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National View: Five myths about wildfires in America

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Northern California’s burning. Oregon’s ablaze. Three firefighters died in Washington last week while trying to keep flames from razing the entire town of Twisp. With weeks of fire season still to go, the federal government has already spent more than $800 million trying to extinguish blazes that promise to rival history’s worst in terms of size, destructiveness and cost. In other words: same sad stories, new year. This weekend, while …

On the issues: O’Malley says ‘we need to stop stumbling backwards’

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has, since announcing his presidential bid, outlined a series of specific policy goals he would pursue as president – on the environment, college affordability, the economy, substance abuse and more. Here are some of them: On wages: O’Malley supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide. …

Fran Wendelboe: The path ahead for the U.S. and Mexico on immigration

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty My great grandparents on my mother’s side came …

Katy Burns: Demeaning term, demeaning myths

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Now we have a debate about “anchor babies” in the GOP primary. It is shameful. And, of course, it has been initiated – like everything else in this political season – by Donald Trump. Let the inimitable Trump explain in his own unedited words: “Here’s what’s happened. A …

National View: Bond had long view of journey toward justice

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. A young Julian is standing beside a seated Paul Robeson. The giant of a man – scholar, athlete, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Waiting for a Muslim Francis

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thoughtful people worldwide are caught up in an agonizing dilemma regarding the emergence, in the 21st century, of violence and terror perpetrated by fundamentalist Islamic sects, goaded by radical imams, and inspiring deranged or naive individuals to commit …

My Turn: Wendelboe is being obtuse about the South

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fran Wendelboe just doesn’t get it. Lest anybody is unsure of my message, Fran Wendelboe just doesn’t get it. Her column in the Aug. 16 Sunday Monitor is no more than a collection of misconceptions, conflation and false equivalencies. She pines for the Donna Reed Show days, before …

Katy Burns: An America built by birthright babies

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Recent news item: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee sounded that theme in a campaign appearance in Des Moines, telling his audience, “We must vigilantly safeguard the life of the unborn, and, as soon it is no longer unborn, …

My Turn: A health system in dire need of reform

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Through some mutation of American exceptionalism, we have come to believe that by spending more per capita on health care than any other country on Earth, we must surely enjoy the best health on the planet. Not so, not by a long shot. The Affordable Care Act notwithstanding, …

Mike Marland, Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Turn: History urges us to fight for our land

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I am an amateur genealogist. I learned from both of my grandmothers, who were doing it the hard way long before Ancestry.com, the internet or the computer. You needed perseverance in the era before the little green leaf. My grandmothers, Phyllis and Priscilla, lived at different ends of …

My Turn: A history of the ‘Welcome to Concord’ monument

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thank you, John Gfroerer, for your recent article on Concord boundaries (Sunday Monitor Forum, Aug. 9). You mentioned the “Welcome to Concord” monument near the southeast corner of the Everett Arena. Here’s some history concerning that 8-foot granite block with the brass plaque inscribed “Welcome to Concord.” The …

My Turn: Things I wish I was told after my dementia diagnosis

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Statistically, 50 percent of American adults will develop dementia after 75, most likely Alzheimer’s. I want to share briefly with those who have it, or will, what was missing for me for at least a year and what would have made a major difference in coping with this …