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  • Opinion

    Sadly, patriotism becomes a political football

    Can we get any more divided? Now we have Trump-vs.-NFL players sucking up more psychic oxygen across the land than Trump-vs.-Kim Jong Un, which might be just a tad more important. But our president relishes inserting himself boldly into all kinds of controversies, even when there’s no good reason for the leader of the United States to get involved. This is another of those. Some NFL players, following the lead of unemployed player Colin Kaepernick, have taken to...

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  • Editorials

    Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding

    Puerto Rico is in crisis. Hurricane Maria wiped out the U.S. territory’s agriculture, its infrastructure and its power. Medical care and even food is running out in some areas. Although FEMA’s response to date has been laudable, much more is needed — not just in goods and services, but in key legal reforms. President Trump and Congress must work quickly to prevent humanitarian disaster, passing legislation and directing military and security agencies to...

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  • Letters

    Parole exists for model prisoners like Van Houten: Letters

    Parole exists for model prisoners like Van Houten Re “Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled?” (Question of the Week, Sept. 19): It’s time to parole Leslie Van Houten. Yes, she participated in a horrendous crime. She was young at the time, and under the influence of an evil person. She has paid dearly for her...

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  • Columns

    Trump ignites consciousness of black professional athletes: Guest commentary

    In a speech in Arizona, President Donald Trump’s made incendiary statements about NFL players who protest by taking a knee during the national anthem. A day later, Trump responded to NBA superstar Stephen Curry’s statement about not wanting to visit the White House by dis-inviting his championship team, the Golden State Warriors, from visiting the White House. Trump’s verbal barrage against black professional athletes who are peacefully exercising their...

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  • Editorials

    Are you confident in Trump’s handling of North Korea? Question of the Week

    Amid a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, President Donald Trump has responded with threats of his own, and personal insults, against the country’s leader. The unusual war of words is the subject of our Question of the Week for readers. Are you confident in President Trump’s handling of the North Korea crisis? Do you think the situation is actually a crisis? Is there a real danger of nuclear war? Are U.S. officials giving us an accurate picture of the...

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  • Columns

    With tuition-free community college, state can promise a better tomorrow today: Guest commentary

    Two years ago, I traveled to Macomb Community College in Michigan, where then-President Barack Obama launched the College Promise National Advisory Board to advocate for free community college. As a proud member of that panel, I advise the College Promise Campaign on how to build broad support for programs that deliver free community college to hardworking students. This mission is near and dear to my heart, because I know first-hand the life-changing impact of community college. As a...

    By Scott Svonkin|

  • Columns

    The changing face of anti-Semitism: Joel Kotkin

    When Donald Trump was elected president, much of American Jewish leadership reacted with something close to hysteria. To some, Trump’s presidency reflected the traditional face of the anti-Semitic right — xenophobic, nationalist and culturally conservative. Trump’s handling of certain events, notably the Charlottesville white nationalist rally, have revived earlier charges that the president winks at right-wing racist supporters, even considering them part of his...

    By Joel Kotkin|

  • Columns

    President Trump, Puerto Rico needs a hero: Carl M. Cannon

    The entire state of Connecticut will lack a power grid, and perhaps potable water, for weeks or months. Following a historic natural disaster, the only power in hospitals and hotels — and private homes — comes from generators, which burn expensive propane or gasoline. As economic activity plummets, employers lay off workers, the tax base will shrink, and the state’s utility company faces insolvency. Without air conditioning, old people will suffer, schoolchildren...

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  • Columns

    Fingerprinting ride-share drivers would cause hardship: Guest commentary

    Like many Californians who are working but still struggling to make ends meet, Soraya Barnes used to worry about how she would stretch her budget to make it until the next paycheck. As a single mom, she knew how to make every dollar count, but when unexpected expenses popped up, she was forced to scramble to find ways to pay her bills and keep groceries on the table. She needed a flexible way to earn extra income when necessary that would work with her children’s schedules. Just...

    By William Smart|

  • Letters

    Pay inequality does long-term damage: Letters

    Pay inequality does long-term damage Re “Bill barring questions on previous pay gains steam” (Sept. 10): The most important reason we should enforce equal pay laws has to do with Social Security benefits. Social Security payments are based on the earnings of the employee. So if women are paid less than men, they get less Social...

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