An international airline with computer troubles was compelled to cancel hundreds of flights for thousands of passengers, but it apologized.
The sense of helplessness that follows a tragedy is too much for us. So we fill the silence after the sirens with explanations. This is very human — until it becomes inhuman.
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Looking at scenes of the Boston sidewalk a few hours after Monday’s bombing — torn clothing, bloodstains, shards of glass — I found my mind going back to a similar sidewalk in Tel Aviv in September 2003.
RICHARD S. DAVIS
Olympia has produced three budgets in two themes. Call them “education first” and “education-plus.” It’s all education finance this year.
You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can’t put your finger on the reason.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
Soon after the explosions, there appeared on the website of The Boston Globe a video of the moment. Runners in the city’s iconic marathon are jogging across the finish line and everyone is cheering, when there is a clap of thunder and an orange bloom of fire from within a ring of flags honoring the nations represented in the race. It is followed, seconds later, by another blast from just down the street. The cheers become shrieks, falsetto shrills of panic and fear and the videographer carries you forward, to where the smoke is drifting and police, runners and bystanders rip barricades apart trying to reach the epicenter of chaos.
The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.
Since the Eisenhower administration, the United States generally has done food aid in a certain way: grow and pack it in America, ship it across the world on American-flagged ships, then deliver it through American charities, which sell a portion of the food to fund their other programs. Not coincidentally, the system has been popular with American agribusinesses, shipping companies and maritime unions.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley’s new song.
I was sitting in a theater watching the last few minutes of a movie when it dawned on me that, technically, the movie was very long. But I hadn’t even noticed.
Post-World War II Great Britain was the full, fearless application of modern liberalism — what Margaret Thatcher called “those banal and bureaucratic instruments of coercion, confiscatory taxation, nationaliza-tion and oppressive regulation.” The result was dysfunc-tion, decay, drabness and demoralization. Distinguished men of the left had seized their moment of promise, and the promise had lost. “Wherever )Chancellor of the Exchequer) Sir Stafford Cripps has tried to increase wealth and happiness,” said journalist Colm Brogan, “grass never grows again.”
ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
There is something profoundly timid about President Barack Obama’s proposed $3.778 trillion budget for 2014. Stripped of boasts about “investments” for the future and a responsible “balance” between deficit reduction and economic growth, the budget is a status-quo document. It lets existing trends and policies run their course, meaning that Obama would allow higher spending on the elderly to overwhelm most other government programs. This is not “liberal” or “conservative” so much as politically expedient and lazy.
LEONARD PITTS JR.
The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration’s push for tighter gun control might be its own best argument: Newtown.
When employers gain the lion’s share of the value created in the workplace, we commonly call this economic exploitation. Slavery is the extreme example, but exploitation can occur when workers gain something more than zero percent of what is produced.
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