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Column: Fall Was My Father’s Season, and Halloween Was His Night

Friday, October 31, 2014

My father was reserved and taciturn, traits he inherited from his Edwardian mother, who wore her collars up to the chin and a perpetual look of disapproval. Occasionally, though, at about this time of year, he let loose a little. Something about All Hallow’s Eve — talk of ghouls and ghosts, spirits and séances — must have appealed to a chemist awed by the mysteries of molecules and the infinite …

Column: Moderate Thunder Rumbles Out in Kansas

Friday, October 31, 2014

Iola, Kan. The several dozen citizens gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries intent on reversing the direction of the government in Topeka. Yet the results of the Tea Party rebellion four years …

Column: But What If the Republicans Don’t Sweep?

Friday, October 31, 2014

The prevailing assumption is that Republicans will take the Senate in the midterm elections on Nov. 4. It would be a surprise if they didn’t. But not a huge surprise. In the poll averages at RealClearPolitics, Republican Senate candidates have leads smaller than 2.3 percentage points in Alaska, Georgia and Iowa. If all three of them lost — because of better-than-expected Democratic turnout, …

Column: Safe Sext: Getting the Message to Teens

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Teens sext. Does that mean they need sext ed? The logic is compelling. Sex is an activity in which some teens (and adults!) participate. It can be enticing. It can be dangerous. It can have life-changing ramifications. Thus, sex education. Sexting is also an activity in which some …

Willem Lange: There Was a Time When Scrappy Americans Pulled Together

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It’s difficult, I suppose, for the majority of our population — those between, say, 20 and 60 — to appreciate the enormity of the challenges our nation has faced and overcome in the lifetimes of those of us ending our eighth decade. My parents were married during the …

Column: Beware a Republican-Controlled Congress

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With two weeks to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes are high — not just for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but for the United States. The consequences of Republican control of …

Column: Beating Ebola Through a National Plan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain is an important initial step in mobilizing a coordinated national effort to confront this deadly virus. As the first U.S. hospital to successfully treat Ebola patients, Emory University Hospital has a unique perspective on the scope of the effort and skill …

Column: They’re Proud to Be ‘Clinton Democrats’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes …

Column: Why U.S. Should Provide Ukraine Weapons

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of Congress last month, he thanked the United States for its assistance in confronting Russian aggression, and indeed, our country, along with our NATO allies, has done much. …

Column: Most Common Side Effect of Ebola Is Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn’t protect two Dallas …

Column: Events Expose Depth of Racial Injustice

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s a social-justice movement taking hold across the nation. Michael Brown’s death, which turned Ferguson, Mo., into a battleground this past summer, has helped catalyze a larger struggle for racial and economic justice in America. And St. Louis, where 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. was shot and killed by …

Column: America Must Help Homeless Female Veterans

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ginger Miller served in the U.S. Navy as a bosun’s mate, receiving a medical discharge for an in-service accident. Although her service skills didn’t readily transfer to civilian life, she never dreamed she’d end up homeless, living on the streets for three years with her 2-year-old son and …