Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: Drug war's racial targets

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    Excerpted from a New York Times editorial:

    The drug war aims overwhelmingly at African-Americans on the street, while white users smoke safely behind closed doors.
  2. Column: Good news for Medicare

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    Nobody can agree on what caused the good news in the latest Medicare Trustees report, that Medicare Part A spending fell from $266.8 billion to $266.2 from 2012 to 2013. The trustees certainly can't.

  3. Column: No war is an island

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    It's amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It's based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It's based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if …

    Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in Rafah, southern Gaza, earlier this month. The war in Gaza is not self-contained but part of a wider conflict in the region.
  4. Column: Withdrawal pains

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    A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It's all President Barack Obama's fault. No, it's not his fault at all.

  5. Column: Lust for vengeance (w/video)

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    Rather than getting on with the country's business and focusing solely on can't-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend — like the unfinished bill to fix veterans' health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Central American children arriving at the border — House …

    If Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans in the House push to sue President Obama, it will add to a  long list of what Democrats view as extraordinary slights against this president and is likely to excite a liberal base in dire need of excitement.
  6. Column: Angell in the outfield

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    NEW YORK

    Roger Angell takes off his brown J. Press sports coat and blue cap, yanks out his hearing aids, stashes his cane, and sits down for a shave and haircut at Delta barbershop at 72nd and Lex., the same spot he's patronized for 40 years. "I don't see Henry Kissinger doing any interviews in a barbershop," he …

    Writer Roger Angell is honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  7. Nickens: Vetting the candidates

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    Either we are getting soft or the candidates are getting tougher.

  8. Column: Cut red tape on firefighting equipment

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    Each year, more than 3,000 wildfires burn about 130,000 acres across Florida, threatening the lives of Floridians as well as their homes and businesses. The men and women of the Florida Forest Service, in partnership with local firefighters, bravely risk their lives to battle these blazes and protect others.

  9. Column: It's not about you

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    In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

    And the Internet exploded.

    Alabama teenager Breanna Mitchell posted a selfie from the grounds of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
  10. Ruth: Aunt Mary meets Greek gods

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    When you are taking a dead woman into a foreign country, you might expect a certain amount of scrutiny at the border. But then again, this was Greece, where a tourist is a tourist regardless of the pulse rate. And so we breezed through customs at the Thessaloniki airport with less curiosity over the contents of our …

    Courtesy Olympus National Park
  11. Column: Doomsayers get it wrong on California economy

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    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it's still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing …

  12. Column: Obamacare and the high court — again?

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    Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.

  13. Perspective: Border crisis creates discomfort for politicians

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    TUCSON, Ariz.

    A governor was moved to tears. A mayor fretted about disease and crime. A city councilman accused the federal government of keeping secrets.

    Barbara Gonzalez, a public information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, displays a dormitory where immigrant families will be housed in Artesia, N.M. “Our community cannot support 2,000 to 3,000 new residents overnight,” said Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch.
  14. Perspective: A faith-based court division

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    During its last term, the Supreme Court narrowly decided two cases bearing extensively on the separation of church and state. Both of them broke along familiar 5-4 lines, and both of them implicitly raised a question hardly anyone has asked about a court that is entirely composed, for the first time in U.S. history, of …

    Samuel A. Alito Jr.
  15. Weingarten: A future take on company men

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    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2027 — In his inaugural address, President Kraft Foods promised Tuesday that America would continue fostering the business-friendly atmosphere begun under his predecessor, President Jiffy Lube. The incoming and outgoing Republican heads of state were accompanied, as always, by their …

    Can Bed Bath & Beyond be president?
  16. Column: Manage recreational fishing to protect stocks

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    As the owner of a boat dealership, I'm an avid angler. So much so, I even dabble in commercial fishing as another way to expand my opportunities to fish, though I bring these fish to market for others to enjoy. Some say I'm a strange duck, but I don't think so. I respect our fishery resources, particularly the necessary …

    To address the chronic problem of overfishing within the recreational sector, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering separating the two components — private boating anglers and the for-hire fishing boats.
  17. Column: Missed opportunities of 2014

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    When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.

    A miner in a field in Grabovka, Ukraine, inspects debris last week from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
  18. Column: A turning point for Ukraine?

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    It's neither pleasant nor polite to say it, but the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been the best thing to happen to President Barack Obama's policy on Ukraine in weeks.

    Hearses form a procession in Boxtel, Netherlands, with the remains of victims from the airline disaster. Among the dead were 193 Dutch.
  19. Guest column: Marine discovery center should be part of pier

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    By Will Michaels, Special to the Times

    Will Michaels, the new executive director of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, in St. Petersburg, Thursday afternoon (9/11/03). The  museum is undergoing construction to add a second floor which will add about 30 percent more square feet.
  20. Perspective: How the elevator transformed America

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    When Daniel Levinson Wilk steps onto the elevator at work, he doesn't just stand there and zone out. Instead he focuses on what's happening to him: the strange push against his feet, the sense of moving through a dark and hollow artery in the middle of his building. Over the next 90 seconds, Wilk absorbs — or …