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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 Great Depression, and in many ways never got over it. They shielded my sister and me from the anxiety it must have …

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 both the House and Senate could be catastrophic for the environment, workers, women and minorities. …

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 required to care for such patients while also protecting the staff and public. One key …

Column: The Voters Tune Out As Money Floods In

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics …

Column: Heavy Use of Antibiotics by Farms Could Be Bad for Humans

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donald Kennedy, a Stanford University biology professor, had been commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for less than two months in 1977 when he plunged into a difficult scientific and political debate that remains unresolved today. Kennedy wanted to cut back on the widespread use of antibiotics …

Editorial: Suppressing The Vote

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The nation is about to hold a midterm congressional election that, if history is any indication, will see substantially lower turnout — and therefore results that are substantially less representative of the country at large — than votes in presidential years. Responsible politicians should be doing all they …

Column: So Here’s the Problem With Using ‘Redskins’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As a mixed-blood Muscogee/Creek Indian, I would like to commend Washington, D.C.’s professional football team on its tasteful logo. The American Indian in profile with two eagle feathers is dignified and respectful. I would also like to assure the people of Cleveland that I take no umbrage at …

Column: Lift Supreme Court’s Veil of Secrecy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Every year the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are faced with about 7,500 writs of certiorari seeking appellate review of lower court decisions, granting only 75 to 80. It takes four justices to grant a writ, though amazingly that rule is nowhere written down and the justices …

Where Is the World as Sierra Leone Suffers?

Monday, October 13, 2014

In late September, Sierra Leone embarked on a three-day national shutdown for an Ebola house-to-house sensitization, deploying thousands of government staff, NGO workers and volunteers in an attempt to identify Ebola infections and educate a frightened public about …

Column: FCC Is Right to Worry About Comcast Merger

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three years ago, cable titan John Malone — chairman of Liberty Global, the largest cable company in the world — said that when it comes to high-capacity data connections in the United States, “cable’s pretty much a monopoly now.” Last month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proved …

FEC Deadlock Breaks, a Little

Monday, October 13, 2014

If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission. The agency that oversees our campaign-finance system, by law led by three Democratic and three Republican appointees, has come to a …

The Day of Infamy Hardened the ‘People’s House’

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What is the right balance between preserving the White House as a symbol of democratic openness and turning it into a fortress bristling with Secret Service agents, guard dogs and fences that scream “Keep Out”? The egregious security …

Column: Why Electric Rates Are Rising

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New England electricity is too dependent upon natural gas-fired power plants. And we are about to pay a lot for that dependence. In recent days, several New England utilities have announced major price rises for electricity. In Massachusetts, …