Cynthia M. Allen: Is social media enlarging or stifling democracy?

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

As an active, albeit measured, user of social media, I've been skeptical of arguments that online forums like Facebook and Twitter are the great equalizer.

Mary Sanchez: The enduring significance of Anita Hill

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Anita Hill.

Build a team to expunge the scourge of Islamic State terrorists

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Friday, Aug. 29:

Warren Buffett should explain Burger King deal, which looks to some like tax evasion

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, Aug. 27:

Hotels wrongly ramp up extra fees, just like airlines

|Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday, Aug. 28:

Rekha Basu: Trendiness aside, ice bucket challenge a triumph for those who have suffered

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

My son explained the gig this way: People are dumping buckets of ice water over themselves, filming it and posting the videos online. Then they tag three others, who have 24 hours to do the same or pay up. They're doing this in the name of ALS.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

To answer calling, these professionals go into danger to help others

|Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Friday, Aug. 22:

Patrick O'Callahan: Bring mood disorders into the light

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

One day when I was in the fifth grade, my mother - a decorous Irish Catholic - drew clown lips around her mouth with lipstick, took off her clothes and wandered gibbering through the house. She smashed eggs on the kitchen floor, dumped flour and sugar on the goo, and splashed the counters with ketchup. My father came home, wrapped a coat around her, and bundled her off in the station wagon.

Mary Sanchez: Police forces nationwide need a reality check

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic.