Opinion

A world without OPEC?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
other voices:
Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — OPEC — which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. The embargo led to widespread shortages in the United States, higher prices at the gas pump and long lines at gas stations. By the time it ended, the price of oil had risen to $12 a barrel from $3.
The blue-collar imperative
Saturday, October 25, 2014
other voices:
In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.
A generation without chores
Saturday, October 25, 2014
other voices:
I recently moderated a talk for a colleague who was addressing a large group of parents. She asked me to hand out a time wheel, which listed a variety of activities that could make up a typical day in the life of a kid today. She instructed parents to spend a few minutes thinking about how much time their kids spend on each category, then shout out estimates as we made our way around the time wheel.
Midterm elections to stun Democrats
Friday, October 24, 2014
letter to the editor:
With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, it’s not looking good for the home team — President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Why? The Islamic State is on the rise — strike one. Ebola is spreading — strike two. The stock market is tanking — strike three.
An affair to remember, differently
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators. Officials at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were unreliable narrators on Ebola. The Internet is bristling with unreliable narrators who prefer their takes to the truth.
Cowards won’t show their faces
Friday, October 24, 2014
letter to the editor:
Well, they are at it again. How exciting it must have been for the brave Hamas warriors fighting while hiding behind the women and children of Gaza.
Potlatch for politicians
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
An editor with multiple graduate degrees once called me with a story idea hatched among fellow trend-sniffers in New York.
Who can afford kids nowadays?
Friday, October 24, 2014
other voices:
Parenthood should be affordable in this country, but the cost of raising a child from birth to adulthood is now a quarter of a million dollars and projected to double by the time today’s toddlers reach their teens. Will having kids soon be out of reach economically for many American families?
Conservation is our water solution
Friday, October 24, 2014
letter to the editor:
We have been living with drought in the Southwest for years, so long that many of us are tuning it out.
Sen. Warren makes the case
Thursday, October 23, 2014
other voices:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.
Ideology of the Dark Ages
Thursday, October 23, 2014
letter to the editor:
I am responding to the Oct. 11 column “Incomplete caricature of Islam” by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times.
What energy crisis?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
other voices:
There is something extraordinary happening on Main Street, in the suburban strips and at country stores: Workers are lowering the prices on the signs for gasoline.
Oncologists against margin tax
Thursday, October 23, 2014
letter to the editor:
On behalf of the Nevada Oncology Society, I want to express my concern with the statewide Ballot Question 3, referred to as “The Margin Tax Initiative” or “The Education Initiative.” Nevada Oncology Society is a nonprofit organization representing medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and other oncology specialists who provide cancer care in Nevada.
How to restart health care reform
Thursday, October 23, 2014
other voices:
Midterm elections are coming, and both parties are lobbing grenades about health care. Despite the furious rhetoric, the two sides are more alike than they realize. Both spent decades pursuing policies that obstruct health care’s capacity to save lives, ease suffering and cut costs. The endless vitriol resembles World War I-style trench warfare. The 2010 Affordable Care Act moved the battle lines a little in one direction; the midterms that year moved them a little in the opposite direction. With divided government, the 2014 elections will move the lines even less.
No faith in our government
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
other voices:
I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, but I did: While flying from D.C. to Dallas recently, just after the news came out that an Ebola-infected nurse had been allowed to fly while running a fever, I went back and read the opening pages of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”