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Monday, December 18, 2006

Ruth Ann Dailey: Worth Reading

Around the country there are many conservative columnists and editorialists doing great work. They aren't exactly "wasting their sweetness on the desert air," but they're not very well known.

One of these people is Ruth Ann Dailey, who has a once-a-week column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Back in the 1980s, she was a radio talk show host. Because of her teenage-girl voice (modified by age and effort?), she called herself "Pittsburgh's Barbie." She's put that phase behind her and has become one of Western Pennsylvania's most compelling conservative voices.

For years, she was married to WTAE news anchor, Scott Baker, recently dismissed from that station. For sometime, he's been married to a former Miss America contestant. 'Nough said.

Happily, Ms. Dailey is going on with her life.

An important step in her career, she once said, was the publication of her first national article in The National Review. My ears perked up because my first national article appeared in 1974 -- before Dailey's time -- in The National Review.

For years, she's been a fixture on local public television on Friday nights in the debate section of WQED's "OnQ." She regularly crosses swords with one Chris Moore, a Vietnam veteran who despises the Iraq War, President Bush, and conservatism in every form. He presumably also despises Ms. Dailey.

When people disagree with said Chris Moore vigorously, he occasionally goes ballistic. Once on WQED, Fred Honsberger, local conservative talk show fixture, criticized a point Moore had made. The response was for Moore -- on live TV -- to begin shouting uncontrollably and waving his arms at Honsberger.

Reportedly, the program's producer threatened (through the ever-present ear pieces) to pull the plug on the show if Moore didn't shut up. She feared "OnQ" might be turning into "The Jerry Springer Show."

Ms. Dailey's rational, eloquent approach tends to disarm Moore and other leftist and anti-American guests.

Her most recent column in the Post-Gazette reviews several books that will interest conservatives. One of the books is about the ever-popular topic of reconciling science and religious belief.

As Dailey says, "Joy suffuses a book mostly about science called The Language of God. Its author, Francis S. Collins, is the longtime head of the Human Genome Project.

"The book's subtitle, A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, is a bit misleading, because what Dr. Collins mostly does is explain to monotheists of all persuasions why the incontrovertible facts of evolution do not pose a threat to their religious faith or to their belief in a 'Creator God.'"

The other book she mentions is about one of my own favorite subjects, the demonstrated compassion of (most) conservatives. "Who Really Cares is a readable analysis of giving and volunteerism in America. Public policy scholar and economist Arthur Brooks skewers the notion that support for government spending programs is evidence of a charitable spirit . . . [He] demonstrates that the conservatives who oppose such government policies give away markedly more of their money and resources than liberals do, at every income level.

She concludes, "Dr. Brooks' research destroys the false stereotype of the heartless conservative."

As you can see, Dailey writes with clarity and force. She's someone conservatives around the country need to know better. (The following is the link to her column.)

A gift of books, but you'll have to buy them

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