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Ron Rollins

Missing the great Mike Nichols

It’s often only after an artist passes away that we reflect on the real impact their work had on society, and the way we think about things. The writer and film director Mike Nichols, who died this week at 83, had an enormous impact on our cultural conversations over the ...

The point of beheadings

From the Boston Globe: “If beheadings in 2014 seem shocking in their cruelty and theater, that is exactly the point, suggests anthropologist Frances Larson. Larson has researched the meaning of beheadings for a new book, ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found.’ The book addresses the political and ...

U.S. President Barack Obama holds up his Blackberry while departing for a domestic trip Nov. 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Obama was scheduled to travel to Las Vegas to speak about immigration reform. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Obama on immigration: Smart move or presidential over-reach?

President Obama’s speech on Thursday about his plans for action on immigration led to an immediate outpouring of vigorous commentary from both sides of the political aisle. Today we share condensed views from writers at national publications.REACTION FROM THE LEFT From Jamelle Bouie, at SlatePresident Obama is announcing his executive ...

Connie Post

Should traffic cameras be banned?

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 24-9 in favor of a bill that would for all intents and purposes abolish traffic cameras that automatically ticket motorists for running red lights.Supporters of the measure maintain that the traffic cameras exist simply as an easy way to put money in the coffers ...

The harmonic scales of the hermit thrush

From The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “An analysis of song recordings of 14 hermit thrush birds reveals that most songs contain musical scales that are based on small-integer frequency ratios found in the same harmonic series commonly employed in human musical scales, and that the frequency selection ...

Kathleen Parker writes for The Washington Post.

Pope calls for family resurrection

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.Nothing could ...

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

The growing wealth and clout of the richest .01 percent

The richest Americans hold more of the nation’s wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of art and luxury penthouses.And also on politics. In fact, their political spending has been growing faster than their ...

Readers’ top fear isn’t Ebola

Speak upSigning in for an appointment at my doctor’s office recently I was asked if I had been outside of the country, if I had visited Africa and if I had associated with anyone that had visited Africa. … What I don’t understand is why they did not ask if ...

Local writers will soon share their insights

Editors’ note: A couple of months ago, we announced that we were looking for a few good writers willing to contribute regularly to our Ideas & Voices pages. We said we wanted all political leanings represented — right, left, in the middle, independent, etc. Plus, we warned, there would be ...

Clarence Page writes for the Chicago Tribune.

Obama’s new attitude: Don’t back down

With only two years left in his final term — and after a stinging rebuke to his party in the midterm elections, the president is showing a new attitude: No more Mr. Nice Guy.First he threw down a challenge on the immigration issue. After years of setbacks and delays, Obama ...

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