Saturday November 28, 2015
May 7th, 2015
Coal’s death throes are drawing closer, especially in Appalachia.
Nearly three-quarters of the coal extracted from West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky these days is being mined at a loss. The number of coal companies declaring bankruptcy or edging toward it is mounting.
Our subject here is two self-evident and highly political truths: (1) School vouchers, by whatever name they’re called, are deceitful at their core. (2) Whatever proponents may call them, school vouchers aren’t really about education at all.
We’ll talk about the ramifications of this deceit regarding vital K-12 public institutions, but first:
I strongly support President Barack Obama's efforts to conclude big, new trade-opening agreements with our Pacific allies, including Japan and Singapore, and with the whole European Union. But I don't support them just for economic reasons.
At some point in my childhood, just before my teens, I was struck by the fact that almost all of the songs that I was hearing on the radio, half-consciously humming along to or committing to memory were about love.
Different shades of love, yes, and different stages of it: the heat and hunger of its infancy, the expansive warmth of its maturity, the bleeding pain when all that's left of it is shards. But love nonetheless.
A white-haired man in coral slacks and a navy blue, brass-buttoned blazer stepped back and admired this year's blooms.
The pink and white tulips - a Darwin hybrid known as Ollioules - were spectacular, and all around him, families lounged on blankets, nibbling on picnic food as children frolicked on the lush lawn.
This Renoir scene? Baltimore.
No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see -- except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.
Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health -- with fondness. This was about 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton was president, and Republicans under Gingrich had just taken over Congress.
Have you heard the term Gafa yet? It hasn't caught on here in the United States - and I'm guessing it won't - but in France, it has become so common that the newspapers hardly need to spell out its meaning. Everyone there already knows what Gafa stands for: Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon.
The anger in Ferguson, Missouri -- even the violence -- was more understandable and, in that sense, less upsetting, than what we have been witnessing in Baltimore this week, in the aftermath of yet another black man dying in police custody.
Some people protest police brutality in ways that only remind us of why we need police.
That's how I feel about the Baltimore rioters who some news reports described as "protestors."