Nanny State on Townhall

Chuck Norris - Tue May 15

With Mother's Day right at our back, I want to address one of the most extreme overreaches by the federal government into American homes that I've seen in a long time. Then I want to call on my own 91-year-old mother, who was raised in rural Oklahoma and worked in cotton fields with her family during the Great Depression, to help set straight the rural farm and child labor record. ... more

Debra J. Saunders - Sun Apr 22

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Proposition 29, the measure on the June 5 ballot in California to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1, to $1.87 per pack. ... more

Helen Whalen Cohen - Sun Apr 1

Julie Gunlock - Tue Mar 27

When soft drinks were invented in the late 18th century, they were sold mainly in pharmacies and used for their “medicinal qualities,” which were thought to treat everything from stomach ailments to headaches and even impotence. How times have changed. ... more

Walter E. Williams - Wed Mar 14

Last month, at a Raeford, N.C., elementary school, a teacher confiscated the lunch of a 5-year-old girl because it didn't meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines and therefore was deemed nonnutritious. She replaced it with school cafeteria chicken nuggets. ... more

John Stossel - Wed Mar 14

"If you have 10,000 regulations," Winston Churchill said, "you destroy all respect for law." ... more

John Hawkins - Tue Mar 13

Jonah Goldberg - Fri Mar 9

There's a great scene in the movie "The Right Stuff" where the original Mercury astronauts are checking out the capsule for their first trips to space. They're horrified to discover that the German scientists in charge of the program see the astronauts as nothing more than living props. ... more

Armstrong Williams - Tue Feb 28

I stand for some pretty radical principles—that is, they’re radical by the standards of our time. ... more

Susan Brown - Sat Feb 25

President and Mrs. Obama seem to be terrific parents and should be commended for the steps they have taken to improve the health and well-being of America's kids. ... more

Jeff Jacoby - Mon Jan 23

Cable TV service can be purchased in Boston for as little as 55 cents a day, a burden the city's top politician regards as so unjust that he is demanding the legal power to override it ... more

Rebecca Hagelin - Fri Dec 16

Culture Challenge of the Week: Schools as Parents ... more

Mona Charen - Fri Dec 16

A few months ago, tooling along in my brand new Honda (aka "cute car"), I came to a stop at a red light. On my right, a police cruiser with lights flashing was investigating a fender bender. ... more

Mona Charen - Fri Dec 16

A few months ago, tooling along in my brand new Honda (aka "cute car"), I came to a stop at a red light. On my right, a police cruiser with lights flashing was investigating a fender bender. A total of three cars, the two that were in the accident plus the police car, were off on the shoulder. I was waiting for the light to change when -- bam -- someone crashed into me from behind. ... more

San Francisco - Thu Dec 1

What? People work around silly laws? ... more

Helen Whalen Cohen - Wed Nov 30

Rich Tucker - Wed Nov 30

My grandmother used to prefer margarine to butter. Whether that was because she thought it was healthier or because she preferred the flavor, we’ll never know. Clearly, though, she hadn’t been paying attention to the federal government. ... more

Ken Blackwell - Mon Nov 21