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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: From the Booming Me Generation to the Connected Us Generation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement. …

Islamic State Conflict Is War, Not a Game

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The air war against the Islamic State is not some video game that the U.S. military is being asked to play and quickly win. We must realize that American men and women are risking their lives against an enemy that will not quit just because we tire of …

Willem Lange: Climbing Well-Worn Rocks on the ‘Mountain That Stands Alone’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jaffrey, N.H. On a Thursday morning in October, the first intimation that the hike ahead of us might not be a solitary one was the full parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Mount Monadnock is apparently one of the world’s most-climbed mountains. Weekend traffic here must …

Column: Family Planning Is a Smart Public Investment

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington Publicly funded family planning services help low-income Americans avoid serious health conditions while saving billions of dollars each year, according to a new analysis ­— benefits that go beyond providing contraception that can prevent unintended pregnancies. Past research from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports …

Column: Grandma Clinton Plays the Gender Card

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren’t sure-footed in dealing with it — recall …

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 …