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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.

 

Froma Harrop: Defeatism in Baltimore

Posted 5/11/2015 in National Columns

Using the most bloodless terms, an economist explained the failure or inability of so many African-Americans to rise from their impoverished circumstances. They do not respond to the economic incentives that push others to study and strive, he said.

 

Froma Harrop: Getting the sports moguls off our backs

Posted 5/7/2015 in National Columns

It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status.

 

Froma Harrop: Let the states make drug law

Posted 5/5/2015 in Food

Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission -- trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

 

Froma Harrop: On the Internet, nobody knows you're a fraud

Posted 5/4/2015 in National Columns

There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough.

 

Froma Harrop: The sun is rising on solar panels

Posted 4/22/2015 in National Columns

On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.

 

Froma Harrop: Privacy vs. security

Posted 4/3/2015 in National Columns

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home.

 

Froma Harrop: Suing over soft sexism can hold women back

Posted 4/2/2015 in National Columns

Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us.

 

Froma Harrop: Clinton and gender politics no simple matter

Posted 3/21/2015 in National Columns

Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for Senate from California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go after Clinton without being called a sexist male.

 

Froma Harrop: Cohabiting ... with children

Posted 3/12/2015 in National Columns

I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.

 

Froma Harrop: Open Internet survives weird politics

Posted 3/3/2015 in National Columns

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen.

 

Froma Harrop: Politicians for local control, except when they're not

Posted 2/26/2015 in National Columns

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits.

 

Froma Harrop: The slave wears Prada: confusion on the red carpet

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

 

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the failure hall of fame

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

 

Froma Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

Posted 2/5/2015 in National Columns

She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer.

 

Froma Harrop: What killed the 'American Sniper'?

Posted 2/3/2015 in National Columns

The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas.

 

Froma Harrop: Free tuition at community college should just be the start

Posted 2/2/2015 in National Columns

It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem.

 

 

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