Commentary

Comment: The role Mrs. Claus played in women’s rights debates

Even as St. Nick was popularized in the 19th century, Mrs. Claus was a character in both sides of the debate.

Comment: Another chance to get covid lockdown right

Sourdough or no, the only thing that really matters is making sure we and our families get through it.

Comment: Biden sounded empathy, uplift, frustration on covid

Much of the messaging has been heard before, but the president made his appeal to the persuadable.

Comment: How a health reporter cut through noise on omicron

A Washington Post reporter’s Facebook post — meant for familiy and friends — connected with many more.

Comment: Officer saw Wright for kid he was; just not in time

Kim Potter made a mistake in firing her gun. As did Wright by resisting, but it shouldn’t have cost him his life.

Comment: Abotion pills by mail proved safe; FDA now agrees

The FDA’s lifting of restrictions for telemedicine prescriptions will allow for improved access.

Comment: Best-case scenario for omicron will still be bad

We know it spreads much quicker than delta; what we don’t know yet is how deadly it is to the unvaccinated.

Comment: Coffee production must adapt to changing climate

Expect to pay much more for coffee next year; and for decades to come without some changes.

Comment: We can’t just normalize covid; the NBA shows why

In its connections and responsibilities, pro basketball is like society and can’t risk ignoring omicron.

Comment: Democrats ought to blame themselves, not Manchin

The West Virginian senator was clear all along about what he would accept; Democrats didn’t listen.

Comment: Are covid-19 vaccines ready to take on omicron?

An epidemiologist answers questions about vaccines and the variant. Bottom line: Vaccines and boosters work.

Comment: Omicron surging just as we’ve tired of precautions

The Northeast has seen rapid spread of the variant, raising concerns for holiday gatherings in the U.S.

FILE - Travelers wear masks as they wait in a line for a TSA security check, Dec. 10, 2021, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. President Joe Biden on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, will sign an executive order aimed at saving Americans time and frustration when seeking a broad array of federal services, like renewing passports, applying for Social Security benefits and getting aid after natural disasters. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Viewpoints: Rapid covid tests should be part of holiday plans

As families gather, quick home tests for covid can help protect your health and that of others.

FILE - Travelers wear masks as they wait in a line for a TSA security check, Dec. 10, 2021, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. President Joe Biden on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, will sign an executive order aimed at saving Americans time and frustration when seeking a broad array of federal services, like renewing passports, applying for Social Security benefits and getting aid after natural disasters. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Comment: Appreticeships can help meet state’s teacher needs

Established and new programs are preparing paraeducators for degrees and careers as teachers.

Comment: Biden should learn from public-option failure here

Washington’s and other states’ government-offered plans are failing on the promises that were made.

FILE - Six-year-old Eric Aviles receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, California's public health officer, Dr. Tomas J. Aragon, said that officials are monitoring the Omicron variant. There are no reports to date of the variant in California, the statement said. Aragon said the state was focusing on ensuring its residents have access to vaccines and booster shots. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Viewpoints: Countering viral misinformation on kids’ vaccines

Social media is rife with misinformation. Here’s how parents can make sure they are well informed.

FILE - Six-year-old Eric Aviles receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, California's public health officer, Dr. Tomas J. Aragon, said that officials are monitoring the Omicron variant. There are no reports to date of the variant in California, the statement said. Aragon said the state was focusing on ensuring its residents have access to vaccines and booster shots. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Comment: 1850s Congress shows the dangers of compomise

Attempts to appease slave states were in vain, just as pleas for bipartisanship on voting rights may be.

Comment: When vultures lurk at the door of your newspaper

Alden and other hedge funds buy newspapers to cut costs, sell off assets and drain what they can.

Comment: Expect home prices, rents to continue their climb

Continuing wage and job growth is also is expected to drive increases in lumber, home prices and rents.

Comment: State lawmakers threaten colleges’ academic freedom

Legislators and trustees are seeking greater control over class content and professors’ tenure.