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Froma Harrop: Pottersville goes online

Posted 12/18/2014 in National Columns

What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?

 

Froma Harrop: Charity versus panhandling

Posted 12/16/2014 in National Columns

I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

 

Froma Harrop: Obamacare and the middle class

Posted 12/8/2014 in National Columns

Few truly appreciate the enormous economic benefits the Affordable Care Act will deliver.

 

Froma Harrop: There's something special about paper

Posted 12/6/2014 in National Columns

Interesting that the tech website CNET has started publishing an old-fashioned magazine -- you know, on paper, like Time and Life. To complete the retro circle, CNET's periodical is carrying print ads for Ford, Gillette and other brands already at home in the "Mad Men" era.

 

Froma Harrop: Are Americans turning post-materialistic?

Posted 12/4/2014 in National Columns

In 1916, Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia sponsored a children's parade.

 

Froma Harrop: In Ferguson, as elsewhere, voting Is what matters

Posted 12/1/2014 in National Columns

In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there: Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six City Council members and nearly the entire police force are white.

 

Froma Harrop: End the game on immigration reform

Posted 11/22/2014 in National Columns

End the game on immigration reform President Obama's plan to bypass Congress in shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is not the best way to do immigration reform. But if confrontation is what it takes to get House Republicans off their rear ends and deal with the problem, so be it.

 

Froma Harrop: Calling the bluff on Obamacare

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

There's this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.

 

Froma Harrop: Progressives don't need Washington all that much

Posted 11/6/2014 in National Columns

The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives.

 

Froma Harrop: Canada can be tough on immigration

Posted 10/23/2014 in National Columns

Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

 

Froma Harrop: 'Death with Dignity' law is least slippery slope

Posted 10/21/2014 in National Columns

The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.

 

Froma Harrop: Why millennials don't drive so much

Posted 10/16/2014 in National Columns

Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age.

 

Froma Harrop: Ebola and the 41 million uninsured Americans

Posted 10/9/2014 in National Columns

With the first diagnosed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States located in Dallas, Texans are understandably alarmed.

 

Froma Harrop: Kids who don't go to college also matter

Posted 9/25/2014 in National Columns

It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.

 

Froma Harrop: A rough month for women

Posted 9/18/2014 in National Columns

Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

 

Froma Harrop: Do we need a place called home?

Posted 9/16/2014 in National Columns

There's this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. "I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men's," Rosalind says to him in "As You Like It." "Yes, I have gained my experience," Jaques responds gloomily.

 

Froma Harrop: Casino fantasies

Posted 9/11/2014 in National Columns

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

 

Froma Harrop: Celebs nix nude pix: whose problem?

Posted 9/4/2014 in National Columns

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?

 

 

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