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Letters

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Not the old Hillary

Subscriber onlyAnyone believing the columnist to be engaging in sexism in comparing Hillary Clinton to a Buick should feel free to assail him via a missive to the email address published at the end. He is standing by. It seems to him that he's also calling Bill Clinton a Buick, or worse. But he's ventured into Hillary metaphors before, and there are scars. He's never been quite certain what hit him. Continue reading...

Over county waters

Troubled bridges

Subscriber onlyWhen things don't appear or seem the way they should, the best advice for an answer is usually to follow the money. Continue reading...

A nation of emotional lightweights

Subscriber only"Can you believe how cold it was this winter? It was so bad that I had to increase my antidepressants." Continue reading...

Is PBS neglecting its mission?

Subscriber onlyPBS has drawn big audiences to Downton Abbey, the epic costume drama about elites in early-20th-Century Britain. On April 5 it began broadcasting a new British miniseries, Wolf Hall, about the Tudors. Dramas like these are helping to revive the Masterpiece franchise and PBS' brand. Continue reading...

Best-Sellers

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Why we fear free-range parenting

Subscriber onlyDanielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland want to raise their children as "free-range kids," giving them the kind of range of movement that those of us over 30 recall as a normal part of childhood. Continue reading...

Dying well is among our top concerns

Subscriber onlyGertrude Weaver died in Camden, Ark., on April 6 at the age of 116. She was officially the oldest person in the world when she passed away. Continue reading...

Why airline pilots remain essential

Subscriber onlyIn the weeks since the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, there has been no lack of commentary about the failures and future of piloted aviation, much of it frustratingly ill informed. Continue reading...

Saving antibiotics

So antibiotics can save us

Subscriber onlyIf bacteria had a motto, it would be "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." In an environment of low-dose antibiotics, the few organisms that may be resistant to the drugs will suddenly flourish when their competitors die off and pass on the resistance to their descendants. Just one of these potential superbugs, reproducing every 30 minutes, can become 1 billion--in a day. Continue reading...

The Monkey Dance: why men fight

Subscriber only"If we were truly brave we should not accept a challenge, but we are all cowards." Continue reading...

An unhateful act

Not all opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in bigotry

Subscriber onlyRemember the New Mexico photographer who got sued after declining to photograph a lesbian couple's wedding, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage? Her name is Elaine Huguenin. In Slate, Mark Joseph Stern has branded her a "homophobe" and an "anti-gay bigot" whose actions sprung from hatred. (In fact, this is his blanket characterization of entrepreneurs in three cases, "a florist, a photographer, and a baker, who claimed their Christianity required that they deny service to gay couples." I focus on the photographer here because I have the most information on her case.) Continue reading...

The flood of 2016

Subscriber onlyAs a storm center moved through these Southern latitudes the other evening, it provided quite a light show. The firmament above overflowed, the rain gushed, zig-zags streaked the sky. And a bright metaphor struck, too--a description of an American presidential campaign coined by a French visitor to these shores back when the contending parties weren't called Republicans and Democrats but Whigs and Jacksonians. Continue reading...

Investigate thyself

Probe into Washington County bridge mess gets rough ride

Subscriber onlyThe attorney general won't investigate. Neither will the prosecuting attorney. So, Washington County will try to investigate itself. Continue reading...

The ugly American -- Thoughts on the Oklahoma City bombing's 20th

Thoughts on the Oklahoma City bombing’s 20th

Subscriber onlyGhastly events become unwanted mileposts in our lives. Continue reading...

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