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Froma Harrop: Twisted social media and mass murder

Posted 10/6/2015 in National Columns

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.


Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging a product of our political system

Posted 10/3/2015 in National Columns

If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.


Froma Harrop: GOP upheaval brings new dread

Posted 9/30/2015 in National Columns

Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms -- "It's deja vu all over again" -- has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.


Froma Harrop: Why don't we try staying home?

Posted 9/25/2015 in National Columns

Generals have marked their operations by putting pins on wall maps of the world.


Froma Harrop: Innocents online with Ashley Madison

Posted 9/1/2015 in National Columns

To the thousands who've been outed as users of the Ashley Madison adultery website: You deserve sympathy.


Froma Harrop: Heroism, American-style

Posted 8/25/2015 in National Columns

Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety.


Froma Harrop: Sanders is a fighter, but not in the fray

Posted 8/24/2015 in National Columns

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist.


Froma Harrop: Blurring theater and reality

Posted 8/20/2015 in National Columns

Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.


Froma Harrop: Get government out of marriage altogether

Posted 8/12/2015 in Local Columns

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next.


Froma Harrop: Fighting climate change for real

Posted 8/8/2015 in National Columns

Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.


Froma Harrop: Ethical hunters shocked by Cecil story

Posted 8/6/2015 in National Columns

That picture of Cecil the lion's corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot.


Froma Harrop: Sensitivity over at Gawker

Posted 7/24/2015 in National Columns

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get -- certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker. But that was Phase One.


Froma Harrop: Online dignity: Give it up

Posted 7/18/2015 in National Columns

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app called Yik Yak.


Froma Harrop: The GOP can clear the Trump dump

Posted 7/16/2015 in National Columns

You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversation.


Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

Posted 7/14/2015 in Local Columns

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs.


Froma Harrop: Meditate for success

Posted 7/7/2015 in National Columns

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking.


Froma Harrop: Why we still need public libraries

Posted 6/20/2015 in National Columns

Younger Americans can hardly imagine a time when you had to visit a library to research the population of Phoenix in 1980.


Froma Harrop: Why must Americans clean up a foreign sport?

Posted 6/8/2015 in National Columns

The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job?


Froma Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

Posted 5/21/2015 in National Columns

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead.


Froma Harrop: The left is so wrong on trade

Posted 5/14/2015 in National Columns

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold.



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