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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 …

My Turn: Clinton understands need for true equality

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On Aug. 18, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. On this anniversary, I believe it is important to celebrate how far we have come as a nation and to acknowledge the work still left to …

National View: Why some cities don’t like tourists anymore

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Hong Kong, which became major tourist destinations only in the last couple of decades, are starting to look for ways to keep visitors out. This isn’t about xenophobia: It’s a protest against …

Katy Burns: Donald Trump – threat or menace?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I don’t know what’s scarier – Donald Trump or the extraordinary welcome he is getting from voters, from many fellow presidential candidates, from other members of the Republican Party, and even from Democrats (delighted at Trump’s ability to …

Fran Wendelboe: End the reign of the PC police

Saturday, August 15, 2015

How many ridiculous actions of “political correctness” will it take before Americans say enough is enough? It may already be welling up and spilling over. Donald Trump’s “mystery” appeal to so many people may be a strong indicator. He is not afraid to say what so many average …

Mike Marland, Aug. 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Turn: Armed ‘protectors’ create anxiety, not comfort

Saturday, August 15, 2015

This week, I talked with two men carrying automatic rifles. They were standing in the parking lot outside of my chiropractor’s office on Loudon Road in Concord, across the street from the Goodwill store. These men, who are often on the sidewalk, loiter in the presence of children …

My Turn: The Bushes versus Mexico

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gov. Jeb Bush’s recently revealed border-enforcement plan is just another Potemkin prop to show he is now tough on immigration. His plan calls for the use of greater technology and infrastructure resources on the border, greater domestic enforcement …

My Turn: With Iran deal, Obama shows courage of JFK

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Liberalism has taken a defensive stance for the past 35 years. Fueled by the Reagan revolution, the Democratic Party moved to the right during the Clinton administration and reached its apex with authorization for the use of force in Iraq by prominent Democrats. President Obama remained somewhat conservative …

National View: Robot age arriving sooner than we thought

Thursday, August 13, 2015

About 542 million years ago, something weird and profound happened on Earth. Quite abruptly, life went inventively crazy, proliferating from simple, rudimentary single-cell organisms into myriad multicellular forms. Evolution discovered the idea of more sophisticated and specialized cells, and most of the basic body plans we know today. …

Film about the GOP debate would include a star-studded cast

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Last week’s prime-time Republican debate on Fox News was so entertaining, it should be turned into a movie. To get the ball rolling, we thought we would help Hollywood make some of the casting decisions. Here’s what we came up with: …