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…

Thank who, and why?

by Barbara Simpson -- I had an interesting conversation this afternoon with a young man who was at my home for some maintenance work. As he readied to leave, I thanked him more…

Amnesty gone? Think again!

by Barbara Simpson -- I've seen the headlines calling "amnesty" a dead issue this legislative year and, while technically that may be true, the real goal of this administration to protect and more…