Commentary - Archive 2006

November 15, 2006

The real tragedy of our policy is that if the U.S. president and the British prime minister had simply read the history of the British occupation of Iraq, they would have discovered most of the complexities with which we now struggle.

October 6, 2006

Whenever a school shooting occurs, as in the Pennsylvania Amish country this week, or in Colorado and Wisconsin last month, or in Vermont and North Carolina the month before, we understandably seek answers -- to the wrong question.

The press and the public focus on motive -- what would possess a milk truck driver or drifter or teenager to kill -- when we should be asking, "Where do dangerous individuals get their guns?"

June 30, 2006

About 100 years after Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller Sr., established foundations and other endowed institutions to be named for themselves, Warren Buffett, in a stroke that caught the attention of much of the world, announced he would give away $31 billion, over a period of years, to a foundation named not for himself but for two other major donors — Bill and Melinda Gates.

June 12, 2006

In the red-hot debate on immigration policy in the United States, some pundits point to the poor academic performance of Hispanic students as evidence that the melting pot isn’t working… But new research reveals that the school careers of Hispanic students tend to be marked by steady progress, not stagnation. [article]

May 22, 2006

Following Jane Addams’ lead, we must encourage immigrants to become responsible members of our political community. [article]

May 17, 2006

A myriad of post-Katrina investigations have found that the FEMA we have today is not the FEMA that was considered a model agency during much of the 1990s. [article]