Editorial Cartoons of the Week

China fills leadership void as pandemic plays out

So far, Like any other global cataclysm, the pandemic appears likely to change the balance of power — depending partly on which countries recover quickly. China appears to have increased its influence; how much isn’t clear. It has made the United States look ineffective; how durably isn’t clear.

Our children are watching us closely as we cope with the coronavirus pandemic

There are indications that COVID-19 has a minimal impact on children and adolescents, but young people are certainly not immune from the nation’s sudden plunge toward uncertainty, grief and financial instability.

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty, fear

By the time you read this, what I’ve written will be a mere time capsule — a frozen moment in our ever-changing sociological and physiological status. Columns are supposed to be timely, but with a new chronicle being made in hourly increments since the coronavirus outbreak, this week’s musing is bound to be old news. So, consider this a history lesson. A look back at “the olden days” of last week, when life was entirely different than it is today.


Pandemic tests cybersecurity capabilities

Perhaps this crisis and the lessons learned will put us on the path to a grand solution to the nation’s cybersecurity challenges.


Klobuchar is the best fit to be Biden’s running mate

She’s smart, experienced, articulate, upbeat and her moderate ideology would be acceptable in battleground states. She’s in sync with Biden politically.


All-encompassing crises demand creative leadership

In facing this public threat, as in the past, mature, insightful leadership is crucial.


How the COVID-19 recession is like WWII

One piece of good news is that America is likely to see a boom once the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 is gone, and this will resemble the boom that followed World War II.


Trump again reticent to defer to experts

Over the past 24 hours or so, President Donald Trump has signaled a desire to reopen the American economy despite the accelerating spread of coronavirus.


Coronavirus is not a reason to lift Iran sanctions

The problem is that even in Iran’s moment of need, its regime remains aggressive and defiant.


For doctors’ sake, please stay home

Those of us who treat children rarely wear white coats, so as not to scare them. Now we’re attending to children in our hazmat suits. They’re terrified. So are we.


Taking stock of strange days in America

In the United States of America last week, the events themselves came fast and loud and fierce, unfolding as invisible organisms marched their invisible and perilous march. But change came gradually and, sometimes, inaudibly.

Spring breaking when you're broke

We recently asked our college senior daughter, Anna, if she was coming home for spring break. She reluctantly admitted to us that, no, she would not be home at all, because she is going on a trip with her sorority sisters to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Since Anna’s bank statements are still mailed to the house, I knew that Anna was flat broke. She didn’t have enough money to buy a bus ticket to Schenectady, much less an all-inclusive trip to a resort in Mexico. However, I had once been a broke college student, too — I had an inkling of how Anna was financing her spring break trip.

The naked truth about springtime

What’s the true sign that spring has sprung? No, it’s not the crocuses, the bunnies or the pussy willows. I know spring is here, because I just shaved my knees.

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    Why giving every American $1,200 is a bad idea

    The better strategy is to get money into the hands of cash-strapped businesses that promise to use it to keep workers on their payrolls — or, if that fails, to get it into the hands of laid off workers who will likely spend it on essentials.


    To limit panic, leaders must offer better information

    Certainty is the scourge of panic. Amid the calls for flattening the curve and washing our hands, we must demand reliable information.


    Swap virus aid for US prisoners in Iran?

    Unless the virus is quashed everywhere, it can resurge anywhere. That means the U.S. government has to be concerned about the skyrocketing epidemic in Iran.


    Virus has thrown us into mud, but the end is in sight

    While we should not be cavalier about the dangers of this pandemic, neither should we feel hopeless and paralyzed with fear. Hope abounds.


    To preserve progress combating coronavirus in S. Korea, defeat complacency

    The enemy is still at our gate, waiting for the moment when we surrender to our frustrations and anxieties.


    US should buy these vaccines before they exist

    The federal government could follow a similar “Netflix financing” model to pay a single price to vaccinate the population against the coronavirus.


    ‘We overreacted,’ people will say. Don’t listen.

    We can shift the narrative and see the potential mitigation of caseloads as a unifying success rather than a nefarious miscalculation.


    Don’t let the Pentagon silence Stars and Stripes

    As you may have heard, the Defense Department wants to shut down Stars and Stripes. What graver threat to Stripes’ mission could there be?

  • Let’s hope Trump has learned from COVID-19

    The real estate mogul who pledged to make the federal government work more like a business hasn’t kept that promise or even really tried.


    Coronavirus threatens grandparents’ child care role

    Without a decent, affordable child care system, flexible work hours and paid sick leave, the over-65 population is propping up families all over the United States by performing essential child care for free.


    How to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed

    The federal government’s projections show that, in a moderate disease outbreak, 200,000 people will need intensive care. Today, there are fewer than 100,000 ICU beds in the United States, and most of them are already occupied.


    Does US need its bases in the Mideast?

    As the Cold War illustrates, large numbers of troops garrisoned at multiple fixed facilities are not needed to secure U.S. interests.


    Coronavirus attacks essence of campaigning

    Combating the virus demands social distancing, but a campaign demands social contact — constantly. The more of it, the better.


