Commentary

Comment: Minimum wage’s history shows link to economic growth

Since FDR’s New Deal, the minimum wage has spurred consumer spending and the economy.

 

Comment: Tired of talk about the n-word? Then don’t use it

White journalists should know there’s no place for it, and that there’s no defense for having used it.

 

Comment: Thank Enron for Texas’ messed-up, deregulated grid

The now-bankrupt energy company was a major force for deregulation it wanted to spread nationwide.

 

Comment: China, Russia beating the West at vaccine diplomacy

The Covax initiative is welcome news, but it’s been slow in getting shots into arms across the globe.

Comment: Global vaccination not enough to stop global spread

History shows that taking vaccines across borders is effective, but travel is also what spreads disease.

Comment: Inflation is to be expected but controls are ready

For starters, it may take two to three years for a return to full employment and its inflationary pressures.

Judy Walsh of Maine created a quilt from the leftover fragments of fabric she had from making masks. (Courtesy of Judy Walsh)

Comment: How we are commemorating a year of life with covid

People describe the objects that hadn’t existed before the pandemic and now carry so much meaning.

Judy Walsh of Maine created a quilt from the leftover fragments of fabric she had from making masks. (Courtesy of Judy Walsh)

Comment: States do need aid, not for revenue but for jobs

States’ tax revenues didn’t take as big a hit as feared but their economies need help sustaining jobs.

Comment: Drug pricing rule threatens cancer centers, patients

The Biden administration should reconsider a rule change that would cut medication reimbursements.

Comment: Policing bill gives state panel too much authority

Senate Bill 5051 expands the work of the Criminal Justice Training Commission beyond its policy duties.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters as lawmakers leave the Capitol in Washington. The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Comment: The GOP is increasing its base of powerful women

As they have grown in number in Congress, Republican women are taking leadership in party messaging.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters as lawmakers leave the Capitol in Washington. The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Comment: The small-government paradise of a cold, dark Texas

Ten years ago, Texas was warned it must winterize its grid; we got lower and lower taxes instead.

Comment: McConnell has shown current value of legacy: zilch

When truth no longer matters and there are no consequences, why should a politician worry about legacy?

Comment: To ‘build back better,’ here’s who Biden must consult

The president will need to work not with Republicans but with local communities on his infrastructure plans.

Comment: Three bills that help families would help us all

Legislation that would aid the state’s foster kids and working families makes economic and moral sense.

Comment: Bad news gets worse as hedge fund moves on papers

If the Chicago Tribune is sold to Alden, its newsroom will face deep cuts to produce cash flow.

Comment: Trump owes Limbaugh for blazing his political path

Limbaugh and his disparaging attacks on political foes provided lessons Trump would use as president.

Comment: Biden should follow Trump’s lead on judges; go young

Biden is likely to seek diversity in his bench nominations. Younger jurists should be part of that.

Comment: GOP’s buck-passers hoping others get rid of Trump

McConnell and others are content to let others stand against Trump. That may prove ineffective.

Comment: McConnell argues against McConnell on impeachment

The minority leader — as he has done before — fits his argument to the moment, not his past statements.

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