Opinion

Column: We Can Have Change Without Prosecution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seattle Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Michael Brown, according to the decision by a grand jury. It’s a …

Editorial: Gratitude Is Good for You

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving, and the expectation is that you will dish up at least a dollop of gratitude, even if it’s been a miserable year …

Column: Ferguson Case Held No Easy Path to Justice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome …

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in …

Column: Bernie Sanders Takes On the Billionaire Class

Friday, November 21, 2014

I’m going out on a limb here, but: Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont is sounding more and more like a man who intends to defy the doubters and run. And he could play an important role …

Column: Keystone: Liberals Need a Reality Check

Friday, November 21, 2014

Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be “game over for the climate,” says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James Hansen. Heeding Hansen’s words, environmentalists have sworn to stop the project, which requires U.S. government approval. Yet large, bipartisan …

Column: A Hatred Beyond Reason in Jerusalem

Friday, November 21, 2014

There are terror attacks, and there are pogroms. The attack at a Jerusalem synagogue this week that killed four rabbis was a pogrom. It was an attack motivated not by politics but by religious hatred; it was directed not at Israelis but at Jews. The killers were armed …

Forum, Nov. 21: Clean Hands, a Strategy; Book Angels Are Back; Keystone Pipeline Isn’t Needed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good, Healthy Habits To the Editor: In response to Abner Schlabach’s letter on Nov. 18 (“Clean Hands, Dirty Doors?”), which proposed a foot-operated door for restrooms to avoid contamination from people’s unwashed hands, I want to suggest an alternate cost-free strategy. I use the paper towel I dried …

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, …

Column: Immigration Action Might Open Other Doors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama’s plan for unilateral action on immigration reform. Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability …

Column: Cynical Origins of Obamacare Revealed

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of …

Column: Are Electric Cars Greener? That Depends

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Long thought a thing of the future, electric cars are becoming mainstream. Sales in the United States of plug-in, electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. Credible forecasts see the number rising within a decade to half a million vehicles per year, which would easily exceed sales of the …