Opinion

Column: Let’s Talk About Death — Specificially Yours

Sunday, February 14, 2016

In his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, the poet and philosopher Rainer Maria Rilke had his protagonist expound on an old wisdom, …

Editorial: One Bright Spot on Gun Regulation

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our nomination for least surprising news story of the past week appeared in Monday’s New York Times under the headline “Crackdown Plan for Gun Sellers …

Column: What Good Are Health Insurers, Anyway?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

When I was a university student in Canada, I heard an economics professor explain the difference between U.S. and Canadian health care in a way …

Column: Are Conspiracy Theorists Prone to Violence?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

On Jan. 26, FBI agents made public a foiled plot against the Freemasons. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was arrested with a machine gun and silencer. The FBI alleges that he intended to storm the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in …

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Clay Bennett, Glenn McCoy and Signe Wilkinson …

Sunday Forum: Restoring the Draft; Clinton’s Lifetime of Helping Others; Obama’s Presidency Was a Success; Sinclair Lewis’ Warning

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Draft Is a Way of Paying Your Dues To the Editor: In reference to the op-ed by Paul Marx (“Bring Back the Draft for a Better America,” Feb. 10), I agree heartily. Now that all branches of the military will apparently be open to women, including the …

Column: Trump and Sanders Offer Magic

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by …

Editorial: Court Puts Brakes on Clean Power

Saturday, February 13, 2016

While Washington was glued to the New Hampshire primary results, the Supreme Court dropped a bombshell, placing a hold on the core of President Obama’s global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan. This will inevitably prompt speculation that the five conservative justices meant to tie up the program …

Column: There’s Life in the Bush Candidacy Yet

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington A most unfamiliar likeness of Jeb Bush appeared on Americans’ television screens the morning after the New Hampshire primary. This version looked alive. The onetime front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination was asked, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, …

Column: Welcome, Boredom

Saturday, February 13, 2016

At the post office, the queue was seven agitated people long. Normally I’d have put in earbuds, listened to something on my phone. But I’d quit recently: No more headphones. No more podcasts on the go. No more Spotify at the gym. Boredom was my new fix, an …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Editorial: Rethinking Police Use of Deadly Force

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eighteen months after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a top police research organization has issued 30 guiding principles on the use of deadly force by officers. Police forces should embrace and incorporate these principles …

Column: Kids Bear the Brunt of GOP Debates

Friday, February 12, 2016

We try so hard to protect our children from danger, but that’s not always possible. This sad truth hit home Saturday night when my 6-year-old daughter came running down the stairs in her Peanuts pajamas, sobbing hysterically and shivering with terror. “Daddy, Daddy, I’m frightened!” she cried, throwing …