Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Gun lobby should avoid Big Tobacco’s playbook

Thanks to recent shootings, public support for regulating guns is growing stronger. The firearms industry and the National Rifle Association would do well to learn the lessons of comic books, which faced a similar dilemma in the 1950s. It’s a much better model than the makers of cigarettes, which refused to compromise and now find themselves an endangered species.

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Who’s more polarized, politicians or public?

As political debates over the issues heat up, you’ll find no shortage of publications that conclude that the American people are so polarized that they are blindly partisan, and have little respect for each other. Is that the case? Or is our national polarization more about the partisan rancor of politicians in Washington? We look at several polls to test which is the case.

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A spirit to be thankful for

Given the bulk of the news that assails us every day — rancorous, disturbing, threatening, sad — it’s easy to find that feelings of thankfulness are becoming diluted. Even the approach of Thanksgiving, so long associated with family, togetherness, warmth, and lots of food, can become tainted with moments of despair. And then, if we’re lucky, something shows up in the news that gives us reason to be thankful despite the shootings, racist incidents, apparent epidemic of sex abuse, or any of a dozen other downers.

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