    Have that talk about rationing health care

    Academic modeling has long shown that even a moderate viral pandemic can quickly lead to a need for resources — including intensive-care beds and mechanical ventilators — that surpasses our health system’s capacity.


    Voters’ longing for normalcy benefits Biden

    Voters pay attention to a president’s leadership in a crisis — his grasp of the issues, his steadiness, his ability to manage unexpected circumstances. So far, Trump is failing those tests.


    Coronavirus presents a compassion paradox

    The complicated agenda we face is that, in this time of a pandemic, just as we are supposed to distance ourselves, we must also band together.


    The US economy is now in uncharted waters

    How bad COVID-19 will be for the U.S. economy is almost impossible to say, since there are few precedents to look to. By considering two extreme scenarios, however, it is possible to get a sense of what the issues are.


    Honesty amid virus uncertainty is appreciated

    The coronavirus is a force of nature and our response to it is a reminder of our common humanity.


    Lost interaction: A coronavirus side effect that stings

    I like to think of myself as part of a larger community, and the thought of being forcibly cut off from it is disquieting. We are social animals, as the scientists keep reminding us, and I don’t think we’re meant to be quarantined.


    Biden bolstered by foreign policy views

    For Sanders to come back, he’ll need to hope that voters either do not care about foreign policy or that his more progressive foreign policy platform starts to attract new voters.


    US military given the wrong mission in Afghanistan

    Never again should it be the purpose of American forces to overthrow regimes in distant lands with vague expectations of being able to install a political order more to our liking. That way lies only more “endless wars.”


    Warren changed the landscape, but that wasn’t enough

    Elizabeth Warren may not have succeeded in her race for the Democratic nomination, but she certainly did not fail.


    No, Warren’s loss isn’t about sexism

    If we’re going to ascribe Warren’s failure to win the nomination to sexism, we’d be calling lots of Democratic women in early voting states sexist.

  • If trend continues, is draft inevitable?

    The place where our family lived the longest was Virginia Beach, Va. Our first house, a vinyl-sided Dutch Colonial on a cul-de-sac, was close enough to the elementary school to hear the morning announcements from our porch. Despite deployments that took my husband away, we spent nine wholesome, grounding, family-oriented years there, growing roots, making friends and providing stability for our kids.

  • Military spouses able to beat the odds

    Two months into 2020, statistics dictate that most people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, only about 6 or 7 percent who make resolutions attain their goals. I’ve always been a resolution-maker and a yo-yo dieter, so I am forever making plans to lose 10 pounds, then breaking them. But one year, I made a resolution that would take me a decade to achieve.


    Withdrawal isn’t the same as peace in Afghanistan

    Although ending American participation in an unwinnable war is necessary, there will be a strong temptation, if not need, to return unless there is real peace.


    Iran can’t be trusted to deal with coronavirus

    Iran’s willful mismanagement of the crisis can no longer be overlooked. The international community must pressure the regime to get serious.


    To fix the primaries, bring back peer review

    The current nomination system makes both parties vulnerable to the easy lies of popular characters who are not equipped for the presidency, or who pose a threat to democracy by virtue of their authoritarian temperaments.


    Don’t blame capitalism for shrinking airline legroom

    Although no one likes having to choose between paying an upgrade fee and being shoe-horned into a tiny seat, it’s unlikely that nationalization would improve matters.


    Trump’s comments on virus weren’t reassuring

    Trump is still making the situation as risky for himself as possible — and risking real policy failure in responding to real danger to public health.


    End threat to Land and Water Conservation Fund

    Over the past five decades the LWCF has funded and protected thousands of public parks, historic battlefields and urban community projects in all 50 states.


    Supreme problems for Iran’s Khamenei

    The crisis brought on by the virus — Iran already accounts for the most fatalities outside China — is a microcosm of the regime failures that have left Iranians with little faith in their leaders.


    Trump, Taliban both want US troops home

    If Trump wants to withdraw troops as part of a comprehensive deal — one that avoids chaos, meets U.S. counterterrorism needs and gives Afghanistan a chance at peace — he’ll need to exercise unwonted self-restraint.

  • Why community is key to warfighting

    We lived on this base four years ago. Now we fall into the category “retiree and family,” but I still drive across the bridge and through the gates every week. Why? After 28 years of active-duty military life, I have learned that spending time on base boosts my morale.


    Men need to join the battle against overwork

    We cannot keep pretending, in the face of mounting evidence, that work-family conflict is only a woman’s problem, or that the only reason more women aren’t working 24-7 is because of their children.


    Hot jobs market will ease the student loan crisis

    Going forward, there’s reason to believe that growing numbers of Americans will be able to launch their careers without feeling like student loan debt is a necessity.


    Liberals love electric vehicles, but combustion engines still rule

    We need to acknowledge that large-scale, public financing of EVs may not have the intended effect.


    Presidential pardons have been a bad idea since 1787

    The president of the United States isn’t a king, and he isn’t above the law — or so constitutional law professors like me keep reminding everybody. But the painful truth is that there is one exception to this truth: the pardon power.


