Proposed abortion laws endanger women

Safe, legal and rare. That was how President Bill Clinton described his vision for abortions. I don’t know just how rare they are — there were about 977,000 abortions in 2014, down from approximately 1.36 million in 1996, or one for every...
Published: 02/09/16

Turning the page on America’s chronic disease crisis

After rising steadily for decades, U.S. life expectancy has flat-lined for three consecutive years, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also finds that chronic conditions like heart disease, ca...
Published: 02/09/16

Why the president is right about solitary confinement

President Obama’s announcement concerning sweeping revisions to the way the Federal Bureau of Prisons uses solitary confinement couldn’t have come at a better time. Most news outlets focused on the new restriction on housing juveniles in ...
Published: 01/29/16

Don’t Stop

By now, a majority of Americans should have noticed that efforts to “reform” the electoral process and “take money” out of politics have either accomplished nothing or made things worse. That notion, alas, apparently hasn̵...
Published: 01/27/16

So much for peak Trump

When Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, quite a few people, including me, thought “never in a million years will he be the Republican nominee, let alone president.”
Published: 01/27/16

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 27

Epic fail
Published: 01/27/16

‘Political correctness’ is GOP’s strawman

Welcome to the Political Correctness primary. Republican candidates can’t seem to find enough ways to pillory it.
Updated one month ago

Republicans may throw away the presidency

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, or so the saying goes. If it applies to elephants as well, Republicans apparently never heard it or do not understand it. They have been given a gift. On the Democrat side is an old socialist on the one hand, and...
Updated one month ago

Time to show state workers some respect

Florida is a large and diverse state. In the time and distance it takes to drive from Pensacola to Key West, you could drive from Madison, Wisconsin, to Washington, D.C. During those more than 12 hours of nonstop driving, more than 400 more people wo...
Updated one month ago

Big zero bust

As the years dragged on and the Federal Reserve and the central bank’s rate-setting Open Market Committee persisted in its “quantitative easing” strategy as a means of stimulating economic growth, Fed officials and the backers of th...
Updated one month ago