Super Bowl vs. State of the Union

by Jane Chastain -- Two topics dominate the news this week: the Super Bowl and the president's annual State of the Union Address. The Super Bowl is expected to draw some 111 more…

Why the abortion issue won't go away

by Jane Chastain -- In 1983, 10 years after Roe v Wade, I interviewed Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., a darling of the left and the champion of abortion rights in the Republican more…

The Amateur

by Jane Chastain -- There is a place for amateurs. However, there are times when you definitely need a professional. Most people would never call an amateur to put in a driveway more…

The joy of Christmas

by Jane Chastain -- "Joy" is one of the most overused words of the holiday season. It's on our Christmas cards, gift tags and more. It is the subject of our songs and carols. Christmas more…

Paul Ryan's tax hike on travelers

by Jane Chastain -- The assertion by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, that their budget compromise does not raise taxes is tantamount to Barack Obama's more…

No tears for Mandela

by Jane Chastain -- Every generation needs heroes. However, the elevation of Nelson Mandela to sainthood by an adoring world is not only wrong, it is a slap in the face to more…

D-Day for homeschooling family

by Jane Chastain -- In the military, "D-Day" is the coded designation of an important invasion or military operation. The term also has been used to mark the timing for a landmark more…

What's missing this Thanksgiving?

by Jane Chastain -- The holiday table is prepared for the annual feast. There is turkey, stuffing, hot rolls and pumpkin pie, but something is missing. The holiday spirit has taken a more…

What women want

by Jane Chastain -- In the 2000 comedy, "What Women Want," Helen Hunt sent Mel Gibson home with a basket of feminine products in an effort for his character to gain insight more…