Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:41:40 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate b6d17939f6f66056653a80cd5ae606a0 Some of You Rabbits Are Winning. Others Not for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rabbits. Rabbits! They're hopping all over New England, my yard included. They need to eat and, being rabbits, have lots of mouths to feed. What more could a rabbit want than a fresh head of cabbage, organically grown by my calloused hands? </p> <p>Warmer winters have exploded rabbit populations in much of Canada and the eastern U.S. Other regions, however, are seeing a rabbit kill-off due to a highly contagious virus causing rabbit hemorrhagic disease. Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California and Washington have been hit especially hard. (The Missouri State Fair has banned rabbit shows this year.) </p> <p>Fortunately, the RHD virus has not been found to infect humans or other species. To be extra safe, though, Oklahoma's state veterinarian has urged pet owners to keep their dogs away from animal carcasses. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 38d8ca13653b8fa774c1d8bed4a05aa6 Some Monumentally Hard Decisions for 06/30/2020 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the recently vandalized monuments is a statue of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Someone smeared "BLM" and "(expletive) Slave Owners" on the seated figure prominently displayed in the city named after him, Whittier, California.</p> <p>It happens that Whittier was a fiery abolitionist from Massachusetts. In a famous 1833 pamphlet, he called slavery "the master-evil before which all others dwindle into insignificance." <p>Updated: Tue Jun 30, 2020</p> fed3a9867d8ed5f42712094c871e0caf In Reopening Casinos, the Virus Is the Dealer for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Those who wagered on a visit to Las Vegas confronted mixed messages on mask wearing, to say the least. </p> <p>Casino guests had to wear face coverings at tables and card games if there were no shields between dealers and each player. Other gamblers were encouraged to wear masks but didn't have to. Casino employees were ordered to wear masks, however. </p> <p>Caesars Entertainment was paying guests at its five Vegas casinos $20 to wear masks &#8212; if they were Caesars Rewards members. You've gotta salute a customer loyalty program that turns protecting your life into another perk. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> 1c90a5f2fc69e48b07ece6490d27aad4 Tulsa Showed Us the Superior Path to November for 06/23/2020 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What didn't happen in Tulsa last weekend was gratifying and a relief. The protests against racism were overwhelmingly orderly. President Donald Trump's rally also proceeded without serious incident and, notably, without much of an audience. </p> <p>And this didn't happen for lack of provocation. Trying to whip up excitement for his revived rally schedule, Trump started the weekend with a bloodcurdling threat against protesters should they step out of line. Oklahomans, he opined, would not treat protestors in Tulsa with the same delicacy allegedly afforded those in liberal New York, Seattle and Minneapolis. The tweet doubled the offense by lumping protesters with "anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes."<p>Updated: Tue Jun 23, 2020</p> db1b2be8084486f1148b7832d9ff2e70 Political Grief on Top of Fear, Depression and Economic Loss for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>COVID-19 is not at all over and shows every sign of staging a return. We've been through a lot of fear, depression, and losses of income and loved ones. Much can't be changed, but the leadership can, from sloppy governors to President Donald Trump at the top of the heap. Trump seems not just incapable of forming a rational response to a virus but also uninterested in doing so &#8212; and the public seems to know it. </p> <p>He's thrust a broken-country model on America whereby the ruling family directs the country's resources to its close relatives and assorted hangers-on. Protective barriers to corruption have been junked. It's been astounding to see the president remove five inspectors general including the top Pentagon watchdog assigned to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee &#8212; assigned to oversee the $2 trillion in taxpayer money set aside to revive the economy. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> 0c9ae4a0fb4e8e17f08a6fd5503978bf The Virus Slightly Cools the Planet. Can It Do More? for 06/16/2020 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some say the pandemic has become a permanent ally in the fight against climate catastrophe. It has jump-started a drop in the burning of fossil fuels, and that will continue. Others say this is short-term thinking: The public may abandon its concerns over global warming as it tries to climb out of the economic hole left by the COVID-19 lockdowns. Let's accentuate the positive.