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Opinion

Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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 …

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 …

Forum, Sept. 9: Alternative Fuel; Climate Hope

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Begin Switch to Cleaner Fuels To the Editor: Media coverage of American economic policy has often focused on the need to ensure long-term energy supplies, ignoring evidence that CO2 (carbon dioxide) releases from our currently used fuels are a major factor in global warming. Linking abundant energy with …

Half-Measures Won’t Stop Global Threats

Monday, September 8, 2014

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the …

My Client Was Just Freed From Death Row, And I’m Furious

Monday, September 8, 2014

Watching an innocent client walk out of prison is every defense lawyer’s dream, especially for those of us who represent people condemned to die. This week, I got to watch my client, Henry McCollum, North Carolina’s longest serving …

The Cost Of Courage

Monday, September 8, 2014

In February, Republican strategist Karl Rove chastised President Obama for ignoring “his own Bowles-Simpson deficit commission” and making “no effort to reduce the long-term debt burden.” Now Crossroads GPS, the political group for which Rove serves as senior adviser, is running advertisements attacking Democrats who did support Simpson-Bowles. …

Column: Obama Is Tougher on Terror Than He Sounds

Monday, September 8, 2014

Question: Who said this about the war on terror? “I don’t think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.” Answer: Not Barack Obama, but the …

Dan Mackie: We Cut Our Cable, and Survived

Sunday, September 7, 2014

About two years ago, we cut the cord. I don’t remember what made me it do — I have canceled cable TV in moments of cheapness or distress about lousy shows before — but this time it stuck. …

Editorial: Hartford’s School Bus Contract

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Hartford School Board appears to have adopted “close enough for government work” as its standard for conducting the public’s business. Indeed, the lack of scrupulousness implied by the phrase accurately reflects the board’s actions. The problem is, of course, that “close enough for government work” isn’t nearly …

Column: Urging Precautions Doesn’t Mean Blaming the Victim

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Washington Hello, Internet users, it’s Megan McArdle again, with a friendly message about morality: You shouldn’t look at stolen nude photographs of celebrities. Yes, yes, I know — it’s not like your self-restraint will prevent millions of other …

Column: An Entrepreneur Who Pioneered in the Howard Dean Campaign

Sunday, September 7, 2014

San Francisco At age 30, Zachary Rosen has three startups to his name and thousands of miles logged on his bicycle. The serial entrepreneur founded Chapter Three, a web design consulting business, in 2006, not long after dropping …

Column: Passenger Pigeons Once Filled the Skies Here

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Connecticut River Valley was once home to the passenger pigeon, the most abundant denizen the area has ever known. Feeding and nesting in the millions, the slender, beautiful bird made its home in the river valley, feasting on nuts from the massive oaks, chestnuts, hickory, walnut and …