Opinion

Police intervention replacing traditional discipline in schools
Friday, October 31, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Who among us has not inwardly been gleeful at having gotten away with something at school? Knowing the teacher didn’t like the subject of our theme but blowing her mind with how original it was. Pushing the line on a high school drama performance. Forcing the administration to back down on a policy of no student cars in the parking lot. Dying your hair a slightly forbidden color and getting away with it or flaunting a fake tattoo.
The land grab out West
Friday, October 31, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Like a rerun of a bad Western, the battle over ownership of the United States’ public lands has revived many a tired and false caricature of those of us whose livelihoods and families are rooted in the open spaces of the West.
Give the dying the right to pick how and when they want to die
Friday, October 31, 2014
Heard Elsewhere:
Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication. Another 31 people may have taken the medication, but the information wasn’t reported to the state. California may be the first, thanks to Brittany Maynard.
Worst night for Fearful Americans
Friday, October 31, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
To judge from the news, we Americans are the most fearful people on Earth. We’ve come to be proud of how afraid we are, strapping on our guns and parading through the streets. We may also be the dumbest people on Earth.
Remembering the Ben Bradlee I knew and creation of the Post’s Style section
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Ben Bradlee, who has died at the age of 93, did not so much edit The Washington Post as lead it.
Nevada best state for college savings
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
College is getting more expensive. Tuition plus room and board at a four-year institution cost more than $23,000, on average, in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That’s $10,000 a year more than the price tag in 1991-1992.
Election is about what women want
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
omen are big this election season. No group is more courted. It’s great! The issues are important. Plus, we all enjoy the occasional pander. Candidates are reinterpreting their old arguments in a new, womancentric way.
The disgust election
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy I’d want to share a beer and a brat with, or be stuck next to on a long flight. But I would like for the most influential swing voter on the Supreme Court to step away from his legal aerie and wade through some of the muck that he and four fellow justices have given us with the 2014 campaign.
Second-term slide for Obama mostly about us
Monday, October 27, 2014
other voices:
As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder what happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008.
Capitalism’s suffocating music
Monday, October 27, 2014
other voices:
Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang “Stay With Me,” beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered whether the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head.
Will voters finally say ‘no’ to gridlock?
Monday, October 27, 2014
other voices:
As this midterm election campaign drags into its final week of distortion, deception and irrelevancy, this much seems certain:
A new rule for male politicians
Sunday, October 26, 2014
other voices:
Thoughtless words imperil male politicians. In a ham-handed effort to calm nerves about the risks of Ebola, President Barack Obama recently recounted his trip to a hospital that had treated some Americans with the disease. “I shook hands with, hugged and kissed — not the doctors — but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” he said.
Vote to improve Nevada schools
Sunday, October 26, 2014
letter to the editor:
Question 3 is the only proposed solution to Nevada’s pathetic funding of K-12 schools. All funds generated by the Education Initiative would go to the operation of schools — not for school buildings.
Putin and the pope
Sunday, October 26, 2014
other voices:
Reading the papers these days, I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising me with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored, and both have an outsized influence on the world today.
Peace between Israelis, Palestinians won’t end Mideast extremism
Sunday, October 26, 2014
other voices:
A few days ago, I came across a 2008 interview with a renowned author in which, without going into detail, the writer spoke about the need for new ideas to solve “the conflict in the Middle East.” It wasn’t that many years ago when that was shorthand for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or perhaps, more broadly, for the tensions between Israelis and Arabs.