Ralph ReilandI got an e-mail the other day from a transgendered group about their special problems with the new naked pictures and federal groping at the airports.

Thomas SowellThe biggest battle in the lame-duck session of Congress may well be over whether or not to extend the Bush administration's tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire in January. The fact that this decision has been left until late in the eleventh hour, even though the expiration date has been known for years, tells us a lot about the utter irresponsibility of Congress.

Chip WoodDid you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock?

Sam BlumenfeldThe world has been waiting for the Israeli Air Force to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities for several years. Iran has threatened to wipe Israel — a nation of over seven million people — off the map, and it has embarked on a program to produce a nuclear weapon to do the job.

An old song comes to mind as the old year passeth. The song, in turn, brings to mind a lesson from that marvelously down-to-earth book of the Bible, Ecclesiastes. If you have not, as a tactful old preacher used to say, read Ecclesiastes "lately," I will say only that it expresses the sadness of a wise man who observes the brevity and futility of life and attempts to discern what it is good for a man to do in his few days of toil and trouble under the sun.
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