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Robert B. Reich: The rise of the non-working rich

By Robert B. Reich In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in...

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John Kass: Illness threatens the best of barbecuers

John-Kass.jpg This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn't fiction.

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Letter to the Editor: Hobby Lobby case is one more step toward change

There's an old saying, "give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves." The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case that allows employers to deny affordable birth control to their employees is but another step, albeit a small one, in tightening the metaphorical noose that will eventually make religious fundamentalism irrelevant in the affairs of Americans.

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Diane Dimond: Lee Boyd Malvo: An enterprise from behind bars

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg Lee Boyd Malvo, inmate No. 330873, incarcerated at the super-maximum Red Onion State Prison in Virginia ,has a business plan to make himself some money. He either doesn't know it is against the law or he doesn't care.

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Froma Harrop: Will the magpies wake Democrats up?

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.

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Letter to the Editor: School superintendent's raise is outrageous

The recent decision by the Shenandoah County School Board to give School Superintendent Jeremy Raley a pay increase is simply outrageous and ludicrous from any standpoint.

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Mark Shields: Nobody asked me, but ...

Shields-c.jpg From time to time, the late New York sports-writing legend Jimmy Cannon used to do a column composed of witty, sentimental short takes he called, "Nobody Asked Me, but." It was Cannon who wrote of the longtime African-American heavyweight-boxing champion: "Joe Louis is a credit to his race ... the human race." Another Cannon one-liner: "I can't say I ever remember staying for the end of a movie in which the actors wore togas."

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Todd Akin fires back

leonard-pitts.jpg So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.

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Letter to the Editor: Hobby Lobby isn't taking away women's rights

Comments on a recent Hobby Lobby letter to the editor are generating quickly, but let's set something straight: Hobby Lobby is not taking rights away from women. Do not fall for such ignorance. The will not pay for killing babies! Period.

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Scott Rasmussen: Digital revolution undermines reliability of economic data

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg The economic data that drives so much political debate is becoming increasingly less reliable in the digital era. That's because new technology makes it hard to compare the 21st-century economy to anything that came before it.

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