Opinion

Friday, November 21, 2014

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. …

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 …

Column: Americans, Left and Right, Are Warlike

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else. But it only took a couple of beheadings by Islamic State to turn a nation of war-weary noninterventionists into an …

Column: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Trivializes Vets’ Experience

Saturday, November 15, 2014

During a recent gathering of Vietnam veterans, our conversation went from Vietnam to the often heard “Thank you for your service,” which has become more popular since Iraq and Afghanistan. We all agreed that it made us uncomfortable, not because we don’t appreciate service, but because the statement …

Editorial: The Office Cubicle

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The word “cubicle” conjures rows of office workers toiling in anonymity behind low walls that keep out neither noise nor nettlesome colleagues. But apparently there are those who aspire to the corner cubicle. The New York Times reported recently that some eminent publishing houses, including HarperCollins and the …

Saturday Forum: Immigration Reform; Library Survey in Weathersfield

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Immigration Reform Is Imperative To the Editor: A number of Americans are angry with undocumented immigrants because they contend that they are breaking civil laws. They fail to acknowledge the fact that not all of our laws are necessarily moral or just; one only has to look back …

Friday, November 14, 2014

Column: Midterm Math and Flaws in How We Count

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Republican Rick Scott won the Florida midterm election for governor, but 51.8 percent of voters did not want him. Democrat Gina Raimondo was elected governor of Rhode Island, despite 59.2 percent of voters choosing someone else. What is …

Column: Supreme Court Justices May Make Mincemeat of Health Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

Washington Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. They …

Column: The Brazen New World of Cyberhackers

Friday, November 14, 2014

San Francisco Years ago hackers planted malicious software on computer systems that control parts of the United States’ critical infrastructure, including pieces of the electrical grid, gas and water systems. The malware, which the Department of Homeland Security warned about only last month, was dubbed BlackEnergy and traced …

Column: Democrats Must Sharpen Their Economic Message

Friday, November 14, 2014

A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Economic messages are serious business for Democrats. Republicans tend to win elections not when their own economic messages are plausible (such instances are too few to be statistically …

Editorial: Reforming the Postal Service

Friday, November 14, 2014

Of all the tasks confronting the newly elected Congress, none is more basic, in terms of plain old democratic governance, than reforming the U.S. Postal Service. This workhorse agency, which epitomizes the federal government in the daily lives of ordinary citizens, is reeling from a double whammy: technological …