</p> <p>First off, the government-mandated social distancing and its freezing of much industrial activity has already cut greenhouse gas emissions, certainly for the time being. The International Energy Agency predicts that global carbon emissions will have fallen about 8 percent this year from 2019's level. That would be the biggest annual decline ever. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 16, 2020</p> 01599be49ae69180f8e9904ff60f65ca Defund the Police? Stop Abusing the Language for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You know you have a stupid declaration on your hands when you have to explain what some on your side <i> really </i> mean. Such is the burden of Democrats trying to limit the damage from the childish demands to "defund the police."</p> <p>Oxford's U.S. dictionary defines "defund" as "prevent from continuing to receive funds." To the educated ear, defund registers as abolish. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> f4c753b44e8be28e61b0ae29f35b55b0 Will Home Farming Survive a Vaccine? for 06/09/2020 Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Farm-to-table refers to freshly grown produce &#8212; that is, fruits and vegetables not transported from some distant time zone or even hemisphere but recently harvested on boutique acreage just outside town. The foodie media trumpet the virtues of local food sources, and their cosmopolitan audience tries to honor them when they visit farmer's markets or read menus. </p> <p>But first, apologies to country people who've been planting their own food forever without fanfare or trend attached. There's no shorter distance to the table than one's own property.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 09, 2020</p> ffb567c3c0a9546b8a192151934c6eb0 Sweden Backtracks on Its Low-Pain Pandemic Cure for 06/04/2020 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sweden offered hope that the coronavirus could be reined in without great inconvenience or economic pain. Unlike its neighbors in Scandinavia and elsewhere, Sweden didn't put its people in strict lockdown. Restaurants, bars and shops buzzed with their usual customers. Gyms stayed open, and kids under 16 went to school. </p> <p>Images of Swedes sunning themselves at crowded cafes dowsed many quarantined Americans and Europeans with envy. Even as other societies start letting people venture forth, they still generally require masks for entry in stores and other businesses.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> fbc68c34cb1fd7abf323735bb927d3cf Christian Cooper Showed Us the Awesome Power of Self-Control for 06/02/2020 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I come here not to condemn Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police and falsely claimed that an African American man named Christian Cooper was attacking her, but rather to praise Christian Cooper, who had done nothing more than ask her to leash her dog. The confrontation happened in New York's Central Park, where dogs are supposed to be kept on leashes.</p> <p>National media pounced on this tale of two unrelated Coopers, captured by Christian on video. The easy storyline focused on a clash between an evil racist and a blameless black victim. Christian had been out in the park bird-watching, of all things. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 02, 2020</p> 76838e4348d4e639143401faf35131d6 Summer People Are Already Here. And Are Snowbirds Staying? for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the pandemic hit this winter, city people with second homes moved into them. This upset the rhythm of beach, lake and mountain communities that attract a lot of "summer people" &#8212; but not until the summer.</p> <p>As for winter destinations &#8212; Florida, Arizona, Texas or any ski area &#8212; the snowbirds seem to be lingering into the spring. Full-time locals may wonder when they will leave. They're going to leave, right?<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> ccd8b28ef426ccf8e38de19e89b54f85 Andrew Cuomo for Vice President for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Joe Biden still has time to do the smart thing and name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo his running mate. The top two reasons would be Cuomo's proven competence managing his state's coronavirus crisis and a strong personality unafraid of that other son of Queens, President Donald Trump.</p> <p>We know. Biden pledged to name a woman as his vice president. That was an unfortunate wade into the politically treacherous waters of identity politics. Biden said it was "important" that a woman be his running mate. (I'm a woman, and it's not important to me.) Gender was not the overriding factor for female Democrats who preferred Biden or Bernie Sanders or Pete Buttigieg over Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren &#8212; though all are highly qualified women.<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> f42822935f0524da59af996833287581 Pandemic Makes End-of-Life Care Harder for 05/19/2020 Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present.