Friday September 04, 2015
March 26th, 2015
Ferguson, Missouri, is once again a flash point in this nation's struggle to come to grips with itself, as its citizens are embroiled in a profound conversation about bias, policing, the criminal justice system, civil rights and social justice.
Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.
Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson gave one of the most memorable speeches by a U.S. president, calling on Congress to enact a voting rights bill by borrowing the cry of the civil rights movement: "We shall overcome."
College acceptance letters go out -- actually, college admissions web portals go live -- in a few weeks. This column was originally intended to help calm anxious high school seniors, and their anxious parents, about the whole crazy-making process.
If Hillary Clinton didn't do anything wrong, why is she so reluctant to talk about it?
It is hard to call her barely legal use of her personal account to conduct government business a "scandal," since she so resolutely refuses to sound scandalized by it.
Hillary Clinton must have experienced deja vu the other day, facing a demanding press bombarding her with questions about her penchant for privacy. The specifics of the interrogation were different, but the response was essentially the same as in her encounters as first lady in the 1990s, in her 2008 presidential campaign and her four years as secretary of state.
If you torture a single chicken and are caught, you're likely to be arrested. If you scald thousands of chickens alive, you're an industrialist who will be lauded for your acumen.
Since open letters to secretive and duplicitous regimes are in fashion, we would like to post an Open Letter to the Leaders of the Clinton Republic of Chappaqua:
Here we go again. At Harvard, Emory, Bucknell and other schools around the country, there have been record numbers of applicants yearning for an elite degree. They'll get word in the next few weeks. Most will be turned down.
All should hear and heed the stories of Peter Hart and Jenna Leahy.