Commentary

Comment: What 2022 holds for misinformation and social media

Three experts offer thoughts on social media’s misinformation, fake news and propaganda in the coming year.

Comment: A pundit’s predictions for 2022; most of them serious

2022 will bring another covid variant, a split Congress, faster ice-cap melting and a Padres World Series win.

Comment: Four resolutions for a healthier environment

We can give more thought to our place in nature and how we contribute to its problems and solutions.

Comment: Never too soon to start — or restart — your resolutions

It might be better to ignore the new year and make — and practice — your resolutions throughout the year.

Comment: Let’s resolve to give in less to our negativity bias

We’re hardwired for pessimism, and social media adds fuel to the fire, but it’s not helping us.

Comment: Obituaries of the noted chance to recall their light

Tutu, Reid, Didion, Dole and others were reminders of what it means to be flexible in a world gone rigid.

Comment: Afghan refugees, like others, can revitalize cities

Communities that have welcomed refugees have seen more local businesses and fewer vacant homes.

Comment: The senator who can win child tax credit Biden wants

It’s not Joe Manchin (though he supports it); it’s Utah’s Mitt Romney and his Family Security Act.

Comment: What’s really behind the Great Resignation?

More workers are looking for new jobs, but it’s not necessarily because they dislike their old jobs.

Comment: New covid drug may do more harm than good

Molnupiravir wears down the virus by encouraging weaker mutations. But that’s a gamble that could backfire.

Comment: State high courts may slow SCOTUS’ rightward swing

State constitutions and supreme courts have beeen havens for protecting rights now under fire.

Comment: Don’t despair for U.S. democracy; fix it

Voters in each party can underestimate the other’s support for democracy; that’s where the real power still lies.

Comment: Manchin shows he doesn’t understand families’ poverty

If his own constituents are hunting, it’s not for trophies and sport; it’s to keep meat on the table.

FILE--This undated artist sketch shows the skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper from recollections of the passengers and crew of a Northwest Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle on Thanksgiving eve in 1971. Nearly 50 years after skyjacker D.B. Cooper vanished out the back of a Boeing 727 into freezing Northwest rain, wearing a business suit, a parachute and a pack with $200,000 in cash, a crime historian is conducting a dig on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, in search of evidence. (AP-Photo/File)

Comment: Why skyjacker D.B. Cooper fascinates after 50 years

The unsolved case offers enough clues — including some of the money — and color to hold our attention.

FILE--This undated artist sketch shows the skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper from recollections of the passengers and crew of a Northwest Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle on Thanksgiving eve in 1971. Nearly 50 years after skyjacker D.B. Cooper vanished out the back of a Boeing 727 into freezing Northwest rain, wearing a business suit, a parachute and a pack with $200,000 in cash, a crime historian is conducting a dig on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, in search of evidence. (AP-Photo/File)

Comment: Making access easier key to kids’ covid vaccination

A Western Washington partnership is working to bring vaccines to spots where families are gathering.

Comment: Vaccine maker must do more to improve global supply

Previously, Moderna focused on supplying wealthier nations. A pledge to Africa is only a start.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key holdout vote on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Commentary: How both Joes can rebuild Build Back Better

Democrats can sign on to what Manchin wants and offer to keep talking on the Child Tax Credit.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key holdout vote on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Comment: How to make conversation around holiday dinner table

A conversation about conversation talks about the trouble spots and how covid has only made it tougher.

Comment: Our notions of Santa didn’t start at the ‘Night Before’

While much is based on that well-known poem, the myth of St. Nicholas reaches back much further.

Comment: Dear Republicans, Trump wants you to get vaccinated

The former president has been consistent in his messaging that the covid vaccine is safe and effective.