Columns

Column: Let’s Call the Assault on Ukraine What It Is

Monday, November 24, 2014

It’s time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia’s assault on Ukraine. I mean “invasion.” The world is witnessing a Russian invasion of a neighboring country, something that hasn’t happened since the fall of the Soviet Union (except for Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia). As U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander, stated bluntly last week: “Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense …

Column: They Got What They Wanted: Market Competition

Monday, November 24, 2014

As the Affordable Care Act moved into its second open enrollment period on Nov. 15, critics seized on the fact that some beneficiaries are in for unpleasant surprises. Some of those who enrolled last time will face higher premiums if they stay with their current plans. They will have to shop around on …

Column: Thanks for a Holiday That Honors the Older Generation

Monday, November 24, 2014

Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go,” goes the 1844 Thanksgiving poem. These days, it’s more often sung as “Grandmother’s house,” and we’re more likely to travel by jet than by sleigh. Still, it’s a familiar journey. Thanksgiving remains very much associated with grandparents. More than any other holiday on our national calendar, it’s about honoring the family …

Column: Today’s Veterans Continue to Serve on the Home Front

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The platoon mustered at zero-eight-hundred on a balmy Saturday, its members in shorts and standard-issue shirts, ready to be put to work. As they assembled next to the front gate, awaiting orders, a few rocked on the balls …

Column: Visit to Maine Stirs Memories of an Environmental Victory

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The first eagle appeared in late afternoon. We had just arrived and dropped our bags on the kitchen floor and passed through the house to the strip of lawn leading to the rocky beach and to the shimmering …

Steve Nelson: The Party of Tricks, the Party of Treats

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween and Election Day are always within the same week in America. What a great cosmic joke! They have so much in common: folks pretending to be something they aren’t; traditions overtaken by money and greed; really scary things everywhere you look. My 3-year-old granddaughter Maddie must be …

Column: Carpe Diem, and the Agenda, Republicans

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Washington Memo to the GOP. You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember: You didn’t win it. The Democrats lost it. This is not to say that you didn’t show discipline in making the election a referendum …

Column: Britain Mulls Migration, and the EU Too

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Two friendly European Union leaders told British Prime Minister David Cameron this week they’ll oppose him if he tries to chip away at the free movement of people within the EU, even if that means Britain leaving the …

Column: Democrats Need to Do Serious Soul-Searching

Friday, November 7, 2014

Washington For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse. Four years ago, the economy was still ailing and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the Tea Party was …

Column: The Voters Spoke, but What Did They Say?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Washington After the world’s most expensive election — $4 billion in spending — Americans have made it clear they haven’t a clue what to do about the nation’s problems. This is how we, the electorate, are being described: sour, dyspeptic, demoralized, disgusted, rebellious, frustrated, resentful, angry. Americans overwhelmingly …

Column: Dual Citizenship, Once Rare, Now Common for New Americans

Friday, November 7, 2014

Naturalization ceremonies are the stock in trade of American news organizations: the speeches, the number of countries represented among the applicants and the pictures of newly minted Americans waving miniature American flags. One fact you won’t find in these stories: Most of those brand-new Americans will also be …

Editorial: When Life Is Ended

Friday, November 7, 2014

That Brittany Maynard’s situation was a tragedy, no one disputes. In January, at age 29, the California native was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She underwent surgery, but the cancer returned, with inescapably lethal implications. Her doctors gave her six months to live. Maynard died Saturday — …

Column: The American Energy Story Is Amost Entirely Good News

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local station. That’s the lowest price since just after the recession ended. Since nothing makes American consumers happier than lower gasoline prices, they should be cheering now. The American energy story is entirely …