Commentary

Comment: U.S. oil industry can boost production, lower prices

It’s sitting on a stockpile of leases and can act but would rather take advantage of high oil prices.

Comment: What science says about vaccines and a fourth shot

Some will likely need a second booster, but most remaing protected against severe covid disease.

Comment: Confirmation hearings are theater but necessary

Like the State of the Union, they a transparent look into the interplay of government branches.

Comment: Only way to live with covid is not to ignore it

The U.S. might follow the U.K.’s course with omicron’s BA.2 subvariant. But there are distinctions.

A staff member places a poster of page from a book by author Ibram X. Kendi behind Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: Ted Cruz and His Very Bad Review of ‘Antiracist Baby’

What a kid’s book has to do with the Supreme Court is one thing, but Cruz needs to learn how to read.

A staff member places a poster of page from a book by author Ibram X. Kendi behind Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he questions Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: A judge’s confident countenance amid a sea of emotion

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, in her first day before the Senate, was neither flustered nor flattered.

Comment: Obamacare is boosting economic health of states

The proof: States that accepted its Medicaid expansion have better jobs numbers than states that opted out.

Comment: Why it’s a good idea to stock up on masks, tests

Congress, in rejecting a pandemic funding request, is again letting down its guard at the wrong time.

Comment: Court nominee preceded by many Black women jurists

Numerous Black women had to fight to overcome prejudices that complicated path to higher courts.

Comment: Fed first has to understand what’s causing inflation

It might be a mistake to pay too much attention to Russia’s and China’s impacts on supply chain issues.

Comment: The pain felt by Ukrainians watching war from afar

Caught outside their home, there are feelings of frustration, pride and resolve to help as they can.

Comment: Biden’s new covid chief just what the doctor ordered

The last pandemic coordinator aided the distribution of tests; Biden now needs someone who can connect with the public.

Comment: Science, health won’t settle the switch in time

From the days of ‘railroad time,’ politics and social demands have determined how we set our clocks.

Comment: Infrastructure work key to state’s rural communities

Federal infrastructure investments will strengthen vital utilities that support rural economies.

Comment: State, others take tree-to-sea path to saving salmon

The Snohomish Watershed is the focus of a program to coordinate and track work to restore habitat.

Krystal Guerra, 32, walks inside the apartment which she is packing up to leave, after her new landlord gave her less than a month's notice that her rent would go up by 26%, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in the Coral Way neighborhood of Miami. Guerra, who works in marketing while also pursuing a degree part-time, had already been spending nearly 50% of her monthly income on rent prior to the increase. Unable to afford a comparable apartment in the area as rents throughout the city have risen dramatically, Guerra is putting many of her belongings into storage and moving in with her boyfriend and his daughter for the time being. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Viewpoints: U.S. affordable housing crisis only getting worse

Stagnant wages and the rising cost of rent are forcing people into tough areas and tougher choices.

Krystal Guerra, 32, walks inside the apartment which she is packing up to leave, after her new landlord gave her less than a month's notice that her rent would go up by 26%, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in the Coral Way neighborhood of Miami. Guerra, who works in marketing while also pursuing a degree part-time, had already been spending nearly 50% of her monthly income on rent prior to the increase. Unable to afford a comparable apartment in the area as rents throughout the city have risen dramatically, Guerra is putting many of her belongings into storage and moving in with her boyfriend and his daughter for the time being. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Comment: On ballot or not, 2024 GOP race is all about Trump

The key questions are where candidates and the party stand on Trump and on democracy.

Comment: What Senate’s time change vote says about Congress

That the Senate voted quickly and by consent for year-round DST speaks to Congress’ ability to act.

Comment: Research into long covid could advance other work

It’s already prompting clues into Alzheimer’s as well as Lyme disease and other chronic conditions.

Comment: Ukraine leader shows skill at statecraft, stagecraft

Zelensky used the classic tools of film and theater to make his case for more sanctions and aid.