    Army should weigh in on Vindman’s conduct

    To fail to properly identify and characterize Vindman’s choices will leave our soldiers wondering what their moral and legal obligations are. Ambivalence about ethical choices in peacetime can be manifested by choices in wartime that cost lives.


    John Adams would have defended Gitmo detainees

    We cannot turn away from the fundamentals of our justice system — especially when we’re confronting its most difficult and trying cases.


    What exactly is in the details of the Taliban truce?

    If the provisions of the agreement that require the Taliban to break with terrorism are not public, then how much are they really worth?

  • A day set aside for torture, tenderness

    As much as I’d like to blame Hallmark, FTD, Whitman’s Sampler, Russell Stover, Brachs and The Melting Pot for inventing Valentine’s Day to benefit the blood-sucking consumer industry, unfortunately I can’t.


    Impeachment misused, then shunned, then revived

    The first presidential impeachment and trial in 1868 involved President Andrew Johnson. For a century thereafter, the experience was considered so terrible, so fraught with danger, and so discredited that there was no desire for repetition.


    Revisit Military Lending Act, provide access to credit

    By denying easy access credit to military families, the Military Lending Act forces military families to use more damaging and permanently scarring options of not paying bills on time, bouncing checks, or even going to foreign online lenders who don’t follow laws, and with whom military families have no protection.


    New USAF policy rightly boosts religious freedom

    The new Air Force policy will not cure the hostility against religion that continues to plague our nation and our military. But it is a positive step in the right direction.


    ‘Get a lawyer’ unfair to defrauded troops, vets

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forward a new rule that places unreasonable burdens on defrauded student borrowers.


    Trump just pretending to tackle deficit

    “Promises made, promises kept” has been one of President Donald Trump’s frequent boasts in his campaign for a second term. He promised to balance the federal budget in eight years, a longstanding Republican aim that those economic growth rates could make possible.


    The inspiring military family reunions actually hurt troops

    Soldiers and families — and all of us — need to know that deployment-related challenges might creep up in the months after returning home.


    Buttigieg’s Goldilocks strategy just might work

    Buttigieg effectively tied with Sanders in the chaotic Iowa caucuses last week. But he ran well ahead among voters who call themselves “somewhat liberal,” the party’s largest ideological category.


    Congress, make election meddling illegal

    Whether one views the president’s actions as justifying removal from office or not, we believe that the prospect of foreign interference in U.S. elections is today so grave — whether initiated by a foreign power or invited by a candidate — that Congress must make such activity illegal.


    Putin discovers the pain of being Erdogan’s pal

    The Russians are discovering, as Americans and Europeans have before, that with Turkey’s current president, matters are always coming to a head, accompanied with threats to end alliances.

  • I ain’t no Florence Nightingale

    When I took my husband to the hospital for hip-replacement surgery recently, I envisioned myself playing the part of Florence Nightingale during his post-operative convalescence at home: propping his pillows, retrieving fresh ice packs, delivering steaming bowls of soup and neatly quartered sandwiches, topping off his water with candy-striped bendy straws.


    Trump riding high, but it’s a long way to Election Day

    As the late Dallas-Washington lawyer-lobbyist-political guru Bob Strauss always said, in politics things are never as good or bad as they seem.


    No, Trump hasn’t learned a lesson on misusing taxpayer funds

    Was the president chastened by the bipartisan outcry in the wake of his misuse of military funding for his own political purposes? No, he has continued his efforts to poach defense funding to build the wall.


    Moon’s peninsula guidance unparalleled

    Moon’s sustained efforts require discipline and courage, qualities demonstrated throughout his long career.

  • Dust in the wind, on my coffee table

    Dust bunnies are the bane of my existence. That might sound dramatic, but let’s just say that I pretty much hate dusting. Then again, Mom told me to never use the word “hate,” so let me rephrase: Dusting is an activity of which I am not particularly fond. (And I get bonus points for not ending with a preposition.)

  • Has technology made deployment any better for military spouses?

    For military spouses enduring deployments in this complicated world of internet-based communications and 24/7 news, is ignorance bliss, or is knowledge power?

  • Attention-seeking, #MeToo and ‘The Bachelor’

    On Monday nights, my 19-year-old daughter, Lilly, and I commandeer the television to watch a show that admittedly has no cultural value. Though billed as a reality show, it’s not based on reality at all. It’s a carefully contrived dating competition in which 30 women compete for the affections of one man in the midst of sprawling hilltop villas, sequined gowns, helicopter dates, tropical resorts, champagne-fueled cocktail parties, rose ceremonies and ginormous diamond engagement rings. That show is, of course, “The Bachelor.”


    Securing Syrian oil is still a terrible idea

    U.S. policy in Syria represents a counterproductive “regime change-lite” approach.


    Address mental health with GIs at deployment

    By embedding counselors in-uniform with military units to interact with, relate to, and meet the warrior on their own terms, we can get our soldiers talking.


    We shouldn’t further risk GIs in Iraq, Syria

    Our security in America is not contingent on having a handful of troops deployed in Iraq and Syria. And with tensions in the region boiling over, our forces in Iraq and Syria are in a vulnerable position.

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