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Letters

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No nukes for Iran

Subscriber onlyBarack Obama appears intent upon concluding an agreement with Iran that, according to critics from both parties, could allow it to become a nuclear power on the installment plan. About which, several observations: Continue reading...

A benefit to all

When females succeed, we all win

Subscriber onlyDuring my 20+ years in health care, I've bumped up against my fair share of glass ceilings. Of course, I'm not alone. Continue reading...

Bored with school?

Subscriber onlyThe London newspaper The Independent recently published a sensational story about Finnish plans to abandon subject teaching in public schools. No more math, history and geography as separate lessons, it reported. Instead, students will study topics such as the European Union, picking up language and math skills and knowledge about geography and history as they go along. Even though that's not exactly what's happening in Finland, the article took off on social networks. Apparently, adjustments to rigidly compartmentalized learning sound good to a lot of people. Continue reading...

Another mystery

Subscriber onlyAnyone who boards a commercial jetliner knows the safety risks. Passengers buckle up and sometimes fortify themselves with a drink and the assurance that, statistically, flying gets safer and safer because planes are better engineered and pilots are better trained. Continue reading...

The GOP racing form

Subscriber onlyWith Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it's time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. Continue reading...

Language as evasion

The state of the language

Subscriber onlyGeorge Orwell remains an inextinguishable guide to clarity when it comes to thinking about politics or just about anything else. See his classic essay, "Politics and the English Language," in which be notes that the first, indispensable step to clear thought is to call things by their right names. Continue reading...

Editorial: Poorly built Washington County bridges must be explained

Poorly built bridges must be explained

Subscriber onlyAfter a Washington County Road Department employee sued County Judge Marilyn Edwards and other supervisors late last year, Edwards' chief of staff defended the county's work on two bridges the employee alleged to be poorly built. Dan Short said he would have "no compunction" with his family driving across either bridge. Continue reading...

A troubling legacy

Subscriber onlyAn ugly story is playing out at the University of Oklahoma, after members of the school's chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were caught on video performing a chant that suggested they would rather see black men lynched than accept them as SAE members. The chapter has been closed, two members of the fraternity have been expelled, and Jean Delance, who had been recruited to play football for the university, has decided to attend school elsewhere. Continue reading...

An open-and-shut case open again

Subscriber onlyI remember Isadore Rozeman. I can't find a photo of him online, but my memory says he was a small man who looked older than his 56 years, with thin hair and thick horn-rimmed glasses. He had cataracts and was legally blind. He is described as "elderly" in some accounts. (I wonder where they got that. Maybe from one of my old stories? I hope not.) Continue reading...

Nepotism as route to success

Subscriber onlyThere is a very real chance that the presidential election in 2016 will pit Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton. According to odds makers, this is the likeliest outcome. Continue reading...

Free-range parenting

Making the case

Subscriber onlyOn her first morning in America last summer, my daughter went out to explore her new neighborhood alone, without even telling my wife or me. Continue reading...

A bad law for music industry

Subscriber onlyIf the devolution from Marvin Gaye to Robin Thicke doesn't stand for the decline of Western civilization, nothing does. The Los Angeles jury that found Thicke's "Blurred Lines" unintentionally plagiarized Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" apparently agreed. Continue reading...

Online courses help colleges find students

Subscriber onlyLaptop computers and tablets have largely replaced paper-stuffed file folders in college admissions office conference rooms. But the admissions process is still based on the same underlying information used generations ago: high school grade-point averages, SAT and ACT scores, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, and personal essays. Continue reading...

Pain medications killing too many Americans

Subscriber onlyWhen is this country going to wake up--really wake up--to the catastrophe that prescription opioid painkillers have caused since they came into widespread use in the early 1990s? Continue reading...

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