Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:12:21 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 5489090b34d83546db6c350ae144e251 Mr. Rogers and Parents at the Border for 07/11/2018 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I'd strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime.</p> <p>One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge of his lawn and aiming it toward the grass across the sidewalk &#8212; an aquatic thumbing of the nose to us pedestrians, if you will. Every time, I waited for the arc of water to return to his lawn before I whisked the stroller past.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> 0c2ae78f885db5811b313a743573921d After the Attack in Annapolis, the Anger Stage of Grief for 07/04/2018 Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's a big deal, as a journalist, to work for The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>Wielding the press badge of one of the biggest newspapers in the country is a fast-track pass onto talk shows, including ones that cover the practice of journalism. Even as just a contributor, your work is likelier to be cited in morning news roundups and quoted on shows. It's as if nothing worth mentioning happens unless it's noticed by journalists in New York or Washington.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 7568d1467f6d16a24668d92628fd7283 Let's Not Confuse Civility With Surrender for 06/27/2018 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Before I sat down to write this column about what it means to be civil in today's political climate, I took my dog for a walk through our neighborhood.</p> <p>We live in the largest development built in the city of Cleveland since World War II. It's diverse, racially and economically, and home to many LGBTQ families, too. On most days, you can't walk half a block without talking to a neighbor. This morning, that neighbor was Kenn Johnson, who shared a recent story about what it's like to be a 56-year-old black man shopping in a drugstore in today's America.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> 2040e2751601cbcea22a72fe2b70510c A Teenager's Visit to the Border, and the Mile That Changed Her for 06/20/2018 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If she wanted to, 17-year-old Mary Grace Geise could pretend that what is happening to migrants at our southern border has nothing to do with her lucky life.</p> <p>She lives with both parents and her younger sister in Bay Village, a predominantly white, affluent suburb of Cleveland. She is a rising senior at Magnificat High School, an all-girls Catholic prep school. Every imaginable material need can be found within a few miles of her house. Outside of her drives to school, she'd seldom have to leave the confines of her cozy suburb.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 326388d5011799db05c83796f5bd4f13 This Is Who We Have to Be for 06/13/2018 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, in a discussion thread on my public Facebook wall about the current political climate, a reader asked a question that's been needling me: "How do we keep from demonizing those who would demonize others?"</p> <p>In attempting to answer her, I realized how much I've been wrestling with this since the 2016 presidential campaign.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 2376bfd1fca798d464c288217229b304 Round Up the Parents; Lose the Children for 06/06/2018 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This is a story about children, but first I have to tell you what happened to the adults who love them.</p> <p>Earlier this week in northern Ohio, 200 or so federal immigration agents with weapons and trained dogs swarmed two garden centers of a family-owned business.</p> <p>They rounded up and bound the wrists of more than 100 immigrant workers, most of them Mexican and undocumented, some of them U.S. citizens. They marched them to waiting buses as if they were armed criminals instead of the people who bring all those hanging flower baskets and weedless lawns into the summer lives of Ohioans.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> 52c719afcd48f4cca20cdd621be179d6 We Already Knew This About Roseanne Barr for 05/30/2018 Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was the fall of 1989. Or maybe the following spring. I remember the rising heat in the room but not the season outside the windows.</p> <p>I was one of the few non-lawyers in the packed house, feeling conspicuous in my bright new blazer. I kept catching myself swaying as if my baby were on my hip, even though she was home with her big brother.<p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 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>