| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
I've worked for minimum wage. Many times. Selling programs. Frying chicken. Janitor. Factory worker. Ice cream scooper.
In each case, I saved the money and put it toward college and grad school. What I lacked, I borrowed in loans. With my degree, I...
| May 19, 2014
| 3:38 PM
As of 2012, only Detroit had a poverty rate that is significantly higher than that of Hartford.
If poverty ended at the city limits, so might the concerns of many. But poverty has risen most rapidly in the suburbs of Hartford — doubling in the...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
According to a report released earlier this month in the widely respected health research journal The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.
To put it bluntly, for every...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:30 AM
In a slum where soccer balls skitter and poverty is deep, coaxing voices lead young men and boys to terror. Talk of God turns to incantations on holy war and the youths, who have been promised martyrdom and paradise, slip on backpacks of crude...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Many good things are happening in Baltimore's public schools. We've moved away from zero-tolerance discipline policies, graduation rates are on the rise, and middle-graders are scoring higher on national assessments.
But much more progress is needed,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Mary is single, in her late 50s, widowed and earning about $2,000 a month cleaning bathrooms downtown. She's had no health insurance for the last decade, but she's received medical care when she needed it at free clinics and emergency rooms.
But now it'...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Ladies, if you’re wondering how to use that sexism card you swore off in the 1970s after you got liberated, I suggest you take a look at the masterful performance of one Jennifer Stefano, a regional director of the Obamacare-hating, Koch brothers-...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 1:37 PM
No, Paul Ryan isn’t Ebenezer Scrooge. But give him time; he’s young. And he shows such promise.
On Tuesday, Ryan, the Republican tax-hatchet-man from Wisconsin, unveiled a new spending blueprint. Got a catchy title too: “The Path to...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Having recently made legal claims to historical gas and mineral rights under vast tracts of British land, the Church of England has taken a position against those who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the process of breaking up rock...