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Fitness is critical to US military readiness

The importance of regular exercise as a health tool cannot be underestimated — whether you aspire to join the military or not. Exercise produces numerous physical and mental health benefits and as we learn more about COVID-19, it becomes even more important.

Unlike FDR, Biden should put recovery before reform

When Joe Biden assumes the presidency in January, which is overwhelmingly likely as I write this, he will face an important decision: Should priority be given to reform or recovery? In my view, recovery should take precedence.


OPINION

Voters often imagine fraud, but political leaders don’t

Decades of research demonstrate that elite messaging sets the tenor of political discourse — that people follow the cues of their leaders.


Military kids seek understanding, a level playing field

From the time I toddled around in droopy diapers, to the day I drove off to college in my VW Bug, I lived in one small Pennsylvania town. The kids who picked their noses next to me in Mrs. Rowley’s kindergarten class were the same kids who walked across the stage with me at our high school graduation. I had one hometown, one high school, one brick house, one yellow bedroom, and one best friend whom I gabbed with nightly on one rotary telephone while draped across one mock-brass twin bed.


OPINION

Peace in the Caucasus favors the peacemakers

Russia is reactive. Having failed to prevent a war in its sphere of influence, it was nevertheless able to take the lead and pull out a win of sorts.

OPINION

Trump can’t handle losing. So he won’t concede.

The antidote to not feeling good enough is being good enough. It’s not about standing down and standing by. It’s about standing up and stepping forward. Trump won’t learn, or move on, but we can.


OPINION

Vote breakdown could bolster Biden’s centrist instincts

As in the Democratic primaries, there is a strong case he would not have won if he had moved further left.


OPINION

The votes are in: Puerto Rico’s vets deserve equality

Puerto Ricans have fought and died overseas to defend our freedoms, only to have their rights denied at home.

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VA Secretary Wilkie: Veterans Day is about much more than shopping

One way to thank veterans is to learn more about the 41 million men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States since we first fought for our freedom in 1775.


OPINION

How vote-counting became the states’ job

Under Article II, the states are plainly in charge. A central goal was to ensure the integrity of the election process, which would be badly endangered if a sitting president, or his allies in Congress, could engage in self-dealing.


OPINION

When every day is bring-your-child-to-work day

Many parents trying to work from home may be interacting less with their children, not more.


OPINION

US goals don’t require having troops in Afghanistan

Whether Afghans have the ability to make peace with themselves is immaterial to whether the U.S. can protect its people from anti-U.S. terrorist groups.

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  • OPINION

    Uber’s victory doesn’t fix gig economy problem

    By reaching a compromise on worker benefits, it can build goodwill necessary with prospective employees and business partners to successfully undergo its business transformation.


  • OPINION

    Japan’s new Olympic experiment is a risky mistake

    Just how high a price are the citizens of Japan willing to pay for the privilege of hosting the Olympics?


  • Today's youth can’t afford luxury of ignorance

    When I was in college, my main concerns were keeping my checking balance over $50, taming my unruly bangs, learning how to survive on ramen and finding a date. Unencumbered by the realities of responsible adulthood — mortgages, taxes, cholesterol, corporate ladders, insurance, in-laws — I was free to explore my own personal interests, preferences and philosophies on my own timeline.


  • OPINION

    Courts not likely to stop the counting of votes

    Neither the court nor the country would benefit from the justices once again intervening to determine the presidency — no matter how loudly Trump demands it.


  • OPINION

    Vaccine politics will soon replace election politics

    Heading into Tuesday’s U.S. general election, speculation was rife as to whether a Joe Biden victory might herald a big leftward shift, or what kind of chaos a second term for President Donald Trump would bring. The immediate task for either president, however, is likely to be more mundane and less ideological — and guaranteed to displease most Americans.


  • OPINION

    Some Biden voters may prefer a Republican Senate

    “Burning down” the party in the hope that something better will rise from its ashes is doubly mistaken. It ignores the collateral damage: A lot of left-wing policies would get enacted in the process of this rebuilding. And any viable center-right party is going to be made up mostly of people — voters, staffers, politicians — who made their peace with Trump.


  • OPINION

    The pandemic made me a farmer again

    This is always the risk: A harvest is gained only after months of work, and yet the outcome isn’t within your control. You require nature’s smile.


  • OPINION

    The danger in Twitter, Facebook defining the truth

    Yes, the public square is awash in misinformation. It has been ever thus. I’m of the generation trained to believe that the cure for bad information is good information. If people are sometimes persuaded by the false, that’s a risk attendant upon the proper practice of democracy.


