Commentary

A year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the final touches are put on a sign saying, "Voters Decide Protect Democracy," Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, ahead of an event on the National Mall in Washington. Thursday marks the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, a violent attack that has fundamentally changed Congress and prompted widespread concerns about the future of American democracy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Viewpoint: Watching for the coup by a thousand cuts

Jan. 6 was disturbing, but the real threat to democracy has continued its erosion at the state level.

A year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the final touches are put on a sign saying, "Voters Decide Protect Democracy," Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, ahead of an event on the National Mall in Washington. Thursday marks the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, a violent attack that has fundamentally changed Congress and prompted widespread concerns about the future of American democracy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Comment: Add electoral count reforms to voting rights bills

Republicans are backing the Electoral Count Act, but it can’t be a bait-and-switch for voting rights reforms.

Comment: McConnell’s allegiance to filibuster is a radical act

It’s no longer used as leverage to improve legislation but is simply about blocking the will of the majority.

Comment: As hospitals are swamped, how to fairly ration care?

Reserving care for the most likely to survive leaves difficulties in how doctors, others make that call.

Comment: Hannity can’t use press card to avoid Jan. 6 subpoena

Fox’s Hannity might have a point about journlistic protections; if only he hadn’t denied being a journalist.

Comment: Trump has only postponed onslaught against democracy

His relative silence on Jan. 6 is about timing, not about regret for the insurrection he spurred on.

Comment: 2022 a good year to buy your first electric vehicle

Even before rebates, most electrics show comparable costs to gas-powered cars after five years.

Comment: Food trucks offer a safer dining option during covid

Long opposed by other restaurants, food trucks continue to gain acceptance and favor from diners.

Comment: How do we commemorate what happened Jan. 6?

When we’re divided on whether the events at the U.S. Capitol were insurrection or tourism, what do we honor?

Comment: 1918 flu trying to tell us something about omicron

As the flu surged in its second year then, fatigue and removal of mitigation measures made things worse.

Comment: Jan. 6 hearings are for the benefit of democracy

Both parties may seek to use them — or ignore them — for their own benefit. Stayed focused on their purpose.

Comment: What media must now do to ensure democracy’s survival

More than alerting the public to the threats to democracy, media outlets need to focus on its heroes.

Comment: America’s hunger pandemic is getting worse

Covid and inflation have combined to increase the need and cause donations to feed fewer than before.

Comment: Medicare needs to conduct own Alzheimer’s drug trial

While the FDA has approved it, too many concerns about Aduhelm’s effectiveness and price remain.

Comment: Now entering 2022; please lower your expectations

After surviving 2020, we put too much faith in 2021 to exceed our expectations. That was our mistake.

Comment: In cutting health care costs don’t limit patient care

Build Back Better’s provisions to cut drug costs could hurt those dealing with rare diseases.

Comment: Use testing to head off a return to virtual learning

If theaters can remain open in the face of surging omicron cases, so should classrooms.

Comment: When it suited officials, non-citizens could vote

While encouraged for much of U.S. history, surging nativist sentiment is blocking any return of the policy.

Comment: Allowing dental therapists would improve kids’ care

A state task for has studied the issue and shown the benefits to lower-income families and children.

This image released by Netflix shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Jennifer Lawrence in "Don't Look Up." (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)

Comment: We’ve got the apocalypse all wrong

Dramatic, singular solutions won’t help us avoid or cope with societal collapse; community will.

This image released by Netflix shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Jennifer Lawrence in "Don't Look Up." (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)