Press of Atlantic City: Commentary


Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015
Cass Sunstein / Colleges right to ban some insensitive words, but ...

In recent months, universities have turned their attention to an important problem that should be included in our national effort to examine and root out bigotry. They have identified, and attempted to reduce, "microaggressions" - words or behavior that might stigmatize or humiliate women or members of minority groups, with particular emphasis on African-Americans, disabled people and gays and lesbians. The effort has admirable goals, but there is a risk that schools will overshoot the mark.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015
John M. Crisp / Remove the battle flag, but then what?

Let's start at a place where consensus is easy: No one that I know of is arguing that anyone should be prohibited from displaying the South's most familiar icon - the Confederate battle flag - on his person or his private property or even in public locations, such as the bumper of his car or as a tattoo on the skin of his forearm.

Posted: July 01, 2015
Gina Barreca / Picking a woman who's right on the money

America's been discussing women's influence on our nation's history, destiny and character. And we managed to talk about women's contributions for almost, oh, an entire quarter of an hour until the conversation veered back to men.

Posted: July 01, 2015
Jeffrey M. Shanker / Uber and others need to follow rules for limos

When seeking a ride from a for-hire driver, all New Jersey residents should be able to rely on a few basic principles that ensure their safety as they are driven from pick up to their destination.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015
Cass Sunstein / Same-sex marriage decision shows Supreme Court at its best

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday's same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: "Just who do we think we are?" That question deserves an answer.

Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015
George F. Will / The damaging doctrine of John Roberts

Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court's complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act - its ratification of the IRS' disregard of the statute's plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.

Sunday 06/28/2015
Posted: June 28, 2015
Noah Feldman / Roberts saves ACA again, from sloppy Congress

Chief Justice John Roberts just saved the Affordable Care Act - again. If you're feeling deja vu, you're not alone. As he did in 2012, Roberts defected from his conservative colleagues and joined the court's liberals in refusing to send Obamacare into a death-spiral. In King v. Burwell, Roberts has now cemented his reputation as a true believer in judicial restraint - perhaps as the only justice who still believes in it. And this time, he was given cover by Justice Anthony Kennedy, making the vote 6-3.

Posted: June 28, 2015
Charles Krauthammer / On lowering the flag

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.

Posted: June 28, 2015
Leonard Pitts Jr. / Charleston killer motivated by racism alone

This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "Fox & Friends," who described last week's act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an "attack on faith."

Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015
Jay Ambrose / Conquering racism with faith, love and hope

Hate, cruelty, evil - they all arose in the Charleston, S.C., slaying of nine African-American worshippers in a Bible study group. But opposing marvels then arose, namely faith, hope and love.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015
Adam Minter / Airlines quietly prepare to make more on baggage

The days of watching a fellow airline passenger hold up a flight as he tries to stuff a suitcase into a packed overhead bin might soon be over. This month, the International Air Transportation Association, an airline trade association representing 83 percent of global air traffic, announced a new guideline that reduces the "optimum" size of a carry-on bag by about 40 percent. If it works as planned, IATA promises that "everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger."

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015
Robin B. Weinstein / Cumberland can reduce homelessness, save money

Our community needs a more effective approach to ending homelessness. Fortunately, today's tools for fighting this problem are better and more cost-effective than ever before. Cumberland County needs to join the other nine counties in New Jersey that have established a County Homeless Trust Fund. It is critical for these funds to be earmarked for the most effective tools in ending homelessness: a Housing First approach.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015
Cindi Ross Scoppe / Let Pinckney's life teach leaders to seek consensus

I can't think of a better way to die than in my church, surrounded by fellow believers, actively engaged in prayer. I have a feeling that South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a man of God whom one colleague recalled referring to as "Reverend Senator," would have felt the same.

Posted: June 24, 2015
Carl Golden / Sweeney dealing with party divided over upstate casinos

Intra-party disputes are common in politics and, while their resolution doesn't always please all those involved, the settlement is usually accepted, everyone puts on a happy face and moves on.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015
Richard Cohen / Fight the Islamic state now or later

If you stare at the Islamic State areas of Iraq and Syria long enough - a bit like Nietzsche's staring into the abyss - it will not exactly stare back at you, but it will start to look a lot like Vietnam. The U.S. can either learn from that experience or get out now. President Obama, as is his custom, looks like he wants to do both.

Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015
George Will / McDonald's, the 'progressive burger company'

In January, McDonald's, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald's sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into McDonald's drive-through lines, where approximately two-thirds of McDonald's customers place their orders.

Sunday 06/21/2015
Posted: June 21, 2015
Charles Krauthammer / A new strategy for Iraq and Syria

It's time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct.

Posted: June 21, 2015
Ann McFeatters / Oblivious, narcissistic Trump crashes GOP primary

Isn't America wonderful? Anyone can run for president. ANYONE.

Updated: June 23, 2015 - 10:48 am
Kris Worrell / Feedback, adjustments and reasons behind Press redesign

We've heard a lot of feedback from you since we updated the look of The Press of Atlantic City last month.

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