This week in OtherWords, Donald Kaul, Jo Comerford, and Ryan Alexander size up the temporary truce that ended the government shutdown and averted default. Kaul fans take note: In his column, he explains that he’s taking some time off due to health reasons. Please send any get-well-soon wishes my way and I’ll forward them to him.
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- Washington’s “R” Word / Marc Morial
The football team of the nation’s capital region needs a new name that’s not a racial slur.
- When Government Is Too Small / Jo Comerford
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as “nonessential.”
- Gearing Up for Friday the 13th / Ryan Alexander
Diffusing the threat of an immediate default and reopening the government gave Congress another chance to do not what’s easy, but what’s right.
- This Truce May Not Bring Peace to Washington / Donald Kaul
The tea party faithful are already beating their war drums.
- How to Steer Our Rolls-Royce World onto a Smoother Road / Sam Pizzigati
No child anywhere needs to grow up — and suffer — in extreme poverty.
- Jack-o-Lanterns Illuminate the Luxury in Our Lives / Jill Richardson
Did you ever consider yourself lucky because you can carve a pumpkin instead of eating it?
- Spinning Failure into Gold / Jim Hightower
Wall Street’s greatest deception is the claim that they’re brave risk takers who put their money into enterprises that create America’s economic growth.
- Charting a Better Path for Our Public Schools / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
Even middle-class students no longer get a fair shot at a solid education.
- Spooky Congress / Khalil Bendib Cartoon