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The coronavirus is here. But fear not. Mass panic is also here. Fear. I’m a doctor and an infectious diseases specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a…

The rapid passage of an $8.3-billion emergency spending plan to fight the spread and severity of the coronavirus shows that Congress and the president are willing to set aside their petty partisanship in the face…

Is “peace in our time” in Afghanistan at hand? President Trump thinks so. He described the agreement signed Saturday by an American diplomat and a Taliban official as providing “a powerful path forward to end…

When I was very young, my parents worked as night janitors at a law firm in Los Angeles. They often took me to work because they couldn’t afford child care, and to keep my grumpiness…

The threat of a coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak isn’t a point-in-time political exigency; it’s one of what we know will be a series of episodic public health challenges. Responding to these challenges will take more than…

Over 35 years, I worked for various bosses at various newspapers. I had some very bad bosses who were men. And some very good bosses who were women. I also had some very bad female…

CHANUTE — Before Sharon Miller addresses a crowd, she relies on three things to boost her confidence.  • Speak up, even if your voice shakes. “For the first 2 years and 9 months, everything I’ve…

In democracies, majorities rule, right? The candidate with the most votes wins the election, and a majority vote in the legislature means that a bill is passed.  In Kansas, the math seems remarkably simple. The…

Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg too young to be president? Our nation’s founders didn’t think so; among the few limitations they applied to presidential aspirants was a minimum age of 35. Nevertheless, at 38, the mayor…

Look no further than the national debt for proof that fiscal responsibility is out of fashion. Federal spending is up more than 10 percent this year, compared to just a year ago. The annual deficit…