Opinion

Monday, May 4, 2015

Editorial: Japan’s History

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seven decades after the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan have agreed to significantly expand military cooperation. It shows, as President Barack …

Column: ‘Wolf Hall’ Stretches Truth, Marvelously

Monday, May 4, 2015

Washington Wolf Hall, the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and …

Forum, April 27: Who Are the Real True Believers?; Ayotte and Climate Change; Let’s Talk About Addiction

Monday, April 27, 2015

Who Are the True Believers? To the Editor: In a response to my Forum letter, Dick Tracy hopelessly confuses what the science tells us about climate change with the policy responses available to combat it (“ ‘Science’ Has Often Been Wrong,” April 18). Let’s untangle his arguments. First, in …

Column: May 4, 1970 — Four Dead in Ohio

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forty-five years ago, on May 4, 1970, at half past noon, I was watching pints of blood flow out of Jeffrey Miller’s head onto the asphalt parking lot of Kent State University. He had been shot by Ohio …

Editorial: Poor-Mouthing in Hartford

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford officials are warning that the decision by voters at Town Meeting to effectively cut $220,000 from next year’s proposed $15. 7 million municipal budget has set in motion a downward budgetary spiral that could culminate in coming years in such disasters as crumbling infrastructure, unplowed roads, and …

Column: The Trade Deal Isn’t a Good Deal for Us

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The arcane details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are probably boring . . . but we don’t know since the negotiations and complex details have been shrouded in secrecy. TPP is a pending trade agreement among a dozen countries. President Obama and Congress intend to put TPP approval on …

Column: Shame Can Be a Force for Good

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leadership gurus often talk about blame-storming, which is just like brainstorming except that the purpose is to find a scapegoat for something that’s gone wrong. Social media is now producing what you might call “shame-storming,” where some offense …

Column: The Brain Is Hard-Wired to Make Grammatical Errors

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I am a writer, which is why it’s particularly embarrassing that I sometimes type the word “right” when I mean to type “write.” Shouldn’t I know better? Just yesterday, I typed “there” when I meant “their.” And I’ll even admit that I’ve committed the most mocked grammar error …

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles and Mike Marland …

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Editorial: Tight Squeeze In Coach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you’ve flown in coach lately, you know how it feels to be a foot in a shoe that’s a size too small. And attention passengers, things are getting worse. This newspaper recently ran a column by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times in which he reported …

Columnist: The Billionaires Choose Their Candidates

Friday, April 24, 2015

The news that delivered the biggest jolt to the 2016 presidential campaign this week wasn’t anything the candidates said or did. It was an offhand comment from a billionaire, David H. Koch, at a dinner of wealthy Republicans …