Commentary

Comment: $250 million lawsuit against Trump may be only start

The civil lawsuit alleges fraud, but it could lead to an IRS investigation and criminal charges.

 

Seth McCoard, of Townshend, Vt., gets a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Comment: Is covid-19 pandemic over? The answer is yes, but …

A health expert, an economist and an education professor walk into the question of where covid has left us.

 

Comment: State must allow civic engagement at its prisons

Before covid, prisoners could meet politically. Closure of the Monroe reformatory ended that ability.

 

Comment: When government sets prices, innovation suffers

The IRA’s provision regarding Medicare’s drug prices will discourage the development of new medications.

Comment: How do we judge the nuclear threat posed by Putin?

There are reasons Putin would or wouldn’t use his arsenal. We are relying on the judgment of someone who has shown little.

Comment: One vote shows little seperates GOP and its fringe

Only eight House Republicans voted for electoral count reforms. Why? Because Liz Cheney backed it.

Comment: If Congress won’t, states should police Big Tech firms

States have been willing to adopt privacy laws, but often Facebook and Google offer up their own draft bills.

Comment: It’s not deserved, but allow Putin a face-saving out

Ukraine might push Russia to its pre-2014 borders, but at what cost? A deal avoids greater catastrophe.

Comment: In just a few months, 988 line is saving more lives

Launched in mid-July, the crisis line has seen a significant increase in calls from those contemplating suicide.

Comment: Of course, media covered Queen’s funeral for hours

Was the event inconsequential for most Americans? Sure, but outlets were giving viewers what they wanted.

Comment: Why Putin is failing at drumming up fascistic zeal

Putin has been unable to convince a majority of Russians it’s worth risking their lives for his nationalistic dreams.

Comment: Charles III must forge persona beyond inheritance

The King is left to address the traditions and the injustices inherited from the history of English royalty.

Comment: Dated attitudes about nursing factor in our crisis

The origins of nursing — steeped in notions of selflessness — allowed low expectations on pay and working conditions.

Comment: Biden’s, Democrats’ legislative success may not matter

Hope of avoiding a red wave this November hinges more on abortion and Trump than recent policy wins.

Comment: Since Scopes era, ‘parental control’ has cloaked motives

Coaching concerns over science, race and gender as issues of ‘parents’ rights’ favors the loudest parents.

Comment: To respond to crime well we need up-to-date data

Without current data we can’t adopt effective policy and are prone to inaccurate conclusions.

Comment: Congress can’t legislate on abortion, for or against

Efforts to codify Roe or adopt a national ban would face challenges on constitutional grounds.

Comment: Demands on our attention call for update to laws

Noise — auditory and informational — is limiting our freedom to focus. Some regulation is necessary.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, where Truss was be invited to become Prime Minister and form a new government, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Sept. 6, 2022. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)

Comment: Queen’s power wrapped in satin, grace, tradition

Elizabeth II was a stabilizing force, but a reminder of the racism and colonialism upon which that stability was built.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, where Truss was be invited to become Prime Minister and form a new government, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Sept. 6, 2022. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)
FILE - Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books, including "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison, that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021. The wave of book bannings around the country has reached a level not seen for decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Comment: Banning books is no way to prepare young minds

Parents should have a say for their child but shouldn’t keep others’ kids from expanding their knowledge.

FILE - Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books, including "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison, that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021. The wave of book bannings around the country has reached a level not seen for decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)