Opinion | After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

During the increasingly common ecological disasters that visit this country, there inevitably arises the hope that Americans and their elected politicians will learn from the experience, adopt new policies and provide for a less destructive future. We are now in such a period, with two unfolding climate-fueled disasters occurring at once: Savage wildfires in the West that have consumed more […]

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Opinion | Avoiding Election Night Chaos

To the Editor: Re “What Will You Do if Trump Doesn’t Leave?,” by David Brooks (column, Sept. 4): Mr. Brooks asks important questions, which can be distilled as “Do we still have a functioning constitutional democracy in this country?” If Donald Trump loses but refuses to leave, he can remain only with the connivance of his enablers in the White […]

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Opinion | Can Mitch McConnell Be Stopped?

Two years ago at The Atlantic Festival, Senator Lindsey Graham defended the Republican decision to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process is started, we’ll wait to the next election,” Graham said. Now that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, […]

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Opinion | Can Mitch McConnell Be Stopped?

Two years ago at The Atlantic Festival, Senator Lindsey Graham defended the Republican decision to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process is started, we’ll wait to the next election,” Graham said. Now that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, […]

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Opinion | Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Worrying

To the Editor: Re “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87” (nytimes.com, Sept. 18): My heart goes out to the family of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She will be remembered as a fierce and eloquent guardian of our Constitution and a giant in the law. However, my heart also goes out to the American people, who […]

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Opinion | College Football’s Return: It’s About the Money

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “The Big Ten Failed a Moral Test. Your Move, Pac-12,” by Kurt Streeter (Sports of The Times, Sept. 18): The conference commissioner said the decision by the Big Ten universities to reverse their earlier decision and play football this fall was “to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream […]

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Opinion | Stop Begging Corporations to Behave

Liberals love to blame Milton Friedman for the misbehavior of American corporations. Friedman, a free-market ideologue, published an essay 50 years ago this week in The Times Magazine in which he argued that corporations should not go beyond the letter of the law to combat discrimination or reduce pollution or maintain community institutions. Corporations, he said, have no social responsibilities […]

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Opinion | No, the Democrats Haven’t Gone Over the Edge

You’ve probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington State that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically […]

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Opinion | What Is It With Trump and Face Masks?

Believe it or not — and I know many people will refuse to believe it — right now New York City may be among the best places in America to avoid catching the coronavirus. In New York State as a whole, the number of people dying daily from Covid-19 is only slightly higher than the number killed in traffic accidents. […]

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