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Opinion

Column: When Full Disclosure Promotes Mischief

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course …

Editorial: Selfies and Self-Delusion

Saturday, April 19, 2014

As if there isn’t enough to worry about, we learned the other day that taking a “selfie” while driving might actually be legal. It might …

Column: Snowden Story: Public Service or Betrayal?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington On Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward …

Letter: Zoning Decision Not in Public Interest

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: I’ve never been satisfied with any board deciding what is right or wrong for any municipality, and the recent decision by the Lebanon Zoning Board is a good example why. In czar-like fashion, the board decided (by a 3-2 vote) that Dana Seguin’s request to …

Letter: Push Back Against Casino Interests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: The persistence in New Hampshire of casino interests and their lobbyists and supporters is impressive and speaks to the huge profits they anticipate. It is important for those of us concerned about the welfare of our fellows (and ourselves) to keep speaking up. The latest …

Letter: Men's Behavior Is at Issue

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: Robert Spottswood’s thoughtful reasoning (“An End to Sexual Assault,” Forum, April 10) gives me hope if we can manage to maintain focus on the core problem with sexual assault. I worry, however, that in the aftermath of the trial involving two Dartmouth students we are …

Letter: Screen-Obsessed Children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Screen-Obsessed Children To the Editor: Twenty years ago, one of my 11th-grade English students told me, “I never finished a book in my life until I took your class.” He was the canary tweeting in the coal mine about the mouse-click, digital, touch-screen tsunami about to inundate America, …

Column: Scoring Cheap Points for Paycheck Fairness

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here’s a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not that you’d know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the …

Column: The Senate and CIA Must Resolve Ugly Dispute About Torture

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voted to declassify parts of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. The White House, the CIA and the Senate still have to negotiate which portions of the report will be redacted before …

Monday, April 14, 2014

Editorial: Dangers of High-Frequency Trading

Monday, April 14, 2014

In The Financier, his great novel of American capitalism, Theodore Dreiser describes the thinking of his hero, Frank Cowperwood, who exploited banks, the state and investors. It isn’t wise to steal outright, Cowperwood concludes; that would be wrong. But “there were so many situations wherein what one might …

Column: Prosecutors Increasingly Use Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

Monday, April 14, 2014

For 16 months, San Francisco Bay area rapper Deandre Mitchell — better known as Laz Tha Boy — has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be …

Column: The Brave New World of Medicine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and …