Cynthia M. Allen: Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

In my early 20s, I suffered from an affliction I suspect is common among people that age: I felt great uncertainty about the world, what I believed and how I would ever understand it all.

Steve Paul: An award-winning novel of immigration points to the vibrancy of American literature

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Sales at American book stores rose a measly 1 percent in 2013, according to trade accounts. It remains unclear whether that sluggishness - sales of ebooks have also tapered off - truly represents a further chipping away of the importance of books in our culture.

Barbara Shelly: Would you share your DNA info to advance medicine?

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The provocative question of how "big data" will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.

Rekha Basu: Reasoned response to fundamentalism gains strength in Iowa

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A young girl stood up at the microphone in front of a theater packed with adults and asked the speaker how she could ensure she receives an adequate science education. Richard Dawkins, world renowned British evolutionary biologist, who is said to be the most cited living scientist, paused. Then he said he was sorry if her teachers were "refusing to teach seriously." He urged her to complain, and advised open-mindedness and critical thinking. "Ask yourself, is this the kind of thing you're being told because of evidence or just from authority," he said. "Mistrust it if it is from authority."

Leonard Pitts Jr.: From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Twenty-four dollars.

Bob Ray Sanders: A lesson in forgiveness from a Fort Hood victim

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

When President Barack Obama and the first lady made a return visit to Fort Hood last week, they paused in front of the kind of memorials we have become accustomed to seeing since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Hungary's tilt: Right-wing parties gain in the latest election

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, April 14:

Charles Koch's public message represents rhetorical spin at its flimsiest

|Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Monday, April 14:

Lewis W. Diuguid: A lonely, tough existence for blacks in Guatemala

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Getting to this old port town required us to rise early from our Hotel Catamaran cabins on pylons over water.

Carl Hiaasen: First, do no harm � to your bank account

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

After being sued by the Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its Medicare reimbursement data last week. It included the less-than-stunning revelation that 28 of the 100 doctors who received the largest payments in 2012 were from Florida.