Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:44:20 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 92df0659581a01ea9687042a88235a66 Nothing Normal About Allegations Against Teenager Kavanaugh for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher:</p> <p>"Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole 'teenage boys should get a pass because they're not mature enough to understand consent' narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed." </p> <p>She was referring, of course, to recent attempts to simultaneously excuse and demonize all teenage boys to salvage the reputation of one man, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> f56e5790806315be33a8a4ca626d9044 Are We Still Pretending Donald Trump Isn't Lying? for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the intelligence community. Earlier that month, Trump had compared U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany. </p> <p>I remember this well because of the hand-wringing coverage of it, particularly from my beloved NPR. "It's probably not true," Mary Louise Kelly said about his blaming the media. "In that same speech out of the CIA this weekend, Trump also falsely inflated the size of the crowd at his inauguration."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 1be9f602036696f0ec4c4f58c216084f Geoffrey Owens Is a Real Somebody for 09/05/2018 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>He was minding his own business (his employer's business, more to the point), doing what he was hired to do at Trader Joe's in Clifton, New Jersey &#8212; checking out customers without fuss or fanfare, bagging their groceries, sending them off with a soft "Have a nice day."</p> <p>One of those customers was certain that she recognized him. She looked up past celebrity photos of him to make sure it was he and then snapped her own photos.</p> <p>A British tabloid published her photos under this headline: "From learning lines to serving the long line! The Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens is spotted working as a cashier at Trader Joe's in New Jersey."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 7a3ce527663dc0cf18dd1c9ca20b9c73 What I Want to Remember About John McCain for 08/29/2018 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 14, 1973, two months after John McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison, U.S. News & World Report published his 43-page essay about what he had endured there.</p> <p>His narrative of his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war &#8212; the torture, the starvation, the intermittent waves of doubt that he would survive &#8212; is unsparing and harrowing, and it's void of hyperbole.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 824968c7562d484cd9a0688ce9345ad2 A Young Woman Dies, and Republicans See Only a Road to Victory for 08/22/2018 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>On the day she disappeared last month, Mollie Tibbetts had left her boyfriend's home in a small town in Iowa to go for a run.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 87096617003d8072c929456b442da225 It Doesn't Matter What We Think of Omarosa for 08/15/2018 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump:</p> <p>"Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It's everyone who's ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe."</p> <p>Yes, she said that.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> dfaed372e3c00273807f6c57625700d3 Good Golly, Ohio for 08/08/2018 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Golly, the political landscape of Ohio is confounding.</p> <p>I say that as a lifelong Ohioan who knows that's about as true as a presidential tweet. I'm going to give it a go anyway and see how long I can keep it up, as that's the current national narrative about my home state.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> 75c0a5fc27c2a9cbbafb00f4b7af4fca Love for a Child Isn't So Simple Anymore for 08/01/2018 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear.</p> <p>Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to prove my relationship to you and then sign the forms. That's what we do for unaccompanied minors, to keep them safe and secure. Not always, though. Sometimes in this country, we treat unaccompanied minors as suspects, as criminals, instead of the survivors they are trying to be. As I signed the form for your release, I thought about them, too.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> a02ac0688ecca64811e1a235788f6286 Trump Hates Journalists but Not for the Reason He Claims for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, CNN Washington correspondent Ryan Nobles tweeted about a random encounter with a member of the public: "This rarely happens so I thought it was worth documenting. Gentleman stops me at the hotel where the press are staging covering POTUS &#8212; asks if I'm part of the press corps. I say yes &#8212; he replies</p> <p>"'Thank you for your service, the First Amendment is so important right now.'"<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> ba4072e72c36001c807bd94d51876210 We'll Sing; You Breathe for 07/18/2018 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Signs of our growing anxiety, as a country and as citizens, are everywhere, it seems.</p> <p>Physicians describe surging numbers of patients seeking help for anxiety and stress. Casual get-togethers, those brief respites from the world's mayhem, are now often sessions on how to cope, how to protest, how to survive. For many Americans, this is the first time in their lives they've become activists. For immigrants. For health care. For victims of violence. For women.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> 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>