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Still think everything is awful? Here are three reasons for hope.

Step away from Twitter. Stop doom-scrolling. Yes, I know, American democracy is under assault. Russian President Vladimir Putin is muttering dark warnings about nuclear weapons in the face of heroic and historic resistance by Ukraine. Dozens of...

 

Getting older means saying goodbye to friends

There are stubborn and unwelcome facts about getting older. The gray hairs that weren't there the day before. The injuries from running or other sports that come easier and are harder to shake off than they were before. And your friends die. This sum...

 
 By John L. Micek    Opinion    June 29, 2020

'I know my path:' after DACA ruling teen's future looks bright

When she woke up last Thursday morning, 17-year-old Arlette Morales pulled on a “Home is Here” t-shirt. She didn’t know how prophetic it was. Hours later, Morales, who was two years old when her parents brought her to the United States from...

 

Election 2020 is an existential fight for the nation's soul

You’ve probably never heard of Erica Newland. And if she had her druthers, it’s a safe bet that she would have preferred it stayed that way. But Newland, a former attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, found herse...

 

Talking to my daughter about war and 'megafires'

 We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She’s 14 now. And it won’t be long before she’s driving herself. I treasure...

 

No, I don't hate conservatives. I disagree with them.

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate conservatives.” A couple of days later, a progressive friend who wanted to warn me about a hateful tweet aimed at...

 

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