Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:33:56 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 2a2970435d4ccf7c5430da9625346951 The Many Lessons of Megan Rapinoe for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mercy, was that a moment. </p> <p>First, Megan Rapinoe was on the receiving end of a three-tweet rant from Donald Trump. He was livid that she had told Sports Illustrated that she would not visit the White House as long as he's in it. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> ad3a49895e0accc0ebe0603c8fef37bb In the Absence of Republican Courage, More Children Will Die for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is 2:30 in the morning, and I should be sleeping. </p> <p>In a few hours, my 3-year-old grandson will be awake, and we have plans. "You and me, buddy," I told him at bedtime. "We're going to play all day long."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 9ba8125b89b856d24cc2dcbaec7fc234 'He Never Called Me Boy...' for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mississippi's senior U.S. Senator James O. Eastland spoke at a pro-segregation rally. </p> <p>Robert Caro, in his book "Master of the Senate," describes Eastland's racist rant to the crowd: </p> <p>"In every stage of the bus boycott we have been oppressed and degraded because of black, slimy, juicy, unbearably stinky n&#8212;&#8212;-s ... African flesh-eaters. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to abolish the Negro race, proper methods should be used. Among these are guns, bows and arrows, slingshots and knives. ... All whites are created equal with certain rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of dead n&#8212;&#8212;-s." <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 3137060559c33b133708c6b2eba75b1c Reworking the Language of Women for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Earlier today, I was talking to a friend I've known for more than two decades when, twice, she prefaced her opinion with, "I feel." The third time she shared an opinion, she began with, "I think."</p> <p>"Why do you do that?" I said. "I asked for your thoughts. I know it's you speaking. Why preface your opinions with a disclaimer. Women do this all the time. Men almost never do that."</p> <p>Fortunately, my friend loves me, even when I'm like this. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 961372f8f96f1089740a6ed577b914d4 A Tribute to Editor Stuart Warner for 06/06/2019 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The first time I had a conversation with editor Stuart Warner, I didn't like him much.</p> <p>This was in 2001, just weeks after my five-day series had run in The Plain Dealer. Without my knowledge, Stuart had provided a thorough critique of the series to our editor-in-chief. Each day of newsprint was full of Stuart's slashes and arrows and handwritten comments up and down the margins. The worst part of it: Stuart was right.</p> <p>Stuart had been at The Plain Dealer only a couple of years. He had come from the Akron Beacon Journal, where he was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams: In 1987, as the lead writer on deadline coverage of a European financier's attempted takeover of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and in 1994, as the managing supervisor of a 16-part series on race relations that won the Pulitzer Gold Medal.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 017ef2e4e5d638c74cefac3f41333776 Out of the Shadows for 05/30/2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Joi and her husband wanted a baby. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 103ac6af9414e7c7a42aff76d84f3e22 Take Heart for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This has become too rare, I suddenly realized &#8212; this unscheduled gift of a moment. </p> <p>I was sitting on the small sofa in our front room, watching our 3-year-old granddaughter Carolyn as she arranged a family of toy mice on top of the trunk that doubles as a coffee table. She was softly singing a made-up song, seemingly oblivious to me until I heard the ending: "...and Grandma is right there, watching me." <p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 359ecc699e670d4e93f97a24107ae8ce Welcome to the Dystopia of Alabama for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's start with a few facts about the children currently living in Alabama. </p> <p>Twenty-six percent of them &#8212; more than 285,280 &#8212; lived in poverty in 2018, which is the most recent year for available data. About 30 percent of Alabama's children living in poverty are younger than 5. <p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> f0dd00a28605fe1de661035cd1cf8a4e No One Fears a Silent Majority for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The first bullet hit 21-year-old Riley Howell in the torso. </p> <p>He kept going. So the gunman shot him again.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 1730cc7735d252175fcb564b1255a968 Personal Mantras and Racial Realities for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We're in the last week of the semester here at Kent State, when graduating seniors have reached the zombie stage of stress, and everyone else, it seems, is somewhere else, even when they're sitting right in front of you. </p> <p>As a teacher, it can be a challenge in these last days to find that sweet spot between exhaustion and panic. Fortunately, I spent Sunday evening interviewing Stacey Abrams in front of a sold-out crowd of 750 supporters for an event sponsored by the Toledo Public Library Foundation. Ten minutes with her, and your mind breaks open and starts buzzing.