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Commentary: Only 4 in 10 say they are better off; the rest may deny Obama a second term

Is the country better off than it was four years ago? Are you and your family better off than you were four years ago? How you answer those questions may determine who wins the presidential election.

October 28, 2012 | By Nick Schulz | Viewpoint

Commentary: The president has worked to correct the inequalities of the past

It was in the 1980 presidential contest that Ronald Reagan first asked the question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

October 28, 2012 | By Mark Weisbrot | Viewpoint

The brink of war

In 2007, when President George W. Bush's White House representative Dana Perino was asked a question about one of the biggest foreign policy crises in American history, she drew a blank. "I was panicked a bit because I really don't know about ... the Cuban missile crisis," she later told NPR. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure."

October 21, 2012 | By Jon Wiener | Viewpoint

Commentary: Does the role of vice president really matter?

It's clear that Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan want the No. 2 job. But why?

October 14, 2012 | By Julia Shaw | Viewpoint

Commentary: Is America still the land of great promise?

Is America still a land of promise? The biblical metaphor was used in 1785 by George Washington, who described the new United States as a "second land of promise." More than a century later, the progressive journalist Herbert Croly wrote: "From the beginning the Land of Democracy has been figured as the Land of Promise."

October 07, 2012 | By Michael Lind | Viewpoint

Commentary: In debates, why don't candidates just answer the question?

In next month's three presidential debates, President Obama and Mitt Romney will be asked a wide range of questions crucial to the future of America. But if history is any guide, they are unlikely to answer many of them. Even worse, most of us won't even notice.

September 30, 2012 | By Todd Rogers and Michael I. Norton | Viewpoint

Commentary: Blaming teachers for poor performance of their students is counterproductive

To some, the Chicago teachers' strike that ended Tuesday proves what they've been saying all along: That the teachers and their unions, when you get right down to it, care more about protecting bad teachers, seniority and pay than they do about what is good for kids.

September 23, 2012 | By Marc Tucker | Viewpoint

Charter school amendment: Pro

What is best for Georgia students? That is the question that should always be front and center when discussing education reform.

September 16, 2012 | For The Times | Viewpoint

Charter school amendment: Con

What will the result of the constitutional amendment on the November ballot mean to Northeast Georgia school districts? How will it impact Gainesville and Hall County schools?

September 16, 2012 | By Merrianne Dyer Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Who is to blame for the middle class squeeze?

AUSTIN, Texas - A friend is barely able to pay for a child's education. Another nearly loses her business. Yet another nearly loses his home. And for those who lose good jobs, like a woman in New York, "It's overwhelming."

September 09, 2012 | By Richard Parker | Viewpoint

Labor Day commentary: Challenges remain for women in a today’s labor market

"I'm so glad you talked about maternity leave," an obviously pregnant young woman said to me as I was walking out the door after giving a speech to a group of federal employees, about my book, "The New Feminist Agenda."

September 02, 2012 | By Madeleine Kunin | Viewpoint

Labor Day commentary: Men adjust to challenges of a down economy

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the American economy is slowly and sluggishly recovering from one of the worst recessions in its history. Many sectors of the economy have been hit very hard by the downturn.

September 02, 2012 | By Adia Harvey Wingfield | Viewpoint

Commentary: Who has the right kind of anger to lead us?

Americans are having something of an anger management moment. Tweeters hated on NBC's coverage of the Olympics, campaign crowds heckle both presidential candidates, and viewers lost interest in the last season of "American Idol" because the judges were too nice.

August 24, 2012 | By Mary McNamara | Viewpoint

Commentary: Voter ID laws are good for democracy

Without a personal identification card issued by some level of government, you are a second-class citizen. You cannot board an airplane, ride an Amtrak train, buy a six-pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes, open a checking account, enter many public and some private office buildings or even attend an NAACP convention without proving that you are who you say you are. You cannot even qualify for means-tested public support programs such as Medicaid without valid identification.

August 19, 2012 | By Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom | Viewpoint

Commentary: The postal service losing billions, but are we really ready to let it go?

The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble, and there's no telling whether it will survive. It's been battered by the Internet and a dragging economy, besieged by commercial competitors and stymied in its efforts to trim a costly web of post offices and delivery routes. On Aug. 1, it defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury for future retiree health benefits.

August 12, 2012 | By Alasdair Roberts | Viewpoint

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