  • Boo bags, and other American excesses

    Last year at this time, I was most likely grumbling under my breath about America’s culture of excess. I’ll admit it — I’m one of those annoying people who waxes poetic about simpler times. I often stress about society’s insatiable desire for more, More, MORE.


  • OPINION

    Germany ready to offer US a new deal

    The climate is changing, and prosperity, democracy and peace are all at risk. Who else will stand up for Western values if the U.S., Germany and their friends won’t?


  • OPINION

    With all the chaos, the shape of the US presidential race is unchanged

    It’s often said that a campaign reflects the values and leadership style of the candidate. Nothing could be more true this year, which is why I’m skeptical that the final week of the campaign will change the likely outcome.


  • COVID can’t ruin this sweet tradition

    Dressed as a friendly witch so as to not scare the tiny princesses and superheroes, I sat on the front porch of our base house with a bowl of candy in my lap, waiting. Peering down at the mix of seasonal sweets I’d bought at the commissary, I felt guilty having included candies that kids avoid just because I wanted the leftovers. The saliva pistons under my tongue fired, imagining the Almond Joys that would be left for me later that night.


  • OPINION

    Supreme Court doesn’t need to be reformed

    The proposals all have serious flaws. Either their constitutionality is doubtful or they would undercut the tremendously valuable role that the court plays in protecting liberty and equality.


  • OPINION

    It isn’t Fauci’s fault, but he’s part of the problem

    There’s an inbuilt tension between our form of government and expertise, one that has been inflamed not only by Trump but by our society’s confusion about science.


  • OPINION

    Troops have key allies when natural disasters strike

    Each natural disaster is a tragedy for those who experience it, and many lives are never the same after the fact. Therefore, we strongly encourage all of America’s service members to take caution and prepare now, especially in these unprecedented times.


  • Tapping a canoeing memory for strength

    Every once in a while, I think back to a day during my teens, when I went canoeing by myself. This wasn’t an extraordinary accomplishment. It didn’t earn me a spot on an Olympic team. I didn’t receive any bravery commendations or citizenship awards. Nonetheless, the somewhat faded memory of this simple personal feat has helped me over the years.


  • Opinion

    Big Tech slaps The New York Post to shield Joe Biden

    Censorship is censorship, and as Twitter and Facebook swoop in to protect Biden from what they think is a misinformation campaign, will they continue to allow the spreading of anti-Trump stories based on questionable anonymous sources journalists have relied on for the past four years?


  • OPINION

    A hardheaded case for more COVID stimulus

    Fiscal policy during a pandemic is fundamentally different from during a typical financial crisis, and that should shape the federal government’s response. Short-term aid would be better before rather than after the U.S. election, but it needs to be targeted in the right way.


  • OPINION

    Trump or Biden, the US and Europe will split

    A Europe equidistant between East and West is of little interest to the U.S., and that in turn leaves the EU neither sovereign nor safe.


  • OPINION

    Missing in action: The commander in chief

    A president who does not lead by example, who doesn’t create a positive command climate, who sows distrust, who mocks fellow Americans and who dismisses science in the face of a suffering nation is indeed “missing in action.”


  • Military life lessons from the last of the litter

    The cranberry farmer reached a callused hand into the crate and grabbed the loose scruff of one pup’s neck. Holding the limp six-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, the farmer growled, “You can take this one if you want. The rest are spoken for.”


  • OPINION

    Plot against Whitmer won't be the last white supremacist threat

    This is a movement expressly dedicated to the violent overthrow of the United States and the destruction of democracy and its institutions. We have to stand against it.


  • OPINION

    Credit Moon’s efforts for N. Korea’s contrition

    Moon pursues a steady, responsible course. His numerous critics have yet to propose a persuasive alternative approach.


  • OPINION

    Depression is a battle I’m not willing to lose

    I know this year has been tough and looks like there’s no end, but there are steps to help you find that light.


  • OPINION

    Pence-Harris debate likely swayed few ‘undecideds’

    It was a debate full of head-shaking, lip-pursing and eyebrow-raising for dramatic effect.


  • OPINION

    What if illness leaves Trump ‘unable’ to govern?

    For anyone who gets COVID-19, including the president, there is a good chance that the disease will not prove incapacitating. If so, we will have no need to worry about the 25th Amendment. But it’s essential to understand what it makes clear, and what it leaves open.


