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Democrats need to be the third party

Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by ...

Where’s the outrage over Russia?

I’m confused. These days, “nationalism” is all the rage on the right. I put it in quotes because there are a lot of different ideas of what nationalism means. Some of it is just rah-rah “USA No. 1” sloganeering. For others, nationalism is basically code for white identity ...

Don’t talk to mama with that mouth

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 10 years. My husband and I live about 15 minutes from his mother. Things have never been great between my mother-in-law and me, but we’ve always tried to overlook our differences. When my husband and I were first married and didn’t have kids, we spent a ...

This discrimination must end

Discrimination of any kind is wrong, yet across America, conservatives are being discriminated against in the workplace and beyond for their political beliefs — beliefs they are entitled to hold and express in a democracy that permits many political parties and free elections. Not to mention ...

L.A.’s mayor

LOS ANGELES — It was dicey being Jewish in a Russia that was tolerant of pogroms, and then came the threat of conscription into the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, so one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s great-grandfathers headed West to America. Another Garcetti great-grandfather married a Mexican ...

Drama over solutions

Dear Annie: My middle child graduated from college last year and has been driving me crazy ever since. The transition into the adult world can be a difficult, confusing time for most college grads; thinking back, I obsessed over picking the “right” job, the “right” career, etc. So, that ...

Democrats and Trump

It turns out that, with apologies to Nancy Pelosi, Republicans really did have to pass the tax bill so people could find out what’s in it. The GOP has made gains on the generic congressional ballot in recent weeks, with warmer feelings about the tax plan contributing to the upward trend. ...

Mom’s house of horrors

Dear Annie: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children under the age of 6. They currently go to their grandmother’s (my mother’s) day care one day a week to give me a chance to run errands and do extra housework. Lately, I have noticed signs of negligence. Some are minor, such as dirty ...

VOTE YES chairman thanks the community

To the editor: Feb. 6 was a cold, snowy, wintry day here in north central Iowa. Voters in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright counties were called on to approve a proposal by Iowa Central Community College to sell $25.5 million in bonds to ...

No names

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose ...

Motives behind the massacre

“Enough is enough!” “This can’t go on!” “This has to stop!” These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before. Unfortunately, such ...

That ain’t good English

Dear Annie: I have been attending a local church for about a year, and although I am very shy, I have come to care a great deal about some of the people, especially my pastors. I have noticed that on the church’s official website, there are quite a few typos and oddly structured sentences. I ...

Drowning in debt

In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the U.S. national ...

A problem from our campuses

In a 1989 article in New Republic, Andrew Sullivan made what he called “a (conservative) case for gay marriage.” Today same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in America, supported by majorities of voters and accepted as a part of American life. Now Sullivan has cast his gaze on what he ...

Finally, a unifying theme

Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the Democrats’ ...

Clinging to moments of unexpected grace

Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don’t have to cook. We eat, of course, and pick at one another’s plates, but it’s about so much more than food. We convene, in person, to share updates from our lives in ways that ...

Wrestling with coming forward

Dear Annie: I’ve been feeling very inspired lately. As a firm believer in gender equality, I am so happy to see how the #MeToo movement has given so many women the relief of telling their stories and getting a weight off their shoulders. However, this also has inspired a feeling of panic ...

Success Academy

Kids who attend New York City’s Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well. “We are No. 1 in student achievement in the state,” says founder Eva Moskowitz, “outperforming all the wealthy suburbs.” They do. Although they teach mostly poor kids, 95 percent pass the state ...

Infrastructure

It’s Infrastructure Week (again), and who among us can contain his excitement? The president, for one. According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the interstate highway system. But in the wake of tax ...

The kids aren’t all right

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 11 years. He has three grown children, all gainfully employed, who live in distant cities. We live in the large house his children grew up in. Two of the children are married with young kids. The problem is that at least twice a year, his kids ...