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  • Posted 12/21/2012 11:23:42 EST

      An apocalyptic future is no more probable than a Utopian one.  Utopia means 'nowhere' for a reason.  And extrapolation, which is to some extent all we've got to define the future, is the very Devil' more »

  • Posted 08/15/2012 08:18:26 EDT

    I'd add, and, though to the left of center,, though, gave its 'pants on fire of the year' to the utterly true observation that Paul Ryan's voucher plan would more »

  • Posted 07/01/2011 09:59:49 EDT

    Not rejecting Buffett out of hand, nor ridiculing his followers. Nor advocating a dour existence in which there's no place for anything other than 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' or Ingmar Bergman mov more »

  • Posted 07/01/2011 08:16:48 EDT

    Franchisees see a business environment in which independent operators can't compete financially with huge corporations whose franchisees benefit from nationwide advertising and economies of scale. The more »

  • Posted 07/01/2011 08:06:55 EDT

    lem's prior post, which crossed with mine, acknowledged
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  • Posted 07/01/2011 08:05:55 EDT

    Charging fees for use of congested highways as an incentive to use other means of transport while reflecting public cost of their use isn't an idea to be rejected out of hand. Many a decision to drive more »

  • Posted 06/25/2011 11:05:44 EDT

    I see a rejection of romanticism, rather than an embrace of it, in the article. 'He may be a rascal, but he's our rascal' has been said of many politicians by members of many ethnic and racial groups. more »

  • Posted 06/20/2011 07:04:31 EDT

    The original song, 'Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville', wasn't much of a celebration. Had some truth to it: denial evolved into insight and acknowledgment of responsibility. That Buffett and the Pa more »

  • Posted 04/17/2011 08:14:21 EDT

    What the article doesn't mention at all are the myriad difficulties of primary care. The worst administrative burdens. The lowest reimbursements, sometimes (as with Medicaid and even Medicare) not eve more »

  • Posted 01/14/2011 06:41:10 EST

    Were a team anywhere as successful as the Patriots have been, the fans there would, rightly or wrongly, have dismissed something like 'Spygate' without a second thought. Meanwhile, there hasn't been a more »

  • Posted 01/14/2011 06:32:20 EST

    Skills don't drive China's economic success at this point, which is based on manufacturing. Vast numbers of manufacturing jobs, before leaving for China and other places, were easily filled by America more »

  • Posted 01/12/2011 10:44:03 EST

    You trash talk and you don't back it up, you're a jacka**. You trash talk and you back it up, you're a victorious jacka**. more »

  • Posted 01/09/2011 07:26:34 EST

    Ms Weiss' column is unfortunately timed, given the Arizona horror of yesterday. Playing a video game or laser tag is not the same thing as handling a weapon designed for one, and only one purpose: to more »

  • Posted 01/09/2011 07:18:31 EST

    It's worth noting that there are two parties to a contract negotiated between a union and an employer. A public-sector union should consider the taxpayers and economic resources available to fund a co more »

  • Posted 01/06/2011 07:17:18 EST

    Penalties can in fact be applied to those bringing groundless suits. They usually aren't. Mostly, the suits are dismissed. The majority of suits such as this one, which is absurd on its face, never ge more »

  • Posted 01/05/2011 08:19:43 EST

    At the very least, there should be accountability for positions taken--no more secret holds; no more 'gentlemen's filibusters' not requiring actual filibuster. Debate should be facilitated rather than more »

  • Posted 01/01/2011 09:06:05 EST

    There's a difference between the public's right to know and its need to know. If my town or city's police force has been compromised, I need to know why. more »

  • Posted 12/27/2010 01:15:00 EST

    There are decent, thoughtful religious people, some of whom embrace science as well as faith, and many of whom respect the religious beliefs, or lack of beliefs, of others. As I do just about every we more »

  • Posted 12/24/2010 09:38:56 EST

    It isn't the Republicans' seat, any more than it was Kennedy's seat. it's the people's seat. Those same people who kept reelecting Kennedy, and in the last election chose Brown. I've spent a lifetime more »

  • Posted 12/24/2010 08:24:22 EST

    1. I don't always agree with Brown. But I think a second party is sorely needed in the state. Doctrinaire right wingers won't ever succeed in being a meaningful alternative to the Democrats. There wer more »

  • Posted 12/23/2010 11:24:52 EST

    Agreed entirely with the article and the above posters. I'd add: 1. All bacteria were 'antibiotic resistant' before antibiotics (sulfas, penicillin) came in. Not where we'd want to return. 2. Anyone w more »

  • Posted 12/19/2010 10:21:32 EST

    1. There is no such thing as a 'robust missile defense', never has been. And, even were such a thing possible, there are many other ways to deliver nuclear weapons. Limiting proliferation and continui more »

  • Posted 12/18/2010 09:59:44 EST

    1. All government spending outside your district is pork. All inside your district is just sharing of government spending in compensation for your taxes. No senator or congressperson gets reelected on more »

  • Posted 12/17/2010 08:02:35 EST

    1. Every country in the world with universal health insurance spends for health care far less per capita--half to two thirds--than the United States. A logical approach to lowering the deficit would b more »

  • Posted 12/17/2010 07:50:06 EST

    The article errs in attributing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy to President Clinton. It was forced on Clinton by such as Colin Powell and Sam Nunn, after Clinton proposed open gay service. more »