OPINION: U.S. and Iran negotiators are repeating themselves, so why cant I?
I have yet to hear from a U.S. government official why anyone can trust an Iranian regime whose dictatorship kills its own people, conducts secret trials, and openly and proudly states its god wishes everyone who disagrees with its version of Islam eliminated from the planet.
OPINION: Europe had a dream of neighborliness that has turned to a nightmare of debt
Establishing a common currency was meant to facilitate the cross-border flow of goods, services, people and capital, and thus bond disparate countries through the mutual benefits of trade. But, unfortunately, such numismatic gymnastics made little sense given Europe’s fractured cultural and regulatory landscape.
OPINION: The most significant strategy shift was gays embracing the conventional, bourgeois practice of marriage
Many gay rights advocates essentially made conservative arguments — concerning the individual and social benefits of faithfulness — to secure their legal goal. It is a form of gay rights that Middle America — already inclined to live and let live — could readily embrace.
OPINION: President Obama rolls off series of late-term political victories
Republicans need to find a way to stop the momentum if they don’t want a Democrat to roll into the White House in the 2016 elections, but they haven’t come up with a strategy.
OPINION: Many embarrassingly wrong predictions have been made about global warming
Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it. Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Which is it?
OPINION: About half of Greek bank loans are now nonperforming
It’s hard to watch the ongoing, can-kicking Greek debt tragedy and not know deep down how it will end: Despite optimistic denials by our obstinate protagonists, a default of some kind is inevitable. The question is when and how orderly it will be.
OPINION: If climate change is a global threat, addressing it is both a moral and public requirement
There is no getting around the fact that Francis regards potentially catastrophic, human-caused global warming as a fact. In American politics, the pope’s encyclical has not made legislative action on climate change inevitable; but it has made the issue unavoidable. The politician’s shrug, “I’m no scientist,” is no longer acceptable
OPINION: The reactions to the flag and weapon accused killer Dylann Roof held have been different
There has been little talk of gun control in the wake of the South Carolina church murders, but there has been a great deal of action against the Confederate battle flag.
OPINION: HR departments have started new mind games
In hopes of reducing worker turnover and increasing productivity, Human Resources (HR) departments are rushing to embrace a new generation of personality tests.
OPINION: Grandsons show Rob Neely, when it was all said and done, got it right
At Rob Neely’s service, his five grandsons reminisced about what made their grandfather special to them. They didn’t mention plaques or awards or pictures with important people or political influence or high profiles or any of the kinds of things that have tended to be my definition of success.
OPINION: Either the State Department or Hillary Clinton was untruthful about her emails
The question has become whether the State Department or now presidential candidate Hillary CLinton withheld information from Congress regarding her emails while she was serving as secretary of state.
OPINION: President Obama agrees the job can be like middle management
In a podcast interview, President Obama says the “trajectory of progress” comes in fits and starts, and in much smaller degrees than proponents of change want.
OPINION: Many of us now feel awed and honored to share the same faith as these remarkable Christians
When many relatives of those cruelly murdered in Charleston — by a man who talked and prayed with his victims for an hour before systematically gunning them down — publicly offered their forgiveness, it was stunning and admirable in many ways.
OPINION: We need to know what the choices are on our relationship with the environment
Pleading with humanity to examine what it is or may just be on the verge of doing to itself is not a new position for a pontiff. Nor is being criticized, rebuffed and dismissed for doing so.
OPINION: Lee Siegel, in a New York Times op-ed piece, rationalizes why he defaulted on his student loans
Lee Siegel’s premise that he had to choose between being a writer and other vocations to pay off his loans is faulty. Writers, including greats like Faulkner, have almost always worked jobs they didn’t want, to pay the bills.
Letters to the Editor
- WALT SPECHT: A gun is a tool for equalizing a threat
- WARREN D. GRANT: Gun control is not the answer
- JOHN CANNADY: Democratic national candidates lie for political gain
- DUANE 'BANJO' DAVIS: Confederate flag is not the cause of unrest in the nation
- BILL BATES: Don't sink Deal-Closing Fund into downtown purchases
- JOHN CANNADY: Christian values withstand test of time
- JOHN BRYANT: Gun ownership not an infection
- WALT SPECHT: The truth about social engineers
- B.J. FLETCHER: Albany needs catalyst for change
- SHARLENE CANNON: Time to move forward in downtown Albany
- JOHN WALLACE: I know it's only rock 'n' roll, but ...
- CAL THOMAS: Repeating myself on Iran nukes
- CREEDE HINSHAW: Finding religious identity
- T. GAMBLE: Baking up some controversy
- CATHERINE RAMPELL: Euros of mass destruction
- CARLTON FLETCHER: On the 4th, a Declaration of Dependence
- MICHAEL GERSON: Religious and gay rights must coexist
- MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Ted 2' a collection of hit-and-miss jokes
- RONDA RICH: Learning more than how to crochet
- EDDIE SEAGLE: Patriotic gardening pleasures for the Fourth
- Thumbs Up: June 29, 2015
- Thumbs Up! June 22, 2015
- EDITORIAL: Outrage, sadness over murders of churchgoers
- Thumbs Up! June 15, 2015
- Thumbs Up! June 8, 2015
- EDITORIAL: A day to be remembered
- Thumbs Up! June 1, 2015
- EDITORIAL: Albany city manager selection was transparent process
- EDITORIAL: A debt America can never repay
- Thumbs Up! May 18, 2015