Trick or treat? Government's Halloween tax costume

| |Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Autumn is now upon us. The leaves are changing, temperatures are falling, football is in full swing, and one of Americans' favorite holidays is just about to arrive on our doorstep. Kids across the country will don costumes and race from home to home in a festive search for sweet rewards on Halloween.

Cynthia M. Allen: Rome's synod on the family only the beginning

| |Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

The Vatican's "extraordinary synod of bishops" concluded Sunday with the beatification of Pope Paul VI, an interim step on the road to sainthood.

Mary Sanchez: We have much to learn about homegrown jihadists

| |Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

The last leg on the road to jihad began with a day of ditching school.

Ebola's lesson? Get real on public health

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Modesto Bee on Wednesday, Oct. 22:

Rekha Basu: Elizabeth Warren is right: America's middle class needs a boost

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Her father was a janitor in Oklahoma City and her mother stayed home and cared for the four kids. Whenthe youngest and the only girl, came along unplanned in 1949, some belt tightening was needed. It would be needed again, when her father had a heart attack and her mother, vowing not to lose the house, took a minimum-wage job at Sears.

Frida Ghitis: Peace between Israelis, Palestinians won't end Mideast extremism

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

A few days ago I came across a 2008 interview with a renowned author in which, without going into detail, the writer spoke about the need for new ideas to solve "the conflict in the Middle East." It wasn't that many years ago when that was shorthand for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or perhaps, more broadly, for the tensions between Israelis and Arabs.

Choice on the way for TV viewers?

|Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Charlotte Observer on Monday, Oct. 20:

Obama finally green-lights family visas for Haitians

|Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Monday, Oct. 20:

Cynthia M. Allen: Regarding abortion, Davis as 'extreme' as Abbott

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

I have to agree with The Denver Post's editorial endorsing Cory Gardner, challenger to pro-choice Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, that "obnoxious one-issue campaign(s)" are insulting, particularly when the issue in focus is "reproductive rights."

Ned Barnett: It's time for a national look at policing

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Today, electronic eyes are everywhere, and the once-submerged issue of encounters between police and black men is coming into public view. It's creating increasing tensions between blacks - regardless of their income and professional status - and police who have muscled up to fight everything from seat-belt violations to terrorism.