Columns

Column: Sexism Hindered, And Helped, My Career

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I got my job as a reporter at The New York Times in 1977 partly because I was a woman. Some said that I lost my job at the paper almost 30 years later for the same reason, but, while I was certainly affected by sexism, my departure was another story entirely. The Times was indisputably sexist in the early 1970s, leading seven female employees to file what became a …

Column: U.S. Isn’t a Good Neighbor to Canada

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a world full of bad news, North America has been having quite a good run lately. Energy production is off the charts in the United States and Canada, and much-needed political and economic reforms are steadily advancing in Mexico, while fewer Mexicans are moving to the United States. Given the Obama administration’s lack of progress in other parts of the world, one …

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 in New York. “Scott Walker is terrific,” Koch told a reporter for the New York …

Column: Women Face Inequality in Heart Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My eyes were opened to gender inequality when I was 26. I’d decided I wanted to make a movie based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story of Yentl, a young woman who has to pretend she’s a man to get an education. It was hard to convince anyone that …

Column: Lawmakers Should Stay Out of Medical Consulting

Monday, April 13, 2015

So-called conversion therapies to make gay people straight are based on poor science or none, and President Obama was right to condemn them. But the president was wrong to encourage the passage of more laws like the one in California that bans the use of such therapy on …

Column: Feeling Sad? Embrace Your Emotional Pain

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Can you believe how cold it was this winter? It was so bad that I had to increase my antidepressants.” “I think I’m going to have to do that too.” I recently overheard this conversation while dining at a restaurant and sat there in partial disbelief — but …

Column: A Risky Deal With Iran

Monday, April 13, 2015

The framework concluded last week on Iran’s nuclear program was doomed to disagreement. Even the “fact sheets” issued by the United States, France and Iran — all parties to the talks — didn’t agree on the facts. Israel …

Column: The Genius of Robert Schuller

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If you want to understand the success and the popularity of evangelicalism in America, you could do a lot worse than consider the life and career of Robert H. Schuller. According to a recent survey by the Public …

Steve Nelson: Religious Freedom Claims Take the Cake

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The excitement over religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas was near ecstatic. Such fervor over cakes, flowers and pizza! A fine phrase, albeit a bit trite, characterizes the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: a solution desperately seeking a problem. The solution sought by Indiana and …

Study the Need for an Attorney Prosecutor

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Lebanon City Council and manager should delay implementation of the request to add a prosecutor as a city employee reporting to the chief of police. Instead, I believe that it would be appropriate to appoint a committee to study the question of employing a full-time city attorney …

Column: Things Ken Burns Gets Wrong About Cancer

Friday, April 10, 2015

It’s almost mandatory that any documentary or news segment describing a new treatment for cancer must pulse with the twin themes of tragedy and hope. The camera follows patients through hospital corridors and rooms as their narratives unfold …

Column: GOP Take Notice: Voters Think About the Future, not the Past

Friday, April 10, 2015

Over the last 65 years, three Democrats — John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — captured the presidency by running as candidates of generational change against the political status quo. But in 2016, those dynamics could be reversed. Democrats are poised to nominate a 67-year-old veteran …

Editorial: Cameras Can Change Police Behavior

Friday, April 10, 2015

The video showing North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter L. Scott dead is sickening. There is a full-color record of Slager firing eight shots at the back of a fleeing Scott, then deserting the felled body, possibly to tamper with the crime scene. By …