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Friday 11/15/2019
THEIR VIEW: Texas voters make the right call on taxes
icon Posted: 15 November 2019 [01:49 PM]

Editorial Texas has become one of America’s fastest-growing states, thanks in part to its lack of a state income tax. So it was encouraging last week when Lone Star State voters made it even more difficult to impose such a…

Thursday 11/14/2019
Why does the U.S. still believe the myth of the 'good coup'?
icon Posted: 14 November 2019 [05:30 PM]

Special to The Washington Post U.S. officials have developed a bad habit of endorsing military meddling in global politics - ironically, in the name of democracy. Some heralded the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales this week after nearly 14…

New report paints dire picture of low-wage jobs
icon Posted: 14 November 2019 [05:29 PM]

Cagle Cartoons The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program just released a study that casts serious doubt on President Trump’s insistence that the economy is improving, and that the employment market is strong. Brookings’ findings confirm that working doesn’t necessarily translate…

Wednesday 11/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Congress, free the 'dreamers'
icon Posted: 13 November 2019 [01:59 PM]

Editorial In the expansive realm of congressional dysfunction, there are few recent examples that surpass the failure to shield from deportation hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migrants, now in their 20s and 30s, who have grown up, studied and entered…

THEIR VIEW: Good riddance to Beto
icon Posted: 13 November 2019 [01:59 PM]

Editorial Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas who thought extremist demagoguery was the path to the presidency, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for that office. Politicians do not drop out of races until…

Tuesday 11/12/2019
Nikki Haley's damning defense of Trump
icon Posted: 12 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, has made news twice during her book tour. She has said that Trump should not be impeached “for asking for a favor that didn’t happen” and for…

With arrest of journalist, Nigeria's Buhari is up to his old tricks
icon Posted: 12 November 2019 [07:23 PM]

The Washington Post Political strongmen would have you believe they’re tough as nails, but they always turn out to have very thin skin. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari likes to call himself a “converted democrat.” At least that’s what he said…

THEIR VIEW: Confronting our biases on race
icon Posted: 12 November 2019 [07:21 PM]

educing personal or institutional racial bias without first admitting it exists. That message was delivered by Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson during “A Conversation on Race,” held Thursday evening at Connecticut College. The first black man to…

THEIR VIEW: Televised impeachment hearings a bind for GOP
icon Posted: 12 November 2019 [07:20 PM]

Once impeachment hearings are on TV, will Republicans who’ve been complaining mightily about secrecy begin to argue that the whole thing is just too show-business? Don’t bet against it, because with this crowd, anything seems possible, with almost nothing beneath…

Monday 11/11/2019
THEIR VIEW: No place to hide
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:25 PM]

It is doubtful that ISIS - the Islamic State terrorist organization - was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a…

THEIR VIEW: The cartelization of Mexico
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:22 PM]

The slaughter last Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and…

Virginia's political transformation is complete
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:21 PM]

The Washington Post Tuesday night saw the completion of Virginia’s transformation from red to blue, as Democrats took control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation. The shift began a decade ago at…

Senate must not legitimize sham impeachment
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:19 PM]

Special To The Washington Post There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House of Representatives eventually sends the Senate’s way. One is short: a quick dismissal by the…

Sunday 11/10/2019
Trump, Republicans are weak, even on friendly turf
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Going into Tuesday night, if you were a swing-state progressive, it was pretty easy to be discouraged about the state of the presidential race. But the extraordinary happened: Democrats romped in the Philadelphia suburbs and upended the political…

OK, boomer. The kids are fighting back with two words
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:39 PM]

The Washington Post Two words have launched a thousand tweets and opened a new front in the generational wars. Feeling completely clueless? OK, boomer. The New York Times and NBC News last week picked up a trend from high-school halls…

Friday 11/08/2019
THEIR VIEW: Europe tried, rejected the wealth tax
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:16 PM]

Editorial Bernie Sanders often points to Europe as his economic model, but there’s one lesson from the continent that he and Elizabeth Warren want to ignore. Europe has tried and mostly rejected the wealth taxes that the two presidential candidates…

