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November 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Immigration: Republicans aren’t remembering past executive orders

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…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: David Brooks, executive orders, Gary Nelson

September 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Middle East: Question America’s motives

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…


Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Brian Conkle, David Brooks, middle east

August 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Hold men responsible for moral character

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…


Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: David Brooks, Karen Clay, men

July 1, 2014 at 6:04 AM

The problems with concentrated wealth

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…


Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: American history, David Brooks, Joe Martin

May 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Africa: How to gain a better understanding of the continent

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…


Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Africa, Boko Haram, David Brooks

February 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Improving economic disparities: Give workers a basic living wage

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…


Comments | More in Economy, minimum wage | Topics: American Enterprise Institute, David Brooks, economic disparities

January 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Reducing income inequality is in everyone’s interest; the argument for progressive taxes

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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.


Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Carol Levin, David Brooks, economy

January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Marijuana: Both sides of the ongoing legalization debate

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Party-goers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year’s Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley).

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].


Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: colorado, David Brooks, marijuana

January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Marijuana is like alcohol: Most people can consume it safely

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.


Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: alcohol, David Brooks, marijuana