Opinion

Yes, Obama’s presidency will endure in American history
Saturday, January 21, 2017
More than a few times during Obama’s presidency, he seemed to be following the pattern of liberal disappointment. The left would despair that he was too soft, while the right would cast him as either evil or hapless. Just when he seemed to have conquered his critics, the most shocking threat came along: the election of Donald Trump. ...
Keep airports monopoly-free
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Letter to the Editor:
Already, airline mergers have left us with four airlines that control 80 percent of the U.S. market. In the meantime, routes to small- to midsized markets have been cut by 20 percent; domestic fares climbed 5 percent over the past 10 years, and seat space on airplanes has reached near inhumane standards. ...
Officials must be more aggressive to stop the sale of girls for sex
Saturday, January 21, 2017
I’ve been writing about sex trafficking since the 1990s because at its worst it’s an echo of slavery. It’s also a topic rife with hypocrisy. We denounced the Catholic Church and Penn State for tolerating child sexual abuse, but we have collectively tolerated websites such as Backpage that sell children for sex. ...
Why politicians don’t make the best art critics
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The unflattering depiction of police was too much for some members of Congress to take. Three times, Republican lawmakers (Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and, as a team, Dana Rohrabacher of California and Brian Babin of Texas) have taken the painting down and delivered it to the office of Rep. William Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat whose district includes Ferguson. ...
Trump fortified the swamp
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Letter to the Editor:
Trump did not “drain the swamp” as promised. He fortified it and made it deeper than ever. ...
Will this year’s awards see #OscarsSoBlack?
Saturday, January 21, 2017
I don’t mean to hold up the movies as some uniquely enlightened antidote to the ugliness elsewhere. Meryl Streep’s Hollywood-flattering speech at the Globes conveniently overlooked the industry’s habit of pairing male stars with female ones half their age, thwarting female directors, stereotyping minorities, glamorizing reprobates and putting money above morality time and again.
Trump’s tweets mark ‘quaking hour’ of governance
Friday, January 20, 2017
Trump is exempt from the normal disciplines of politics. He is comfortable with his paranoia; therefore, all criticism is the work of “enemies” or fools. He seems to have no icons, no heroes and no respect for the institutions of U.S. governance or the history that underlies them — hence giving the back of his hand to the intelligence agencies over Russian hacking. ...
Obamas leave an image that will never fade
Friday, January 20, 2017
We’ve seen it all before — except that we’ve never seen a black family in these roles. Images of the Obamas performing the duties of the first family are indelible, and I believe they will be one of the administration’s most important and lasting legacies. ...
Presidents conform to images; Trump must decide on his
Friday, January 20, 2017
For no one doubts that Trump intends to be himself as president of the United States. But the question remains whether Trump will conform to public expectations of the presidency or whether his supporters expect that he will alter expectations of the office. ...
Even the perception that Trump is influenced by Putin is harmful
Thursday, January 19, 2017
This isn’t “fake news” of the kind fabricated by Macedonian websites, but it’s both plausible and completely unsubstantiated. Unlike Trump’s claims that Obama was foreign-born, even after the president produced his birth certificate, this hasn’t been disproved or discredited, and it was regarded as credible enough to brief the president and president-elect about. This occupies a murky middle ground: Maybe it’s true and maybe not. ...
For many, ACA has changed, saved lives
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Guest Column:
With the incoming administration, the worry begins again. Is the Affordable Care Act perfect?  Of course not. Now we face the task of honing and refining the system so that it is more equitable for everyone. We must work to ensure that insurance companies are maintaining affordable premiums for all people, and continuing to cover patients with pre-existing conditions. The system has its flaws, but repealing the law and pulling the rug out from under tens of thousands of people in Nevada and millions of people around the country would be irresponsible. ...
Trademark office’s assault on free speech is what’s slanted
Thursday, January 19, 2017
When the government registers a trademark, it is not endorsing or subsidizing a product. It should not be allowed to use its power to deny registration in order to discourage or punish the adoption of controversial expressions. By registering trademarks, government confers a benefit — a legal right — on those who hold them. Trademarks are speech. The disparagement clause empowers the PTO to deny a benefit because of the viewpoint of the speech. This is unconstitutional. ...
Discrimination not always racist
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
In the absence of such an intention, we can conclude only that the negative impact the Electoral College has had on nonwhite voters over time apparently has been unintended discrimination. Such a discriminatory effect is neither fair nor just, so it may be time for the Electoral College to be amended or abolished, as the letter writer suggests. ...
News conference bodes poorly
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Letter to the Editor:
He didn’t bother to discuss the Russian hacking that helped him win the election (or the 400-pound man in his pajamas doing the hacking). Rather, he simply compared our intelligence community to Nazi Germany. ...
Trump trusts the wrong source
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Letter to the Editor:
I foresee difficulties if the outgoing president is replaced by a new president who thinks the National Enquirer is a legitimate news source. ...