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East German prison metaphor for country

BERLIN — More than 16 years after the Wall fell, West Berlin and East Berlin have melded together enough that a visitor wandering around the city often can’t tell which was which. But at a dingy gray building surrounded by...

 

Different lessons often learned from history

BERLIN — My apartment here, located in a leafy neighborhood on the outskirts of town, overlooks Wannsee, an idyllic lake that has been frozen over for much of the winter. From my balcony, on a typical day, you can see the ice dot...

 

Declining population not apocalyptic

BERLIN — Will the last person in Europe please turn out the lights? That’s the question being asked from Moscow to Madrid, where people are having fewer babies than ever before. The continent is anticipating something hard to...

 

Kansas law counter to First Amendment

It’s hard to describe the views of Rev. Fred Phelps without feeling soiled by the association, but I’ll do it anyway. He attests that God is disgusted with America’s tolerance of homosexuality. In his view, the Almighty is... Full story

 

Bush’s agenda reckless pursuit of power

President Bush is a bundle of paradoxes. He thinks the scope of the federal government should be limited but the powers of the president should not. He wants judges to interpret the Constitution as the framers did, but doesn’t...

 

With Proxmire passes legendary frugality

During his long career in politics, Richard Nixon said a lot of things that were not strictly true. But the biggest misstatement of all may have come in 1958, when he went to Wisconsin to campaign against Democratic Sen. William...

 

Economy in debt to Volcker, Greenspan

When the history of the Federal Reserve is written, one of its most important chapters will cover the period from 1979 to 2006, when the Fed was under the stewardship of Paul Volcker and then Alan Greenspan. That chapter will have...

 

New law adds crime victim protection

When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. "When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do...

 

Senate no longer strong political watchdog

With Alan Greenspan due to step down in January as chairman of the Federal Reserve, there is a lot of speculation about who will replace him. Big-name candidates abound, but I’m betting on the accountant who does President Bush... Full story

 

President wants more hold on military

During the Civil War, President Lincoln, exasperated at Gen. George McClellan’s chronic reluctance to attack the enemy, said if the general wasn’t going to use the Army, he would like to borrow it. In the wake of Hurricane Katr...

 

Sooner or later, we pay for government

For those Americans who hate sending money to the Internal Revenue Service, here’s the good news: President Bush says he is not going to raise taxes to pay for the costs of Hurricane Katrina. And here’s the bad news: He’s...

 

Rebuilding New Orleans waste of money

Of all the ideas I’ve heard about what to do with New Orleans, the best one came from former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who said we should “put somebody like former President Jimmy Carter in charge of rebuilding New Orleans....

 

Pulling out of Iraq war not hard choice

“I think about Iraq every day — every single day.” No, those were not the words of peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who is camped out by the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, hoping for a meeting with the president so she can ask...

 

Blair’s plan sacrifices too much freedom

No one really wants to fault Tony Blair as he strives to address the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. After one round of deadly bombings and a second round of attempted ones just two weeks apart, everyone knows that his... Full story

 

Meth latest ‘most dangerous’ drug

“America’s Most Dangerous Drug,” blares the cover story in Newsweek. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might wonder what drug the magazine has in mind. Tobacco, which kills more than 400,000 people each year?...

 

Shuttle program needs modernization

NASA’s deliberations about when to resume flights by the space shuttle bring to mind the New Yorker cartoon of an executive on the phone, looking at his calendar and saying, “How about never? Does never work for you?” After... Full story

 

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which... Full story

 

Embryo use destruction of human life

The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous...

 

Bush should act on abortion stance

George W. Bush has succeeded through his reputation as a straight talker who doesn’t shrink from a fight, regardless of the political consequences. When he chooses a successor for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor,... Full story

 

Time right to turn in sources

The editor in chief of Time Inc. made news the other day by offering to do what most of us take for granted: Obey the law. It’s about time. Reporter Matthew Cooper has declined to testify in the federal probe of the outing of und...

 

Stem cell advocates base argument on myth

By now, we all know the crucial question about embryonic stem cell research. Advocates have put it plainly: Should we let unused frozen embryos residing in fertility clinics be dumped down the drain — or should we use them to...

 

Using humans for spare parts inhumane

The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous...

 

Sports have no comparison to war

The other day, I was walking past the TV just as someone lamented, in a weary voice, “It was a war out there.” But this was not an American Marine in Baghdad. It was not a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan. It was not a...

 

Feminists overreacting to new guideline

Title IX, the 1972 federal law mandating equal opportunity for females in high school and college sports, has helped spur huge changes. But its supporters have trouble believing their eyes. Despite the enormous gains for female... Full story

 

Right to choose extends to both sides

Abortion-rights advocates cherish the right of choice. But not all choices are created equal. People who uphold a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions want to deny others the right not to take part in those...

 

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