According to syndicated columnist David Brooks, Obama’s use of executive power to alter existing immigration law is a “calculated insult” to Republicans [“Obama has become more partisan after the election,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. Brooks, however, seems to forget that both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used their executive powers to extend amnesty to family…More
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Columnist David Brooks begins by saying, “No U.S. president could allow a barbaric caliphate to establish itself in the middle of the Middle East” [“Obama, the reluctant leader,” Opinion, Sept. 13]. Why not? The Middle East is full of brutal regimes, many of them our allies. Brooks ends by saying, “The Arab world can…More
The character, and self control of men, is astonishingly absent from syndicated columnist David Brooks latest missive on the disadvantaged [“The character factory,” Opinion, Aug. 2]. In his opinion, young women who have a clear path to affordable education are less likely to be teen moms. Brooks inference is that young women would exercise…More
Columnist David Brooks has a peculiar perspective on the meaning of democracy and a rather selective view of the course of history [“The spiritual recession,” Opinion, June 28]. Brooks is correct in warning against “concentrated power.” But there is no mention in his essay of the urgent crisis in the U.S. today whereby untold…More
Thanks to syndicated columnist David Brooks for his insightful piece “The real Africa,” [Opinion, May 11] putting the Boko Haram kidnappings in the context of a changing continent, largely unknown in the U.S. He attributes our stereotyped images to our predominant information sources: nature documentaries, fundraising appeals and mission trips. To this list I would…More
Columnist David Brooks states in his column that “ … the majority of workers are not seeing income gains commensurate with their productivity levels.” [“Capitalism for the masses,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. He also states that “ … Republicans need to declare a truce on the social safety net.” So far, so good. However, then…More
Reducing inequality is in everyone’s interest
David Brooks’ column “The inequality problem and its roots” [Opinion, Jan. 18] got it wrong.
First, his focus on the top 5 percent and the “bottom end” misses the middle class. Second, although he is correct that the causes of inequality are complex, he is wrong to suggest that there are “two different constellations of problems” that are not related.More
Standing up to marijuana legalization
How refreshing to read a columnist, David Brooks, who has the courage to stand up for what is morally right [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Jan. 5].
David Brooks argues that marijuana should not be legalized [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Dec. 5).
Brooks is a wise and eloquent writer and his argument is strong. But every point he makes could apply equally well against the legalization of alcohol, which is more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.More