Former Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s political wisdom that “All politics is local” has been a staple in political thinking for many years.
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The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.
I have to agree with The Denver Post’s editorial endorsing Cory Gardner, challenger to pro-choice Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, that “obnoxious one-issue campaign(s)” are insulting, particularly when the issue in focus is “reproductive rights.”
WASHINGTON — Tech companies are apparently offering egg freezing as a benefit to their employees. There’s some suspicion among women I know that this is supposed to help/force women in technology balance family and career by delaying childbirth — it’s not a good time in your late 20s and early 30s, so freeze those eggs and have kids when you’re ready.
Some people I know refuse to watch the news or read the papers these days, and who can blame them? The headlines are depressing and no one seems to be in charge.
FORT WORTH, Texas — There may be many reasons to support the death penalty, but economics is not one of them.
WASHINGTON — On September 17, Texas executed Lisa Coleman for murdering a 9-year-old child. Death penalty opponents argue that, even in the most heinous cases, executions are just too costly, and that society would do better to substitute life-without-parole sentences for lethal injections.
We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement.
Thanks, thanks and more thanks to Leon Panetta, a former congressman, secretary of defense, budget director,White House chief of staff and head of three different agencies, including the CIA — someone, in short, who knows his way around Washington. He has made it clear the current political stalemate there is at least partly traceable to the leadership shortcomings of President Barack Obama. The observation matters.
As the summer wound down, I found a letter from my son’s headmaster under some junk on my desk. He was asking the kids to be sure to read two books over the summer. Oops, I thought. This was one I should have read immediately. Even though we bug my son to read, find him books that seem perfect for his taste — usually about dystopian, post-apocalyptic societies — he doesn’t manage to get through too many. There are distractions. Particularly the Internet and social media. Research abounds about Internet use and the young, their drop in reading and their reduced, choppy attention spans.