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  • Published
    August 2, 2021

    The Olympics has long been a disaster for people who live in host cities

    This Olympics-displacement pattern has now been replicated over the last few years in Tokyo. The benefits reaped by the IOC and host cities and their affluent citizens generate a ruthless philosophy where the ends (a successful Games and beautified city) justify any means.

  • Published
    August 2, 2021

    Back to school in masks, and shame on the adults

    Children don't tend to be made as sick by the virus as adults, and child deaths of COVID-19 are rare, but children still stand to lose a lot if an outbreak ripples through their schools — and it will ripple without any protections in place.

  • Published
    August 2, 2021

    No good comes from a shrinking population

    An aging, shrinking population creates national quandaries that are more than just fiscal. One is that, as the real return on ordinary physical investment falls, so does the interest rate necessary to keep the economy humming.

  • Published
    August 1, 2021

    Cal Thomas: Wrong predictions don’t deter the predictors

    To some, climate change proponents are little more than modern-day soothsayers that media continues to legitimize, even when their dire predictions of global catastrophe turn out to be not so dire.

  • Published
    August 1, 2021

    Rich Lowry: The president who wasn’t there

    He's the Olympic badminton competition after a WWE match; he's elevator music after a heavy metal concert; he's the sparkler after a fireworks display. Biden's presidency is, in this sense, practically premodern, almost hearkening back to the pre-mass-media days when presidents were neither seen nor heard.

  • Published
    August 1, 2021

    Froma Harrop: Are we canceling summer again?

    Early on, I referred to the summer of 2020 as the summer of COVID-19. In places where vaccination rates are low, this is another summer of COVID-19. Where I am, it's not, certainly not like last year. But it's still a summer of weird weather, political instability and rising violent crime.

  • Published
    August 1, 2021

    Elliott Epstein: Rearview Mirror: When are just rewards just to be expected?

    Johansen has used his public podium to advocate against pandemic public health measures. Moreover, he and his wife, an officer on the Aroostook County GOP committee (who became symptomatic at about the same time her husband), refrained from getting the COVID vaccine and shared posts on Facebook downplaying the pandemic and mocking vaccination.

  • Published
    July 31, 2021

    Bob Neal: The Countryman: A new normal in the workplace

    We're still in the early stages of this new normal in the workplace. It's not just whether white-collar folks go back to the office — I'm betting most will — but the opportunities to choose one's work, the nature of the work itself, the pay for work, the relationships between boss and employee. All appear to be changing.

  • Published
    July 31, 2021

    Leonard Pitts Jr.: We can’t endanger lives of many to humor misconceptions of few

    Some of us are vexed with the CDC over its shifting guidelines, but you won’t get an amen from this corner. Scientists have to follow science, and if this is where the science leads, so be it. No, if you’re looking to apportion blame, blame the Delta variant. And blame, too, those people who refused to wear masks or be vaccinated, and the public officials who seconded them. Blame the ones who said these were matters of “personal choice.” As if personal choice supersedes public interest.

  • Published
    July 30, 2021

    Froma Harrop: Any idea how sexist short shorts are?

    Next time you see a young couple where the girl is in short shorts, note what the boy is wearing. Odds are that his sexual parts are nicely covered. The issue is female dignity and gender equality, and little more.

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