Not just words

One of the things that puzzles us is the confusion we sometimes see over the word “entitlement.” This fuzziness should not exist. “Entitlement” is not a term of art, such as lawyers sometimes use...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Give him a chance

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a D.C.-based nonprofit which calls itself the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness, recently released an...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Pence testifies

There is a branch of fiction and history, counter-factual history, in which we rerun historical events while changing key variables, such as who won World War II. That was the general outline of...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Freer stuff

In 1946, the future Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman was in his first year on the faculty of the University of Chicago and had just co-authored a pamphlet attacking rent controls, “Roofs or...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials


We were hiking once just outside Anchorage, Alaska, skirting the Chugach Mountains as we circled a valley in the early afternoon. From the woods on our far side, we heard one, and then two and...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clinton’s trial

Only one elected president has been impeached, and tried in the Senate: Bill Clinton. With the Senate on the verge of trying President Donald Trump, it is worth looking anew at the Clinton case to...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Die, coyote, die

We were driving one evening on the lip of a mesa in northern New Mexico, above Medanales and the Chama River, when we were struck by the silhouette of a fine coyote. He was standing with his back...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Beginning’s end

We are entering the end of the beginning of presidential primary season, which is something like a qualifying tournament for places in another qualifying tournament for a spot in the championships....

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

About this report

Watching the new Amazon movie “The Report,” which is streaming online, is an unusually painless way to discharge some of your civic duty. It is a dry and able dramatization of the life of a Senate...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Can’t touch that

Only Congress can make laws, and it has the even greater power of the purse, to pay for them. Everything else is basically reserved to the executive. Logically, if a president cannot spend money,...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Editorials

It’s up to us

R ecently, on the heels of the release of a new U.N. report on emissions and climate change, host Rachel Martin had a climate policy expert, Elliot Diringer, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Diringer...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Conquest questions

One of the things that has us scratching our heads lately is that so little attention has been paid to the quincentennial of the conquest of Mexico. Five hundred years is an auspiciously long and...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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