  • OPINION

    Iraq’s ‘October Revolution’ may open door to reform

    Al-Kadhimi will need to persuade the protesters to give him more time to clean up the Iraqi government: The corruption is connected to the system of sectarian patronage; uprooting it will require the implementation of political reforms.


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    Afghanistan must decentralize its government

    Afghanistan has experimented with many political systems, and the country has become a graveyard for every one of them.


  • PopSockets, passwords and a perplexed parent

    “You empty a bag of Utz’s Dark Russet potato chips onto a cookie sheet ...” I began, explaining an easy appetizer recipe I’d learned from a friend. “Then you sprinkle crumbled Gorgonzola cheese over ...” “Rusty potato chips?” my mother asked, turning her good ear toward me.


  • OPINION

    DOD rules take religious freedom to extremes

    The most deleterious changes in undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness Matthew P. Donovan’s new regulation are the definitions of what a “religious practice” is and what a “substantial burden” is.


  • OPINION

    There’s room for surprises from Barrett

    Here is a paradox. It is pretty easy to predict the voting patterns of new Supreme Court justices. But it can be exceedingly difficult to predict the votes of justices in specific cases, which means that it can be difficult as well to predict how those cases are going to be decided.


  • OPINION

    A ‘color revolution’? Democrats are not planning one

    For the president’s biggest fans, the real danger is that Democrats are planning to overturn a legitimate Trump victory.


  • OPINION

    Religious freedom bolstered for all troops

    The revised DOD Instruction is a major paradigm shift that offers new hope for religious liberty in the military.


  • OPINION

    Privatizing the VA doesn’t improve patient care

    If Wilkie and the Trump administration continue to put profits and privatization ahead of improving the country’s largest public health care system, employees and the veterans they care for will continue to bear the cost.


  • OPINION

    Peace negotiations a good sign for Afghanistan, US

    Despite policy disagreements and insurgent attacks, institutional ties between Afghanistan and the U.S. are strong.


  • Champagne dreams, Dirty Banana realities

    I’ve always wanted to say, teeth clenched with haughty intonation, “We were on the Vineyard yesterday,” as if it were our regular routine now that we live in New England. So, last weekend, the unofficial end of summer, my husband, Francis, and I took a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, the preppy vacation spot for the rich and famous.


  • OPINION

    Vets deserve proper info from DOD to avoid GI Bill debt

    These debts are owed by veterans who transferred their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a dependent, usually a spouse or child, and agreed to stay in the armed forces for four additional years. Yet DOD allowed them to separate before completing their four years without warning them of the financial consequences.


  • Take time today to tell your 9/11 story

    Some tell of being in the Twin Towers, or the Pentagon, 19 years ago. Others tell of loved ones who died. Some took part in rescues and cleanup. Many, who were deployed to foreign lands to fight terrorists, were injured or killed. But most of us were not on the scene. Instead, we watched from afar. Regardless, it is important for us to recollect what we thought and felt.


  • OPINION

    GOP attempts to limit vote-by-mail put vets at risk

    These are heroes who went to war to protect our constitutional rights, including our right to vote. Yet by refusing to expand vote-by-mail access, Trump is forcing them to wager their lives to participate in the very democracy they already risked everything to defend.


  • Military folks not immune to Mondays

    “Oh for criminy’s sake!” I spat when I realized the commissary was closed. After decades of military life, you’d think I’d remember that on Mondays, commissaries traditionally close for restocking. But there I was, once again, in the empty parking lot, my grocery list in hand.


  • Sound Off: What military spouses say about COVID-19

    Recently, I decided to change my “lurker” status, and post something in a popular military spouse Facebook group to which I belong. In my first post to the group, I asked how military families had been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.


  • OPINION

    US must invest to close security gaps in Arctic

    Rather than getting pulled into a reactionary race, we can use this moment to act strategically, on our own terms. We must identify our security gaps in the Arctic and invest in the foundational capabilities that will enable us to close our deficiencies in Arctic communications, domain awareness, enabling infrastructure, and general presence.


  • OPINION

    Recent clashes show why US forces should exit Syria

    Syria’s systemic issues can’t be resolved by the U.S. military — nor should Washington make the grave error of thinking Syria’s fractious politics is a U.S. problem.


  • OPINION

    Amid COVID, connect with military families in need

    While the federal government is working to respond, some of the challenges our military and veteran families are facing require more than a budgetary fix. We require a cultural shift in which civilians better understand and support these families — support that, in turn, also buttresses our nation’s national security.

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