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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Can Tweets Help the Police and Public Engage?

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the tiny town of Jun, Spain (population 3,000), meeting rooms in city hall have their own Twitter accounts. When residents want to reserve them, …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying …

Column: Illegal Drugs Aren’t as Dangerous as Scientists Say

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is America’s scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional …

Thursday Forum: Women’s Health; Milestones for Rail Trail; Hanna’s Voice on VPR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look Beyond the Rhetoric To the Editor: I stood at the polls a week ago Tuesday, struck by the absence of younger women ­­— women between 18 and 50. Their absence worries me a great deal. When I began my work as a nurse in reproductive health in …

Column: That Doomed Expedition to Discover the Northwest Passage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montpelier The recent discovery in the Canadian Arctic of what is certainly one of the lost ships of the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition has our northern neighbors abuzz with excitement. Even the Prime Minister, who had made a …

Editorial: Live and Learn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re all for practical experimentation in campus living, especially if it aims to divert students from beer pong, binge drinking and other problematical, if popular, extracurricular pursuits. Still, new housing arrangements at Dartmouth College give pause. While well meaning and seemingly liberal-minded, some innovative “living learning communities” might …

Column: Voiceless Brits and the Fate of the Union

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To misquote Winston Churchill, this is not the end of the beginning. But it is, perhaps, the beginning of the end. The United Kingdom might have a day to live. The polls in advance of tomorrow’s Scottish independence referendum show a neck and neck contest. After a collapse …

Editorial: Brown Needs to Call a Different Play

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scott Brown stuck pretty closely to the Republican playbook after winning the party’s U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire last week, excoriating his opponent in this fall’s general election, incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, for all manner of ills, real and imagined, that he attributed to her support of …

Column: Domestic Abuse Is an Equal Opportunity Horror

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, but I’ve loved people who have been. I say “people” because some of the victims have been men, despite the general Burning Bed stereotype of the muscled brute beating the living daylights out of the 100-pound female. Violence is violence, …

Column: Video Put a Face to Domestic Violence — Ray Rice’s

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When a police photo of Rihanna’s battered face was leaked in 2009, I was outraged. I criticized the media for disseminating it and refused to link to the image, because I found it “a sickening violation of Rihanna’s privacy.” I ended that column on Salon.com by hoping the …

Column: Ebola Patients Can’t Wait for Assistance

Monday, September 15, 2014

Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain the disease. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat. In West Africa, cases and deaths continue to …

Editorial: CVS Shuns Cigarettes

Monday, September 15, 2014

CVS stopped selling cigarettes last week. The move may be little more than a business calculation for the pharmacy chain. But it is one worth cheering: It makes the sale of cigarettes less ubiquitous, and it shows that, after decades of effort, smoking is getting the stigma it …

Column: The Political Magic of Rwanda’s Remarkable Road System

Monday, September 15, 2014

A friend was asking me about my recent trip to Rwanda. What, he wanted to know, surprised me the most? “I think it was the roads,” I said. “The roads were amazing.” “I’ll bet,” he said. “They must have been a mess, right?” No, just the opposite. I …