Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 23 May 2019 21:00:26 -0700 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 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> 4add857a4701f49eaa18d8201bdc2156 Our Time Is Here for 01/30/2019 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Have you ever had a moment when you didn't know whom you needed to hear until someone in front of you started to speak?</p> <p>There's no mistaking when that happens. You're doing whatever it is you think you're supposed to do, getting through the day with as little drama as possible. Out of nowhere, a person you barely know or have never even met starts stringing together words in a way that lifts you out of one place and sets you down somewhere else.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 30, 2019</p> eef54e68dc4677e9cf1c150e1917be1d A Childhood Home Isn't for Everyone for 01/23/2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood?</p> <p>I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: "Saying good-bye to 1225."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> 406e8d2580cf39474c77a170d51800e3 Rep. White Supremacist for 01/16/2019 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In May 2012, at a town hall, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs.</p> <p>"You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we've got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet. ... We got the vigor from the planet to come to America."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> f5076e3d3c037deb594bcdc00f9f2abc Nurturing Womanly Ambition for 01/09/2019 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A few days before my mother died, at age 62, she sat tethered to oxygen in her crowded hospital room and expressed two regrets about her life.</p> <p>"If I had it to do over, I'd dye my hair red," she said, "and I would own cats."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> b38ae17e48f578b45b0e0245589449c8 Sister, Teacher for 01/02/2019 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last month, I drove an hour east of Cleveland to Ashtabula, Ohio, where I grew up and where my youngest sister, Toni, is a high school English teacher. Once a week, she also teaches a "career enrichment" class for eighth-graders, which is why I was there.</p> <p>Our old high school is long gone, having merged with our rival school across town to become Lakeside High School. The campus includes middle and elementary schools. The buildings bear no resemblance to the run-down schools of my childhood. The shiny floors and vibrant hallways, however, tell only part of the story of these students' lives.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> 6480ce6678bcaf76202eff23bae56c4d A Christmas Story for 12/19/2018 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"I'm a good Christian. If I become president, we're going to be saying 'merry Christmas' at every store." &#8212; Donald Trump, December 2015</p> <p><i> In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. ... Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem ... to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. &#8212; Luke 2:1, 4-7 (New Revised Standard Version) </i></p> <p>"A total of 2,551 migrant children were taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom were separated under the 'zero tolerance' policy that called for the prosecution of all immigrants crossing the border illegally." &#8212; NBC News, July 2018<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p>