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Froma Harrop: The smallness of being in economy class

Posted 8/28/2014 in National Columns

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

 

Froma Harrop: Is Ferguson a social media victim?

Posted 8/21/2014 in National Columns

Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

 

Froma Harrop: Racing through nature

Posted 8/19/2014 in National Columns

The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

 

Froma Harrop: Uber is the future

Posted 8/8/2014 in National Columns

As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes -- overnight flights from the West Coast -- land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

 

Froma Harrop: Less is more... isn't it?

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

 

Froma Harrop: What scares Americans about the child migrants

Posted 8/4/2014 in National Columns

What scares Americans about the child migrants The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border.

 

Froma Harrop: Doing well by doing good -- but better by doing bad

Posted 7/31/2014 in National Columns

How curious to watch "60 Minutes," the famously hard-hitting TV newsmagazine, bless JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon with prime-time beatification for hiring some interns from poor backgrounds. The segment's headline is "Jobs program benefits Fortune 500 and underprivileged youth."

 

Froma Harrop: Is the medium the menace?

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife's "head on a stick."

 

Froma Harrop: Will the blabbermouths wake Democrats up?

Posted 7/22/2014 in National Columns

It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.

 

Froma Harrop: Where goes jazz as the greats move on?

Posted 7/18/2014 in National Columns

A jazz great died this month. Though revered by fans around the world, Horace Silver is not a household name in his own country, where the popular taste tends more toward rock and country than it does toward jazz.

 

Froma Harrop: Should Amazon just take over?

Posted 7/14/2014 in National Columns

It's the darnedest thing. Only a select few sites grace the bookmark bar topping my Web browser. Amazon.com is one. And Amazon is the only retailer to make the cut.

 

Froma Harrop: In Mississippi the right's mistake was waking the others

Posted 6/26/2014 in National Columns

The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition.

 

Froma Harrop: Use your hands

Posted 6/24/2014 in National Columns

Have you stopped using your hands? Do your fingers struggle to sign your name? Is chopping an onion with a knife hard work? Must you call someone to fix a cabinet door off the hinges? Is it agony to sew on a button?

 

Froma Harrop: What lurks in a child's online world?

Posted 6/18/2014 in National Columns

What is the most shocking takeaway from the story of the two 12-year-olds who repeatedly stabbed their friend -- nearly to death -- on the imagined orders of a fantasy character?

 

Froma Harrop: Fight heroin with marijuana

Posted 6/10/2014 in National Columns

A plague of heroin addiction is upon us. Another plague. Heroin was the crisis that prompted Richard Nixon to launch the war on drugs in 1971.

 

Froma Harrop: Not much to lose in move from coal

Posted 6/6/2014 in National Columns

Barack Obama need not ask how well he's doing in coal country, because the answer is always the same: Not well.

 

Froma Harrop: The housing bust and the American psyche

Posted 5/31/2014 in National Columns

Real estate mania lives on at the HGTV cable channel, where house shoppers still holler for granite on their kitchen islands and his-and-her sinks in their en suite bathrooms. But in the non-TV reality of middle-class America, the bloom is definitely off the real estate rose.

 

Froma Harrop: Don't privatize the veterans hospitals

Posted 5/22/2014 in National Columns

President Obama can do himself a big political favor this month by saying simply this: "I will not privatize the VA hospitals."

 

Froma Harrop: Other paths to better pay

Posted 5/20/2014 in National Columns

Did you read about investors in Chipotle Mexican Grill rejecting the outlandish pay package the fast-food chain's two CEOs had cooked up for themselves? Stockholders overwhelmingly booed the mega-million payout, which would have come on top of the $300 million the duo have harvested in recent years.

 

Froma Harrop: All Sheldon Adelson wants

Posted 5/16/2014 in National Columns

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair.

 

 

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