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 13, 2017</p> 5bf5daef3c9820ded752378e73384d8e Time Magazine Gets It Right: We've Changed for 12/06/2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo &#8212; the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right &#8212; that magnifies the message.</p> <p>Five elegant women &#8212; actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual &#8212; are pictured on the cover in all of their fierce glory.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 06, 2017</p> 22647a20f4626db51f99e6cd0bc9b537 Our Caribbean Families Are Your Fellow Americans for 11/30/2017 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. </p> <p>The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017</p> 1bc16743a8a36d9ce8aa6b810295c771 'Tis Never the Season for Revenge Parenting for 11/22/2017 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it sums up exactly how you're feeling?</p> <p>It's as if someone, somewhere out there, heard the call of your heart and set it to music. Maybe for just a second or two, you think, "Yes, that, exactly that." And then you remind yourself to breathe.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017</p> 766667e915245d2324b0ab1a60dede84 Our Country Turns to You, Alabama for 11/15/2017 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Like so many women in recent days, I've discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14.</p> <p>My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most "forever" postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the world in one of the cups of my starter bra.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 15, 2017</p> ceb202dee7b418ac8f7e417d3f78fbec She Took On the Bully, and She Won for 11/08/2017 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump's inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women's March the next day.</p> <p>This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to understand them. Carman, however, is one of nine elected members of Atlantic County's freeholder board in New Jersey.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 08, 2017</p> eca6d492c74d57fbf87803219a9ca488 Once Falsely Incarcerated, Now a Police Academy Graduate for 11/01/2017 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the fall of 2001, Michael Green walked out of prison after serving 13 years for a crime he did not commit.</p> <p>The story of his wrongful conviction is, in its particulars, an all-too-familiar one in America. He was accused by a white woman who had never seen a black man until she came to the Cleveland Clinic for cancer treatment. Michael had worked at the clinic for a short time, so police used his ID photo in lineups. Eventually, the woman, who had never before seen Michael Green, identified him as her rapist.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 01, 2017</p> a41c3bb4a6812d1b9e395cdb8e76149e Yes, It's Bad Out There, but You're Not Alone for 10/25/2017 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver's license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day.</p> <p>Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at the man who had just pushed it there.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 25, 2017</p> e17f9d75f578a8ce0a61fa828c58fb6f 'He Didn't Even Remember His Name' for 10/18/2017 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>His name was La David T. Johnson.</p> <p>His wife's name is Myeshia Johnson.</p> <p>The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017</p> a5ac09f558c980f9e0dd4e88da820b75 This Dark Legacy of Harvey Weinstein Is Far From Over for 10/11/2017 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection.</p> <p>We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein &#8212; one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor &#8212; bullied, demeaned and sexually assaulted women for decades. He also reportedly threatened to destroy their lives if they told anyone.</p> <p>Let's not play fast and loose with the "we" here. Most of us didn't know, but many &#8212; lots of those who worked with Weinstein, as well as others &#8212; surely did. For years and years, they knew. This is the classic, dangerous narrative of a powerful man licensed to be as free with his assaults as with his threats. Virtually nobody who could have stopped him did.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p>