Saturday December 20, 2014
Archive - 2014
Back in the ‘70s as a reporter for the college newspaper, I went to a faculty nutrition expert for a story about hunger in America.
Sounded relevant, right?
Well, “hunger” had barely escaped my lips before the professor turned the pretext of my visit around.
If a chicken somewhere ever became convinced that the sky was falling, we would hear about it on Twitter first.
On Twitter, news spreads like wildfire, unfiltered, from the ground up. In fact, sometimes impatient wildfires get on Twitter to speed the process along.
Next week Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. And polling suggests that support for independence has surged over the past few months, largely because pro-independence campaigners have managed to reduce the "fear factor" - that is, concern about the economic risks of going it alone. At this point the outcome looks like a tossup.
Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons - racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other.
In reluctantly deciding to take the fight against the terrorist Islamic State into Syria, President Obama finds himself caught in a political and military version of "Catch-22."
He is poised to launch heavy air attacks on the Islamic State for the threat they pose to the Western democracies, theoretically from Western turncoats with British and American passports who could return as suicide bombers.
E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug -- but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.
For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage of a nicotine delivery device without risking the health consequences of smoking tobacco.
As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains blurred , two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of trying a third time.
In my column a week ago, "When Whites Just Don't Get It," I took aim at what I called "smug white delusion" about race relations in America, and readers promptly fired back at what they perceived as a smugly deluded columnist.
In August 1968, many of us in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, read reports with disgust and sadness as Soviet troops with tanks and artillery rolled into Czechoslovakia, closing exit routes and brutally destroying the budding season of freedom that reformers in that country called the Prague Spring.