Opinion

Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
At dinner with a friend the other night, I mentioned I was giving a talk debunking the idea that we need to grow more food on a large scale so we can “feed the 9 billion” — the anticipated global population by 2050. She looked at me, horrified, and said, “But how are you going to produce enough food to feed the hungry?” I suggested she try this exercise ...
The fable of Kentucky’s Sen. Rand Paul
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
“The most interesting man in politics” is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month. The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential. They’re saying that he’s a great character. And that’s not the same as a great candidate.
Rethinking the United States’ foreign policy
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
President Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.
Big money wins again in a romp
Monday, November 17, 2014
other voices:
The day after the midterm elections, I met up with a man named Ira Glasser, the former longtime head of the American Civil Liberties Union. For days, the media had been full of news about the enormous sums of money likely to be spent by special-interest groups and others to influence the outcome of Senate races, House races, gubernatorial races — even judicial races. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which issued a report just days before the midterms, nearly $4 billion was expected to be spent, in toto, on the midterms. Glasser had no problem with any of ...
Our do-nothing politics
Monday, November 17, 2014
other voices:
The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.
World powers are forming alliances again, as they did before WWI
Monday, November 17, 2014
other voices:
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Great War was over. But the “War to End All Wars” famously didn’t live up to its billing. Still, it had greater impact on the world than any event of the past thousand years. The question is whether another such war might be looming today.
Triumph of the wrong
Sunday, November 16, 2014
other voices:
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet midterms to men of understanding. Or as I put it on the eve of another Republican Party sweep, politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth. Still, it’s not often a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did Nov. 4.
The fight Republicans need now
Sunday, November 16, 2014
other voices:
For the second time in four years, the Republican Party has won a sweeping midterm victory without having a policy agenda to match. The party has a more-than-comfortable House majority, a solid Senate edge, and it faces a lame-duck president sealed in a bubble of sour self-regard. But if you look for consensus on the ends to which this new power should be turned, you’ll find ... well ... um ... repeal of the medical-device tax?
FEMA needs to lay off insolvent victims of Superstorm Sandy
Sunday, November 16, 2014
other voices:
Just about everyone in America has legitimate complaints about the government. Duh! But when disaster strikes — floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, sink holes, blizzards — most people expect government to be there to help.
Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Where I Stand:
Just as Tesla Motor’s lithium battery factory was attracted to Northern Nevada in part by a lucrative package of tax benefits, John Lee is trying to work similar magic in …
Ceasefire in war on women? Republicans elect group of remarkable female leaders
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Other Voices:
Break out the Hershey’s bars and nylons: The war on women is over!
Ebola should be a wake-up call
Saturday, November 15, 2014
letter to the editor:
In an era with an increasingly profit-obsessed workplace that has steadily been shedding itself of commitments and obligations such as properly training its workforce, even in crucial industries, the domestic spread of Ebola should be a national wake-up call.
Hope GOP does better this time
Saturday, November 15, 2014
letter to the editor:
The Republicans once again have control of both houses of Congress. Let’s hope they do better than the last time they had control of Congress. In fact, from 2001 to 2009, they also held the presidency. Many people have short memories, so allow me to refresh them. The banking industry collapsed; housing prices plummeted, putting many homeowners underwater; unemployment soared to over 10 percent; the Dow Jones dipped to under 7,000 points; we were led into two wars costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars; and there was a government shutdown.
Why climate advocates don’t attract conservative support — and what to do about it
Saturday, November 15, 2014
other voices:
Reading the political tealeaves, environmental groups ramped up multimillion dollar campaigns before the midterm elections to support environmentally friendly Republicans, yet, as the election results show, the effort was met with questionable success.
Dems need young face for party
Saturday, November 15, 2014
letter to the editor:
After the midterm election defeat, the Democrats have a huge immediate problem facing the party. Who will be the face of the party? Nancy Pelosi-Harry Reid, both 75 now and older by 2016? Or younger, fresh, exciting faces? Democrats know the future of the party depends on millennial voters (18-34 years old) and minorities (the two groups not voting in the midterms needed to win). Does the Democratic Party really want old, white people in charge? No, definitely not!