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Construction crews work after protests, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. The protests were part of a demonstration against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Build, baby, build! In times of crisis, building is what Americans do best

If the unfolding economic pain caused by COVID-19 didn't cause businesses to board up, construction projects to halt and despair to settle upon the collective bones of our body politic, some of the protests-turned-riots, from Santa Monica to Manhattan, certainly did the trick. So, this week, as we sweep up broken glass and restock merchandise, and as various states shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of reopening plans, the moment enjoins us to ask, "well, what now?" Our answer: Build, baby, build.

This June 22, 2019, photo shows the exterior of the New York Times building in New York. Some staff members at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick to protest editorial decisions they found insensitive about protests over George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Current groupthink enforces systemic silence at The New York Times

There are places on the planet where the natural urge for free expression is not allowed. The United States has never been one of those forbidding spots -- until now. Like a smoldering match dropped too close to a gas pump, the inexcusable police killing of a black man has blown racial sensitivities sky high. The resulting concussion has stripped away the great American tradition of searching for a pathway to peace through reasoned discussion, replacing it with robotic recognition of "systemic racism." So much for unfettered speech in "the land of the free."

Protesters march through the streets of Manhattan, New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. New York City lifted the curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule Sunday after a peaceful night, free of the clashes or ransacking of stores that rocked the city days earlier. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Bummer in the city: Disease and violence prove a buzzkill for urban life

Cities thrive because they are centers of human activity. Cities decay for the same reason -- because they are centers of human activity. The difference between urban growth and shrinkage is the nature of the human activity. The quality of life their major cities offer is no longer sufficient that Americans are proud to call them "home." Sadly, the outbreak of twin scourges of disease and anarchy is hastening the hollowing out of the nation's population centers. It's an ugly black eye for blue leadership, which is to say, the Democratic Party.

In this March 2020 file photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP) ** FILE **

Blinded by science: Why modern faith in 'expertise' should be tempered

Among the most admired men and women in America today are our technical experts. They tend to reside in Silicon Valley or Boston, and even in The Washington Times' own backyard, Montgomery County, Maryland. They work in bits and bytes, and are given over to making astounding pronouncements on seemingly-miraculous health cures, colonizing the outer galaxies of the Milky Way, advanced weapons systems and uploading our consciousness onto computers to achieve immortality.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon capsule, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard, lifts off Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The soaring hope of SpaceX

On Sunday, as the hour approached midnight, and right around the time the destruction and looting of Washington reached a pitch that would find the historic 200-year-old St. John's Episcopal Church (among many other places throughout the United States) across from the White House desecrated and set fire, American Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were docking with the International Space Station.

The Family Dollar on East New York Street, seen Monday, June 1, 2020, was heavily damaged by fire in downtown Aurora, Ill., Sunday night. While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after tense weekend protests over the death of George Floyd, destruction and unrest spread to the city's neighborhoods and suburbs. (Rick West/Daily Herald via AP)

Anarchy disguised as anger: Street violence trashes the quest for justice

The mask is off. Followers of the political left indoctrinated to believe America was conceived in oppression have dropped their pretense of crusading to create a more perfect union. Always on the scout for a means with which to dismantle America, they have opted for the most direct ploy yet: Light the match of racial strife and burn it down. They won't succeed, though, because hundreds of millions of citizens see through the charade and won't stand for their malice.

In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington. Newly released FBI documents show the FBI concluded Mr. Flynn believed he was telling the truth at the time of his interviews with bureau agents. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

It is time to end the political prosecution of Michael Flynn

The Trump-Russia collusion ruse has been unraveled, proven false and buried in the annals of dirty politics, except for one dangling strand -- the relentless persecution of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that masquerades as legitimate prosecution. Knowing that a nation can't long endure without respect for justice, judges with the authority to intervene should gavel the case to a close.

A voter drops off their mail-in ballot prior to the primary election, in Willow Grove, Pa., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mailed-in votes often wind up missing in action

The coronavirus has been a killer of the conventional. Even as health dangers diminish, pressure is building for a radical shift in long-standing custom for the way the nation elects its leaders. Vote-by-mail may be a common-sense method of avoiding the risk of infection amid busy polling stations for the most vulnerable, but staking the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on postal proficiency is reckless.

The SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, sits on Launch Pad 39-A Monday, May 25, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Two astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on May 27. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SpaceX brings renewed expectations to crewed space exploration

Americans were not meant to sit on their hands with their feet up on the coffee table. Our forebears of more than 10 generations took leaps of faith -- some by ship, some by foot and some by airplane -- all to light upon a new land where they could chase their wildest dreams. A new chapter in the story of the nation's journey begins Wednesday when a fresh generation of spacecraft, labeled "Made in America," lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. New adventures and opportunities await, somewhere out there.

The tennis ball of french veteran Nicolas Mahut is marked with a sign during a training session in the French Tennis Federation center near the grounds of the French Open in Paris, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 under the watchful eye of a team doctor and courtside trainers. Professional tennis players resumed training in France after the end of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Tennis ball guidelines for COVID-19?

Laura Curran, the chief executive of Nassau County, New York, may have made a monkey out of herself while explaining how things would go in the post-COVID environment now that the county was reopening its tennis courts.

In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) **FILE**

The fanciful Flynn case: Persistent prosecution of Obama-era prey has lost its appeal

Fantasy has its place, but it's not the courtroom. With more than a full share of unlikely twists, the case against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI has lost a line of sight with reality. When the legal process carries prosecution of a citizen beyond the bounds of common sense, Americans sense instinctively that the system is out of whack. For the law to be respected, the law must be just.

In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo, Bob Berkel reads a couple of newspapers during the coronavirus pandemic outside the Stockbridge Library, in Stockbridge, Mass. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Supporting journalism's role in civil society

These days it is both common and unpleasant to hear espoused, especially by members of the elite, that the coronacrisis is helpfully accelerating the demise -- if not total destruction -- of sclerotic industries. One such industry, and everyone's favorite whipping boy, if we are being honest, is the media, particularly newspapers, which seem to have now regressed from a decade-long serious condition to one in need of critical attention.

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