Ross Mackenzie applies the lens of historical significance to today's headlines in his weekly nationally syndicated column. The veteran newspaper writer and editorial page editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch offers insightful commentary about current events, exploring topical subjects in areas ranging from foreign affairs and class-action lawsuits to culture and family.
Mackenzie joined The Richmond News Leader in 1965, and four years later was named editor of the paper's editorial page -- a position previously held by both James J. Kilpatrick and Douglas Southall Freeman. After the 1992 merger of the News Leader and the Richmond Times-Dispatch he became the editorial page editor at the latter, overseeing the editorial and op-ed pages and the paper's Sunday commentary section. He is the only person to have directed the editorial pages of both Richmond dailies.
Mackenzie was runner-up for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize in commentary, and in a long page-one story around that time, The Washington Post termed him "the most feared journalist in Virginia" possessing "one of the most ferocious styles in American journalism." He is also the recipient of Sigma Delta Chi's first Eugene Pulliam fellowship for editorial writers.
Mackenzie received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale and a master of arts in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has written several books, including Brief Points: An Almanac for Parents and Friends of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen (1993 and 1996) and Eyewitness: Writings from the Ordeal of Communism (1992), which he co-wrote with Todd Culbertson. He also produced a syndicated history feature with editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly.
Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
With key institutions grown effete, standards of right and wrong descend into a moral miasma of relativistic goo.
What are some principal developments and changes witnessed during a 30-year career in syndication -- indeed, a 46-year career in the newspaper business?
The catalyst for a career in writing may have been Miss Krenwinkel -- my 8th-grade teacher at Skokie School in Winnetka, Ill. Along about November, she informed my parents I would not be promoted to the vaunted New Trier High School unless I wrote more "compositions."
It was not the dread Chamber of Commerce (to hear President Obama tell it), but a union...
A selection of quotations about issues in the news....
Will the President's passivity regarding Libya rank among his greatest failings of all?
Suddenly, the Libyan turmoil and its subsequent Obamian abdication of leadership have led -- again -- to heightened fears about America's energy future.
A March mixture of comments about items in the news....
Joy at the expansion of liberty -- maybe even of democracy -- is the only defensible sentiment.
The week has brought two potentially future-altering stories -- one out of Florida, the other out of the Middle East.
Didn't you think the president gave a marvelous State of the Union address? He was so, you know, civil. Americans may crave civility, but they crave honesty more.
How's it going in the new year? Let's see....
Quotes on the economy as the new year begins.
What was the worst legislative decision of the passing year? The gigantically unpopular ObamaCare. And what was the year's best judicial ruling? Federal District Judge Henry Hudson's determination that in enacting ObamaCare, Congress exceeded its constitutional authority.
Dear Pelosi/Reid Congress, in the words of the monotonously repetitive holiday song, I want to wish you a merry Christmas. What a distinguished record you have amassed.
Quotations on items currently in the news....
Bulleted comments on items currently in the news....
The Democratic Congress is now embarked on a lame-duck session that ought to be history's last.
Whenever giving major thanks, the fear is to leave someone -- or something -- out.