. . . money each week to help other people. You can afford it financially, and you will profit from it morally and, for gifts that honor God, spiritually. If you're unsure which charities to support, consider those listed in the right column of Unca D under "Good Works." Also consider sending money . . .
FOR MORE than two centuries, even before the formation of the United States, the answer has been no. To ask the question was a fool's errand. Despite recession and depression, despite wars and rumors of war, despite bad presidents and worse legislators and judges, despite it all, the longer trajectory was ever upward. Choose your own measure. Material prosperity. Life expectacy. International power. Better prospects for women and racial minorities. Up, up, up.
ONE DEFENSE of the thoroughgoing liberalism of the Houston Chronicle's miserable editorial board is that conservatives get a fair shake on the op-eds. That's the newspaper's idea of balance: Hire not one local right-leaning opinionator; just rent a conservative from the national syndicates every now and again.
But there is no balance among the Chronicle's op-eds. The left end of the seesaw is heavy in numbers, light in common sense and, in some cases, decency. The right end is . . .
Comparing four newspaper ledes on the death of Kim Jong Il offers a useful primer on the shortcomings of the Houston Chronicle and New York Times and the relatively better work at the Washington Post (where, at least, the liberals are adults and editors still demand journalism) and the generally excellent Wall Street Journal.
Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader . . .