As I See It

As I See It by Cynthia Tucker

October 25, 2014

Fear May Win Elections, but Makes Governing Hard

"Keep calm and carry on." -- British government poster, 1939 According to Hollywood, most disasters feature government or institutional figures who try to downplay the scale of catastrophe, at least publicly, in order to prevent mass panic. Rightly or wrongly, these fictional leaders want to shield... continue

October 18, 2014

Despite Polls, GOP Still Quietly Opposes Marriage Equality

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, Georgia, like several other states, was in a lather over same-sex unions; its voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and that prohibition, though it has been challenged in federal court, still stands. It was a bipartisan hysteria.... continue

October 11, 2014

Fear and Anxiety Are Bigger Threats Than Ebola

During the summer, I got hooked on a TNT drama called "The Last Ship," an apocalyptic thriller about a global pandemic that wipes out most of the human population. As it happens, the telltale signs of this killer plague bear a striking resemblance to the symptoms of the Ebola virus. Indeed,... continue

October 04, 2014

Restrictive Voting Laws Deserve Justice Department Scrutiny

In certain circles, it has become fashionable to believe that the Voting Rights Act is an outdated vestige of a crueler time, an unnecessary bit of bureaucracy that imposes its own injustices. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed that view when it threw out one of the act's more powerful provisions. ... continue

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