</p> <p>My friend's death had little to do with COVID-19. One can say that he was spared the trauma of getting hit by that deadly virus in the jaws of a pandemic. He wasn't among the tragic thousands who died at home without medical attention. Nor did he pass away alone in a hospital that wouldn't let loved ones in for fear of spreading the virus. His nurses didn't have to FaceTime with loved ones to help them say goodbye.<p>Updated: Tue May 19, 2020</p> 60c11cf6602c9cf12f4c48045d9e8b37 What Joe Biden Doesn't Have to Do Right Now for 05/14/2020 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Joe Biden has not been loudly beating up on President Donald Trump for his pathetic performance during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has already killed over 80,000 Americans and cratered the economy. And the United States has become an object of international pity. </p> <p>"Why is Biden sitting at home?" chronically anxious Democrats ask.<p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> c01543f5a1b2da42a17346f7aaff9fda When Believing All Women Leads to Evil for 05/12/2020 Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The hashtag #BelieveWomen stemmed from an era when women claiming to have been sexually assaulted were broadly dismissed. That is, if you ignore the history of white women falsely accusing black men of rape. Those women were largely believed and the accused often summarily tortured and hanged by the neck from a tree. </p> <p>Ida Wells, an African American journalist, exposed the racial terrorism in her 1892 book "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases." She just received a Pulitzer Prize 89 years after her death. </p> <p>Between 1881 and 1968, 3,446 black men were killed by lynching, a number drawn from the Tuskegee Institute archives. Almost a quarter of lynching victims had been accused of sexual assault, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.<p>Updated: Tue May 12, 2020</p> 1f92ac662e73b5366305fd40a5ff3955 Who Doesn't Use Cash? More People Than Ever for 05/07/2020 Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last year seems a lifetime ago, but even then, cash was no longer king. The greenback had already lost its premier role as Americans' medium of exchange in dollar terms. Plastic card and digital transactions had taken over. And that's how stores, restaurants and other businesses seemed to want it. </p> <p>COVID-19 has accelerated this process for several reasons. Cash cannot change hands at a distance of six feet, and besides, who wants to grab that dirty bill? Sheltering at home means more purchases are being done over the internet.<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> 9aef5e589ab55bfaddef5fba522e69c4 More Than Comfort, 'The Golden Girls' Could Be Our Future for 05/05/2020 Tue, 05 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No surprise that Americans have spent much of their lockdown watching TV &#8212; nor that one of the most-watched shows has been "The Golden Girls." First aired in 1985, the sitcom portrays four older women, three widows and one divorcee, sharing a house in Miami. </p> <p>They're "sheltering in place" in that they don't have outside jobs to go to. They do venture out to restaurants, volunteer work and hospitals, but almost all their activities take place at home. The enemy scratching at their windows is not a virus but the indignities of old age, which they shoo away with biting humor. <p>Updated: Tue May 05, 2020</p> 918ad86b513d5c9dc0f701c59e040b24 After COVID, Will We Want What We Wanted? for 04/30/2020 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Germany let smaller stores reopen, the expected didn't happen. Officials thought that shoppers would burst out of their five-week lockdown and spend, spend, spend. They were wrong. </p> <p>As the manager of an espresso machine store in Berlin told the Financial Times, "No one really wants to go shopping right now."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> 0fc5e4e2b98778b7e5c0c3b16a56fc1f Why People Will Leave -- and Stay -- in the Big Cities for 04/28/2020 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The coronavirus has rearranged American life. Mask wearing and social distancing is still required in the stores, gyms and restaurants now open, or set to be, across the nation. </p> <p>But what about the big, crowded cities? New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and, of course, New York have become the virus hotspots mainly because they put people in close quarters with other breathing people. That's how infection spreads. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 28, 2020</p> 9069275e7719d0124893fbb95507a74c Can the Earth Breathe Deeply as Oil Use Crashes? for 04/23/2020 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The bizarre collapse in oil prices reflects a world largely shut at home. People are no longer driving much or flying at all. Factories are silent. The supply hasn't changed radically in the past month. It's the demand that's crumbled. </p> <p>Environmentalists, hold that thought. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 23, 2020</p>