Commentary

Comment: GOP’s ‘Commitment’ not about votes; it’s about a mandate

Like 1994’s Contract with America, the Commitment will be used after the election to claim this is what Americans want.

 

Comment: Here’s who should be first up for covid’s new booster

Those over 65, those with health problems and those not boosted in the last six months should get their jabs.

 

FILE - The U.S. Supreme Court building is shown on May 4, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court says it will continue providing live audio broadcasts of arguments in cases, even as it welcomes the public back to its courtroom for a new term that begins Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Comment: Is the Supreme Court guided by principle or party?

There’s agreement the court has shifted but debate about what standards are behind its decisions.

 

Comment: Inslee’s vaccine mandate causing worker shortages

The CDC gave the governor an out from bad policy that has cost state workers theirs jobs.

Comment: Salmon won’t wait for us to be ready to remove dams

Gov. Inslee and Sen. Murray say removal isn’t feasible in the ‘near term.’ Neither is species’ survival.

Comment: How Nixon-era idea could bring dark money into light

A tax reform act in 1969 set national rules for philanthropic giving, providing a template for campaign finance.

Comment: Sober thoughts about ‘funny’ doorbell camera videos

Amazon is collecting its Ring videos into a TV show, turning surveillance into something ‘fun.’

Comment: Far-right lurking in policing a constant in history

Laws regarding segregation changed in the 1950s, but the fight Edwin Walker and others went carried on.

Comment: Martha’s Vineyard’s generosity should surprise no one

While the history isn’t spotless, church communities across the nation have welcomed refugees.

Comment: $55 billion only a drop of what water systems need

The federal infrascture plan is spending more on Amtrak than to upgrade failing water and sewer systems.

Comment: Free school lunches, yes, but how else to end hunger

A White House conference is considering steps, but control of Congress may determine what’s adopted.

Comment: Progress on vaccination for HPV too vital to lose

Vaccination for the disease, which can lead to various cancers, faced an uphill climb, even before covid.

Comment: In our blurt-it-out age, try some rural reticence

Being quick with an opinion — rather than sitting on the fence to watch and listen — may not be working for us.

Comment: Norman Rockwell’s economy is never coming back

Both Presidents Trump and Biden vowed to bring back manufacturing. There’s a better way for better jobs.

Comment: U.S. policy is responsible for Venezuelan refugees

Trump’s and Biden’s economic sanctions created the refugee crisis. The onus is on the U.S. to fix this.

Comment: U.S. must broaden Iran policy beyond nuclear talks

The White House should address human rights and Iran’s activities in the Middle East and Africa.

Comment: What FBI’s history says about its Trump investigation

The FBI has the means and drive for counterintelligence work related to the Mar-a-Lago documents.

Comment: Declaring an ‘end’ to pandemics often prolongs them

While the worst may be past, history shows that such declarations limit still necessary public health efforts.

Comment: What works for Trump and Fox is poison for the GOP

Trump gets attention. Fox gets ratings. But Republicans think they can say any fool thing and still win.

Comment: $250 million lawsuit against Trump may be only start

The civil lawsuit alleges fraud, but it could lead to an IRS investigation and criminal charges.