Editorial Page

  To the Editor,       Thank you for keeping news about these often misunderstood tick-borne illnesses on your front page. We need more research and public awareness of these diseases. A few corrections for your article:  
    A recent unclassified directive from James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, raises some awkward questions. The memo, published on the Internet at dni.gov, provides for the censoring of memoirs and interviews by government workers and supplies guidelines for all 17...
  This column has, with perhaps tiresome frequency, written of failures of democratic government.   Henry Main, writing in 1875, raised serious questions as to the utility of democratic governments. He pointed out democracies are likely to be led or influenced by mobs.  Democracies...
It seems President Obama is not heeding all the advice he was given by the editors of hundreds of newspapers and journals, which was to stay out of Iraq. Just think of all that valuable advice going to naught! Readers of this page will note we were not so generous with our advice as are many of our...
The crash of a Ferrari on Chestnut Ridge Road earlier this month is a reminder that our country roads are not for speeding. They are nothing but old cow paths that have been paved over.  Many were Indian trails, then wagon roads used for driving cattle to market or to the next field. Many...

Congressman Chris Gibson's letter on immigration reform (TMI, June 11) reflects the Republican Party's nyet strategy on this and virtually every other issue of our national life. 

It does not seem that way on the surface, as Gibson protests his openness to consider reforms, and he...

Eliza Griswold, writing in the NY Times Magazine of June 15, has written what might be her most important story to date, and what might be the most important story the Sunday magazine has published in a long time. Ms. Griswold made news when she published her book on the 10th Parallel, a line that...
When more than 50 percent of a school’s population qualifies for free or subsidized lunches (and breakfasts), it is because nutritionists have found that children from stressed families are undernourished. School authorities realize that if a student is hungry, he is unlikely to perform at his best...
“A rising tide lifts all yachts” is the title of a recent issue of Tomdispatch.com that talks about Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Since the book is 700 pages and the dispatch only a few, it might be easier to check out the latter before tackling the text itself.
  Dear editor;   According to the Congressional Budget Office, the comprehensive immigration bill which has passed in the Senate and is now stalled in the House would reduce the federal deficit by $175 billion between 2014 and 2023.  The CBO’s analysis also states that the Senate...