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December 8, 2016

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Bring solar back to Nevada and help vets, too
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Guest Column:
In the aftermath of the presidential election, much has been said about the need to bridge divides, build a new American economy and get the country back to work ...
Fake news on the internet and winds of hate roil the US
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Other Voices:
There is an ill wind blowing across the nation. Sometimes it is a foul gale, other times just a smelly zephyr. But it is as evil as it is nauseating, as noisome as it is cruel. It blights good fellowship, throttles reasonable discourse, and brings threatening clouds for the future ...
Truth is being suppressed in the name of sensitivity, propriety
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Other Voices:
The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness. Its misty imprecision does not disguise — it advertises — the user’s moral obtuseness ...
This holiday season, consider giving gifts with meaning
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Other Voices:
Sure, you can buy your uncle a necktie he won’t wear, or your niece an Amazon certificate she’ll forget to use. Or you can help remove shrapnel from an injured child in Syria or assist students at risk of genocide in South Sudan ...
Trump’s promises to Americans are being kept to corporations
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
As should be standard practice with Donald Trump, pay attention to the substance, not the theater. United Technologies, the parent company of air-conditioner maker Carrier, has been threatening to move more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. Trump addressed this specifically during his campaign, vowing to …
Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The lessons and meaning of Pearl Harbor are as fresh today as they were 75 years ago — “a reminder,” as former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who was wounded seriously in Italy in the last days of World War II, put it in an interview the other day, “of the price paid, of the suffering and sacrifice not only by Americans but also by …
Recount underscores Trump’s unvictorious win
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The star of this show is Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president. Stein’s lawyers recently filed paperwork to force Michigan to recheck its vote tallies. She’s also getting a recount in …
Aim for quality public schools for all, not profit-based privatization
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Studies done by the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education indicate that voucher students perform no better than their public school peers who actually outperform private school students when measures for race, disability and socioeconomic level …
Let families choose what’s best for student
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The secretary-designate has been right to champion school choice. A growing body of research demonstrates that choice …
Trump and his DOE nominee support plan that undercuts public education
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
This may sound like a reasonable option for parents interested in sending their children to private schools, but in reality the plan would do little to help many families with the cost. The plan would stick parents and states with close to …
Democrats must mend fences but can’t abandon their core
Monday, December 5, 2016
Other Voices:
Democrats are in danger of moving from complacency to panic. Neither is particularly helpful ...
Infrastructure spending stimulates boondoggles, not economy
Monday, December 5, 2016
Other Voices:
History has a sly sense of humor. It caused an epiphany regarding infrastructure projects — roads, harbors, airports, etc. — to occur on a bridge over Boston’s Charles River, hard by Harvard Yard, where rarely is heard a discouraging word about government ...
Forget about ‘identity politics’; think instead about ‘coalition’
Monday, December 5, 2016
Other Voices:
Should political candidates appeal to particular racial, ethnic or gender groups? Or should they broaden their message to appeal to all groups? Such are the questions that presidential campaigns ask themselves in the circular firing squad of blame and finger-pointing that follow a big loss ...
By declining to answer, pope raises more questions
Monday, December 5, 2016
Other Voices:
“This is not normal” — so say Donald Trump’s critics as he prepares to assume the presidency. But the U.S. republic is only the second-oldest institution facing a distinctively unusual situation at the moment. Pride of place goes to the Roman Catholic Church, which with less fanfare (perhaps because the papacy lacks a nuclear arsenal) has also entered terra incognita ...
Will Trump set his own path or be a bigger ‘Little Marco’?
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Other Voices:
Republican economic policy doesn’t have a good recent track record. The past two Republican presidents left office deeply unpopular, thanks to recessions. Ronald Reagan’s record was much better, but still not as good as Bill Clinton’s ...