Boy Scouts conundrum: Morals vs. money

by Jane Chastain -- For more than a century, the term "Boy Scout" has been a synonym for a person of character, someone with high moral values, who respects the law, serves more…

Unofficial Obama sequester-scare transcript

by Jane Chastain -- In an undisclosed location in the White House, unnamed Obama administration advisers huddle to discuss the impending sequestration. No official transcript exists because (for the record) this meeting more…

Ben Carson: Yes, he can!

by Jane Chastain -- It is becoming clear that the Republican successor to Ronald Reagan may not come from Congress. He may not have executive experience as a governor of a state, more…

A valentine for Michael

by Jane Chastain -- This is the time of year when we send expressions of love to those we hold dear: sweethearts, relatives and special friends. I'm offering this Valentine to a more…

Cowards!

by Jane Chastain -- Who in their right mind seriously thinks a woman has an equal chance to survive in a physical battle with a man? Why, oh why, with one foot more…

Confessions of a flu victim

by Jane Chastain -- Those of you who regularly follow my column may have noticed it has been missing for the last four weeks. During that time, I battled complications from the more…

Twas the night before Cliffmas

by Jane Chastain -- (With apologies to Clement Clark Moore, Henry Livingston Jr. or Anonymous) Twas the night before Cliffmas, when all through the House Republicans were wondering if their leader was more…

The coronation of Barack Obama

by Jane Chastain -- Americans often make fun of the English for their adoration and maintenance of the royal family. The Brits can be forgiven if they snicker over what is about more…

Poisoned by Thanksgiving dinner

by Jane Chastain -- Halloween has its share of frights. Most of them meant to scare tikes. Now, there is more to fear, but, unlike Halloween, these scary stories are meant to put more…

Evangelicals put Obama over the top

by Jane Chastain -- Much has been written about the gap between religious and non-religious voters. Those who regularly attend religious services are more likely to vote for Republican candidates, and those more…