Category Archive: Government

Support the free press

We can’t take it for granted The New York Times on Sept. 23 carried the text of a speech by publisher A. G. Sulzberger, given at Brown University, titled, “The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World.” He documented how, in multiple countries, journalists are being threatened, harassed, thrown in… Read More

Evidence: A critical basis for policy making…really

Effective government employees and advisors who rely on facts and data should not be ignored Over the past 40 years, great advances have been made in developing the knowledge base about how to assess evidence. Opinion is not evidence. The disregard and even contempt for evidence as a basis for… Read More

Gun violence…again and again

Another bad weekend leaves scores of people dead and injured, a country stunned It’s just a few weeks until the start of the school year; it was the weekend, and a lot of people around the country were doing ordinary things like shopping and eating out.  Parents are trying to… Read More

Can’t stop thinking about the children

Consequences of maltreatment at the border are immediate, severe and long-lasting I woke up about 3 o’clock Sunday morning. I just could not stop thinking about what our government is doing to immigrant children at the southern U.S. border. According to a recent interview with Jack Shonkoff, professor at Harvard… Read More