THEIR VIEW: Right to privacy
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:13 PM]

Editorial A little over a year ago, the Canadian non-profit Citizen Lab released a damning report into the activities of NSO, an Israeli software development company. NSO makes a programme called Pegasus, which it sells to governments. This programme is…

Thursday 11/07/2019
Ending DACA would be bad for the health of America
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:23 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legal battle over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 policy that has temporarily protected from deportation many undocumented individuals who were brought to…

The Republicans have a suburbs problem
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:22 PM]

The Washington Post “Suburbs” covers a wide array of locales. It can conjure up images of leafy neighborhoods, deep front yards and two-car homes. These suburbanites think of themselves as “upper middle class” but occupy the top 5% of earners.…

Wednesday 11/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: Political hardball in DC
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:08 PM]

Editorial The impeachment fat was already in the fire. Last week’s partisan vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives to proceed with a formal impeachment process produced a roaring blaze. It won’t be long before the impending conflagration starts…

THEIR VIEW: DeVos gives for-profit colleges a free pass
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:07 PM]

Editorial In recent years, few companies have earned more deserved scorn than for-profit colleges. Unscrupulous educational chains have collapsed from mismanagement, saddled students with mountains of debt and paid out vast sums in consumer-fraud settlements - including $25 million by…

Tuesday 11/05/2019
President Trump's mole hunt is really getting out of hand
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [10:08 PM]

The Washington Post What should we make of Anonymous? No doubt you recall the mysterious Trump administration insider who contributed an unsigned opinion article to The New York Times last year. The gist of it was: Don’t worry, America! Your…

THEIR VIEW: Now we're watching
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:46 PM]

Thursday’s vote was a defining moment for every member of the divided U.S. House of Representatives. The approved legislation formally authorizes and articulates guidelines for the next phase of the House’s impeachment inquiry against President Trump. History was watching, especially…

THEIR VIEW: Inmate health bill warrants easy passage
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:44 PM]

Congress, whose approval rating hasn’t topped 30% in more than a decade, has been offered a chance to prove it can accomplish something despite the chaos that is the Trump presidency. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster has teamed up with…

This Nov. 11, help stem the tide of veteran suicides
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own lives in 2017 – and more than 6,000…

Monday 11/04/2019
For Trump, there's hints of trouble in ethanol country
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [06:00 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten rumbled his RV to a stop in the gravel a mile east of Pomeroy, Iowa, (pop. 612) on Tuesday. A man got out of a car blocking the road ahead…

Don't let China steal the march on cryptocurrency
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [05:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Chinese President Xi Jinping wants his country’s economy to become the world’s largest within our lifetimes. He may succeed, thanks ito the desire of western business to sell goods and services to the nearly 2 billion people who…

Sunday 11/03/2019
A pink ribbon becomes a pink blindfold to breast cancer
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:25 PM]

The Washington Post As we wrap up another National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s tempting to look around and feel proud. Athletes are wearing pink jerseys, and everything from rosé to tacos is for sale in service of the cause.…

The word Trump should never use: 'Lynch'
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

Cagle Cartoons When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American south. I also think of…

MAYOR'S COLUMN: A math lesson about taxes
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:23 PM]

Over the last month, voters have heard “taxes” being discussed. It’s an election year, taxes increased 2.71%, and no one likes paying them. Buried in all the lingo and terms is an overlooked piece of the tax discussion that…

Friday 11/01/2019
THEIR VIEW: Climate change is here
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial California is in a state of emergency. Since early October, millions of people in the northern and southern parts of the state have had their electricity shut off to prevent downed power lines from setting off deadly fires, like…

THEIR VIEW: Lessons from the ISIS raid
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:56 PM]

Editorial There is much to say about the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and even more to learn. Begin with congratulations to the unknown military and intelligence personnel who pulled it off. The skill and bravery…

Thursday 10/31/2019
YOUR VIEW: I wholeheartedly recommend Lemek
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:56 PM]

To The Editor: Over the last several months, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know one of the candidates very well in the 2nd district. She is one of the three Republicans under the age…

