Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 18 Sep 2019 01:35:03 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 2be3b72db4019d5283fee4f50afdb429 What Does It Mean to Be an American? for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was a wonderful birthday dinner, the kind we friends have come to expect whenever we arrive to celebrate the person who is about to blow out the candles. We leave feeling lucky to be alive, every last one of us.</p> <p>This dinner, however, took an interesting turn after the guest of honor broke character and raised her hand to silence us. This is not her practice. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> a30bc13feef029f248944e8df6ff9f29 Welcome, Walter for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"It's time," our vet said.</p> <p>"Really?" I said, stroking Franklin's head. </p> <p>"He's the right age," she said. She weaved her fingers through the soft, curly fur on his long back. "It might even make him feel younger." <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> c30f5f4476fe7f05207f0479b0358ee8 When in Doubt, Show Up for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>How many times has this happened in the last two months? I'm not sure, but every time it still catches me off guard. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> ea7bf02f259d33d0cc7631a2286581b4 If You're a Parent, Know Who Has a Gun for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>In 1984, an associate English professor at Suffolk Community College wrote a published letter to The New York Times that began:<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 3c2aae3dbba15c9c3715493538de1a05 For the Survivors, We Remember for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>In two weeks' time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 13c914f274625b7274b7c4b1a066b883 We Cannot Afford Cynicism for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun &#8212; for me.</p> <p>He and his parents recently completed a move of more than 2,000 miles. This is quite the adjustment for all involved, including their 4-year-old dog, Rumple. I hadn't considered how disorienting it might be for a dog born on a tropical island to find himself suddenly in the Midwest, but then I'm not Rumple's boy. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> c2f8d73daa38abebaeaaf834a7b01c86 'There Is No Getting Used to This' for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>About an hour into Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Yamiche Alcindor, who covers the White House for "PBS Newshour," tweeted this: </p> <p>"I've been on the road for most of the last week. And it's so important to highlight just how much people feel the president's attacks put them personally in danger. Most black and brown people I've interviewed tell me this isn't just about politics but (their) ability to survive."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> d72b8ebf7840a0ca51d531809eea7e9a So, No Oscar for Mueller? for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Minutes after Robert Mueller III had completed his first round of Wednesday's congressional testimony, journalists and pundits started weighing in &#8212; on his acting abilities.</p> <p>Mueller was "boring" and "phlegmatic."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 44cd580ed43b6884a49402af4ff83b1c A Birthday Like No Other for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For almost a year, I've thought about writing this column, in this week. </p> <p>In four days, I will turn 62, which was the age of my mother when she died. If you've lost a beloved parent too young, I doubt I need to describe for you my roiling mix of emotions. If you haven't, please forgive my envy.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 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>