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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Commentary

The Wilderness Act at 50: One of the noblest ideas humanity has ever conjured

The Wilderness Act may be the most hopeful piece of legislation ever passed, based on one of the noblest ideas humanity has ever conjured: the idea that our wild lands have value in and of themselves, that they are not simply commodities to be cut up...
Published: 08/31/14

Candy Olson: Charter schools and the importance of local control

There has been quite a commotion about the Hillsborough County School Board’s interactions with three charter schools. I suspect that for most people, disagreements over things like governance and local control seem irrelevant to the business ...
Published: 08/31/14

What’s next for Gaza?

The “long-term” cease-fire between Israel and Hamas announced on Tuesday — assuming that it holds — is welcome first and foremost because it promises an end to a conflict that disproportionately cost the lives of innocent ...
Published: 08/30/14

Sobriety checkpoints won’t work this Labor Day — or any other day

There are lots of reasons to look forward to Labor Day: end-of-summer barbecues, the last chance to wear your favorite warm-weather whites, an extra day off of work. But this holiday weekend, you might think twice before enjoying a beer at your famil...
Published: 08/30/14

Kicking the football habit

A few years ago, I began to feel guilty about watching football. What started it were the revelations about brain damage we now know the game caused in many retired players. But there was plenty more — the cynical commercialization of the spor...
Published: 08/30/14

Fighting for legroom at 40,000 feet a losing battle

WASHINGTON — As I have mentioned before , I’m 6-foot-2 and all leg, so I’m very sympathetic to folks who complain about legroom.
Published: 08/29/14
Warren Buffett and Burger King

Warren Buffett and Burger King

Warren Buffett might very well be America’s favorite investor, but his latest deal may prove to be highly unpopular with his acolytes.
Published: 08/29/14

Kids need more sleep and more school

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important.
Published: 08/28/14

Michael Gerson: Too detached to lead?

WASHINGTON — Having once served a president, I don’t begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the...
Published: 08/28/14

Reform national disaster policy before the next storm strikes

As hurricane season ramps up, it is more critical than ever that Congress start developing a national strategy to mitigate the impact of storms.
Published: 08/28/14