YOUR VIEW: Letter had glaring omissions of facts
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:55 PM]

To The Editor, I’m writing this letter in the spirit of transparency to Bristol’s voters. I have served on the Finance Board for a number of years, originally appointed by a Republican mayor. Although I’m a registered Democrat my…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for the GOP slate in Plymouth
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:53 PM]

To The Editor: “Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote” – Walter H. Judd Mayor Dave Merchant is running unopposed- a testament to his leadership during the past 3 terms.…

YOUR VIEW: Arts magnet school is folly
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:53 PM]

To The Editor: Recently I wrote a letter to the editor critical of the mayor and her support of (in my opinion) wrong-headed projects such as the Renaissance project (which luckily fell apart) and the latest folly, the arts magnet…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Ellen, Greg and Scott
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:52 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing today in support of Ellen Zoppo Sassu for Mayor and Greg Hahn and Scott Rosado for Council in the 1st District. Since I have been involved in local government I have seen many different…

YOUR VIEW: School is epitome of government failure
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:50 PM]

To The Editor: Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School. The name itself is the epitome of government failure. Two years ago the BOE unanimously voted to “Authorize the Superintendent to file paperwork requesting state funding for a magnet school.” Oh…

YOUR VIEW: Democrats make Bristol great
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:47 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing my first ever letter to the editor because I am very happy with the tone that our City has taken in the last 2 years. In fact, I also have asked for lawn…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
THEIR VIEW: Mike Pence is wrong
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:44 PM]

Editorial The more undisciplined President Donald Trump becomes in his scattershot defenses of his behavior toward Ukraine, the more robotically Vice President Mike Pence seems to stay on message. Unfortunately, that message is an indefensible falsehood. During a television interview…

THEIR VIEW: Argentina doesn't need more false promises
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:33 PM]

Editorial Sunday’s win by Alberto Fernandez, the presidential candidate of Argentina’s Peronists, has sparked talk of a return to the country’s storied left-wing populism. Yet it’s hard to move left - or right, or anywhere - when you’re boxed in…

Tuesday 10/29/2019
Al-Baghdadi's death will bring Iraq no deliverance
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:04 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion By rights, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should have been met with celebrations in the land of his birth. After all, Iraq has endured more suffering than any other nation - and bears more scars -…

THEIR VIEW: The world is losing the fight against disease
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:59 PM]

The threat of a disease disaster has arisen in the past two decades in an unfortunate cycle of panic followed by neglect. The panics have been real: the anthrax letters; severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East Respiratory syndrome, both…

Monday 10/28/2019
Do you have a favorite Halloween ghost story? Share it
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:52 PM]

Cagle Cartoons I’m not proud of it, but I haven’t visited the now-disheveled cemetery on the hillside behind my late father’s childhood home in more than 40 years. Willie Nelson was right when he mused, “Ain’t it funny how time…

Big companies can take big steps to save species
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:50 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before our eyes, nature is vanishing faster than we might have imagined. The bird population in the U.S. has fallen by more than 30% in the past 40 years, as have insect populations in Germany. In the U.K.,…

Sunday 10/27/2019
Zuckerberg flounders before Congress
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:12 PM]

The Washington Post To hear Mark Zuckerberg tell it, Facebook’s interest in setting up the digital currency Libra comes from a place of selflessness, of concern for the world’s poor and underserved. “There are more than a billion people around…

The last hurray for Greece
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:10 PM]

Very early in the morning of October 28th 1940 the Greek Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, was awakened by a persistent knock at his door by the Italian Ambassador in Athens. The Fascist representative of the dictator Mussolini handed him the…

Friday 10/25/2019
THEIR VIEW: Parents need to be good role models
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:34 PM]

To The Editor: One of the main on-going concerns for many parents is problems associated with alcohol being abused by their children or other children. Parents can be proactive by getting involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts. Parents can teach…

THEIR VIEW: Canada is on the right path
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:32 PM]

Editorial It may not be the smashing victory they won in 2015, but Justin Trudeau and the Liberals should feel very good that they will have a chance to form another government. After four difficult years they managed to persuade…