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Susan Estrich: Politics not always cause, solution

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
When you hear Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the president's harshest Republican critics in the House, demanding to know whether the president is safe, it's tempting to believe that, at least for a moment, partisan politics has been put to one side in what should be a united and nonpolitical commitment to the safety of our president and his family.

Linda Chavez: Among threats to U.S., let's not forget North Korea

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
It's easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention.

E.J. Dionne: Like Bobby Kennedy, Eric Holder challenged us on race

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department "can and must always be a force for that which is right."


George Will: Power shift a justification for term limits

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
"The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."-- James Madison, Federalist 48


Some situations call for reality check

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Certain situations in public affairs baffle me at the present time. I simply don’t understand them.

Government should make services more efficient through technology

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
I was encouraged by the recent news that the city of Schenectady will be implementing an online payment system next year, giving residents an alternative and modern way of paying their taxes, permits and fees.

Graduation initiative would help fill middle-skills jobs

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
New York State is in the midst of a middle skills job crisis.

Froma Harrop: Legalize all drugs, not just pot; then tax and regulate

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet.

Joe Conason: GOP governors running on failed economic policies to polls

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party's governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

Charles Krauthammer: Containment-plus strategy in Syria just might work

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State.

Richard Cohen: Americans deserve clear, consistent Middle East policy

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Of all the experts I have read or consulted lately about the situation in the Middle East, the one who made the most sense was quoted recently in The New York Times.

David Harsanyi: Reality TV's welcome, wholesome alternative to cynicism

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The new season of "19 Kids and Counting" is in full swing.

Linda Chavez: Stop referring to child abuse as 'spanking'

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's arrest on child abuse charges has sparked a huge debate about corporal punishment, one that exposes deep cultural rifts.

Sometimes, our government actually works to our benefit

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
It is said that local government is a microcosm of the national system of politics, just smaller and with people you live with.

Region needs more integrated trails for non-motorists

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
"You can’t get there from here” is a phrase that is part of our social lexicon. It’s often said with a chuckle in a mimicking New England accent, imitating what a stranger can expect to hear when asking a local for directions in rural Maine or Vermont.

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