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Opinion

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editorial: Demilitarize The Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Images of heavily armed police officers equipped with armored vehicles and other military gear confronting demonstrators who were protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager …

Column: Obama Tests Limits on Executive Orders

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments …

Column: Missouri’s Alternative for Primary Care

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everyone agrees that the United States does not have enough primary-care physicians. There are huge swaths of the nation, especially rural and inner-city areas, that lack any primary-care physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the shortage is at least 16,000 doctors. Various strategies have …

Willem Lange: A Musical Web Link Sends Me on a Sentimental Journey Home

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I wandered today to the hill, Maggie, to watch the scene below: The creek and the old rusty mill, Maggie, where we sat in the long, long ago. I really should spend less time in front of this computer. Like a maelstrom, it can suck you into so …

Forum, Aug. 13: The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings; The Spirit in Dorchester; Let’s Talk About Gun Violence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings To the Editor: I appreciated the Aug. 3 column by Randall Balmer (“Welcome the Stranger? Politicians and the Bible Have Conflicting Message on Immigrants”). Like a poker player who calls the bluff of an opponent and finds that the opponent has a very weak …

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: It’s Sunny, In a Bad Way

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You probably haven’t noticed, but the sun has been more restless lately. Scientists have been predicting an upswing in volatile solar behavior, resulting in “space weather” that poses a surprisingly dangerous threat to modern society. A big “coronal mass ejection” is one of the least commonly discussed natural …

Column: Obama Mulls Cynical Immigration Order

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

Column: There Go the Neighborhoods, Authors Say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Now, “being ‘neighborly’ means leaving those around you in peace.” Or think …

Column: Baby Steps for Congressional Cooperation

Monday, August 11, 2014

When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across …

Editorial: States Restrict Abortions, Putting Burdens on Women

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several states have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every …