A Call for Unity After Virginia Shooting

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Op-Ed

Wednesday, June 14, could have turned into a day of mourning as a gunman opened fire and injured five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is, as of this writing, in critical condition. This incident has prompted bipartisanship and unity nationwide amid a time of toxic political divisions and mistrust.

Drain the Swamp or Tame the Swamp?

Written by Josh Siegel on . Posted in Op-Ed

In the 2016 elections, there was one local vote that I think deserves to be talked about a little more. Question B on the ballot for Montgomery County was passed, instituting term limits of three terms of four years for the County Executive and for County Council members. This is a dramatic measure that will abruptly force four of the nine councilmen out during the next election cycle. This could have disastrous effects down the road.

Trump and Transactionalism

Written by Naftali Quartey on . Posted in Op-Ed

Those of us who observed Shavuot last week by unplugging for the duration of the holiday emerged from our media blackout to the news that President Trump had invented a word and pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement. The former is simply a goofy incident and fodder for the relentless 24-hour news cycle, but the latter may be an ongoing episode worth examining and is perhaps a turning point in American international relations.

Mahmoud Abbas is No Martin McGuinness

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Op-Ed

During his trip to Israel last month, President Donald Trump remarked in a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem that “The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace.” Unfortunately, compared to the late Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader Martin McGuinness, who passed away two months ago, “reaching for peace” has been anything but the case for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

To Understand (and Lower) Drug Costs, Understand Drug Development

Written by Kenneth I. Kohn on . Posted in Op-Ed

In a 2014 article in Chemical and Engineering news, it was reported that the cost of bringing a drug from concept to the marketplace is $2.6 billion. With such astronomical development costs, the high retail price of drugs in order to provide a return on investment to drug developers should not be surprising.

The Case for Keeping the Ten Commandments

Written by Howard Slugh on . Posted in Op-Ed

In its next term, the Supreme Court may determine whether a New Mexico city can constitutionally display the Ten Commandments in the case of Felix v. City of Bloomfield. Many Jews have previously expressed apathy or even hostility to public displays of the Decalogue. This is a mistake. Jews should seek to reaffirm the Ten Commandments’ importance, as they are a Jewish contribution to America.

How President Trump Can Create a Middle East Legacy

Written by David Bedein on . Posted in Op-Ed

During his upcoming sojourn to the Middle East, President Trump has the power to invest in a legacy for generations that can now be achieved: a humanitarian solution for 5 million descendants of Arab refugees who fled from the nascent Israel in 1948, who have dwelled ever since in 59 “temporary” refugee camps (hosted by the UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.