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A summer break from campus muzzling

| | May 31 2015 - 12:06am | Comments

WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.

  • | Posted: May 13 2015 - 12:05am

    America’s convoluted tax code has needed comprehensive reform for years. The case for change would be open and shut even if families on low and middle incomes hadn’t come under increasing strain of late — but they have. The middle-class squeeze underscores the need for a far-reaching overhaul.

  • | Posted: May 13 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.

  • Posted: May 13 2015 - 12:05am

    Speak up about the TPP

  • Posted: May 12 2015 - 12:05am

    Two counties? We were outnumbered

  • | Posted: May 12 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — The sign of a first-rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is “the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to Islam and blasphemy, many Americans are having trouble accepting even consistent ones.

  • | Posted: May 10 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The man introducing Stevenson said the candidate had been invited only “as a courtesy” because Peale “has instructed us to vote for your opponent.” In response, Stevenson repeated a quip he had made when, in 1952, Peale said Stevenson was unfit to be president because he was divorced. Stevenson said: “I find the Apostle Paul appealing and the Apostle Peale appalling.”

  • Posted: May 10 2015 - 12:05am

    In his defense, Kenoi has brought us together

  • | Posted: May 10 2015 - 12:05am

    A Defense Department report this month found that fewer men and women in uniform said they were subjected to unwanted sexual attention last year and that there has been an increase in victims reporting sex-related crimes. The improvements are, at best, incremental and overshadowed by the unsettling statistic that 62 percent of women who filed sexual assault complaints last year said they faced retaliation for doing so. Reforms that have been put in place, while commendable, are clearly not sufficient to combat a problem so deep-rooted it has plagued the military for decades.

  • Posted: May 9 2015 - 12:05am

    More worries now when on the road?

  • | Posted: May 9 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception.

  • Posted: May 8 2015 - 12:05am

    Telescope height should not be the issue

  • | Posted: May 8 2015 - 12:05am

    John Koskinen has some ‘splaining to do. Last June, Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, told Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Orrin Hatch that a computer malfunction somehow zapped thousands of emails to and from Lois Lerner, the scandalized IRS official whose office targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status.

  • | Posted: May 8 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days.

  • Posted: May 7 2015 - 12:05am

    Vacant land should get tax break

  • | Posted: May 7 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — America’s smallest state — one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger — has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. “Put a blacksmith in the White House” could be Lincoln Chafee’s slogan.