Gun violence debate heats up in imperfect world
Doug Wilson

Gun violence debate heats up in imperfect world

Last week's attack by a shooter in Washington, D.C., and another mass shooting in a San Francisco UPS facility will revive the ongoing debate between gun rights supporters and opponents. Neither side will convince the other. The debate never really ends.

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Electronic devices not as private as most people think
Doug Wilson

Electronic devices not as private as most people think

Text messages that might have led to a teen's suicide have been the main focus of a Massachusetts manslaughter trial last week. Michelle Carter's text messages show that initially she told her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, that he shouldn't commit suicide.

Simple, shrill approach harms political discourse
Doug Wilson

Simple, shrill approach harms political discourse

Keep it simple. That's the well known advice for anybody putting forward a complicated argument. "Keep it simple and keep it shrill" is the somewhat different advice for those involved in political arguments.

Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined
Doug Wilson

Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined

Missouri lawmakers will be called back into session Monday, a little more than a week after they closed out their regular session.

American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government
Doug Wilson

American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government

Political landscapes have been changing rapidly, and there's a natural tendency to see the actions of politicians as the root cause. Maybe that's the wrong method of analysis. Maybe the politicians Americans get are the result of those societal changes, r

Political narratives shape international and state issues
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Political narratives shape international and state issues

Humans are story-telling creatures. There are stories in politics, too.

Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council
Doug Wilson

Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council

Two Quincy aldermen whose terms will end in May say there are little things about serving on the City Council that probably would surprise most people.

All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place
Doug Wilson

All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place

Health care talks in the U.S. House last week show how polarized that chamber is, and how much energy all sides can expend on an issue that is far from its final form.