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> ebac0356a593b2f2e8f4e6aee1363cc0 This Could Be Melania Trump's Barbara Bush Moment for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Monday, first lady Melania Trump sat between stacks of large white cubes emblazoned with "BE BEST" and read a children's book to the littles ones gathered around her for the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll. At each new page, she smiled and held it up for them to see. </p> <p>What a contrast to her husband, the president, who briefly sat at a table of coloring children and brayed about his imaginary wall to keep away children who are fleeing for their lives. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 76d7d6c4271edf05356394e476827c05 Vetting Democrats Is Not 'Eating Our Own' for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats, please, I'm begging you. </p> <p>Let's call a moratorium on the phrase "eating our own," and all of its variations, for the duration of the Democratic presidential primary season. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> f6455a06ff20f5b35bcdee5a6eb36f2a 'They' Are Americans for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>More than a decade ago, when I was a reporter at The Plain Dealer, management invited a number of us in the newsroom to a special training session on how to report about race. I don't remember the exact year we did this &#8212; it was long before I left the paper in 2011 &#8212; but I will never forget my most uncomfortable moment.</p> <p>The moderator for the discussion was Keith Woods, who at the time was dean of faculty for The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is now vice president of newsroom training and diversity at NPR. </p> <p>Woods is that rare leader who can be fierce and kind at the same time, which made it easy for us to invest in the mission of his work without feeling like idiots for not seeing the need before he showed up. We were a room full of journalists with uninformed good intentions.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> a0c68b4391831887c196523d1ef3ed90 Now, More Than Ever, You Need a Rescue Pet for 03/27/2019 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We've got some good news here in the battleground state of Ohio, and it's from the state legislature, even. </p> <p>This is the same Republican majority who wants to set the cutoff date for an abortion to that moment when a guy looks at you and thinks you should have his baby. We've learned to expect the worst from this gang. But thanks to a quiet little provision in the hodgepodge Bill 86, it looks like Ohio now has an official pet: shelter pets. </p> <p>Yes, that's shelter pets, plural, and "official pet" is not. Don't start with me. As soon as you all remember Ohio is in the same time zone as New York, you can start correcting our grammar. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 27, 2019</p> 9a9489405a31f299b4dee02096047249 Excuse Me. So Sorry. Excuse Me for 03/20/2019 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Until this week, I'd never witnessed this on a plane.</p> <p>I'd read numerous stories and essays about passengers trying to shame seatmates for their weight, but I was not prepared for what that sounds like or how it looks.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 20, 2019</p> ef8185bd9e53d14f669d7c3f955b72d8 If You're Running for President, You Should Be Talking to Journalists for 03/13/2019 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this month, my husband, Sen. Sherrod Brown, went on a listening tour of four early-primary states as he considered running for president. I traveled with him to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as did a caravan of political reporters waiting to see if he would announce that he was in. (He's not.)<p>Updated: Wed Mar 13, 2019</p> 2928d8d65a2f6086b337aba409e39f65 In Trump's America, Kindness Is an Act of Resistance for 02/27/2019 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Extreme wealth, in and of itself, is not a character flaw. Many rich people see their lucky lives as a mandate to do good in the world.</p> <p>Wealth becomes something else &#8212; soul-deadening, let's say &#8212; when privilege blinds one to the daily struggles of everyone else.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 27, 2019</p> 61b6fd19abb817653e3b4048c3259e53 Grief, Revisited and Revised for 02/20/2019 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One autumn evening in 1999, I was driving with my 12-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, when she asked me something about my childhood.</p> <p>I don't remember her question, but I doubt I'll ever forget my answer.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> 79bb74c8293072247586943c908ac249 'Nobody Likes to See Us as Kids' for 02/13/2019 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever.</p> <p>David Hogg, a survivor of last year's Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> 829d6c1c4af2d65e1b8ac86e1b92a718 Betrayed in Virginia for 02/06/2019 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>First, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he wasn't sure which of the two people in the 1984 "clearly racist and offensive" photo on his yearbook page was he.</p> <p>Was he the grinning white guy wearing blackface?<p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p>