Both parties flunk this test

by Barbara Simpson -- It's a good thing the two political parties didn't have me in charge of grading their speeches last week. They both would have flunked. What an insulting collection more…

The coat-hanger option

by Barbara Simpson -- The 10th Annual "Walk for Life West Coast" took place in San Francisco on Jan. 25. It was a great success. Begun in 2005 with some 7,500 people more…

The 'Core' is rotten

by Barbara Simpson -- Recently, in Antioch, Calif., a hapless wanna-be bank robber handed a Wells Fargo Bank teller his heist note – but he didn't get a cent. Local headlines snickered more…

How about a really deadly polar vortex?

by Barbara Simpson -- Let's talk cold. Think the recent blanket of winter that swept the country with wind, snow and frigid temperatures. It disrupted life for millions – from traffic to more…

Americans surrounded by stupidity

by Barbara Simpson -- Commentators often use their last column of the year, or the first of the New Year, to summarize what's happened, the 10 best or worst, or anticipate for more…

Strong-arm thought control

by Barbara Simpson -- Just what we needed for Christmas – yes, I said it, "Christmas" – that national holiday that commemorates the birth of the Christ Child. Christians looked forward to more…

The pope's problems

by Barbara Simpson -- If you're a Catholic hater – and there are many around the world and, yes, even in the United States – the Church founded by Jesus Christ is more…

The Helle, you say!

by Barbara Simpson -- The more I watch the Obama administration at what it ostensibly calls "work" while it runs out the clock on the remaining years of his second term, my more…

Mandela: Dead but more alive than ever

by Barbara Simpson -- They say the death of Nelson Mandela was a shock to Americans. But why? The man was 95 years old and had been hospitalized for weeks. There's no more…

Bye, bye plastic bags and smoking

by Barbara Simpson -- Traditionally this country was known as "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Traditionally, perhaps. Currently, not so much. What makes it worse, is more…