Is fare enforcement worth the cost?

Dear TriMet, Your news release yesterday trumpeted, “March’s fare enforcement report continues 13-fold increase,” like that was some kind of awesome victory. But setting aside the suffering of all the poor and working-class people who will now have to pay

Is fare enforcement worth the cost?

Dear TriMet, Your news release yesterday trumpeted, “March’s fare enforcement report continues 13-fold increase,” like that was some kind of awesome victory. But setting aside the suffering of all the poor and working-class people who will now have to pay

This American Life: What kind of ideology?

Dear Ira Glass and This American Life staff, I look forward to This American Life every week, but a recent episode really upset me. I heard statements go unchallenged that I knew just weren’t true. I felt the program irresponsibly

This American Life: What kind of ideology?

Dear Ira Glass and This American Life staff, I look forward to This American Life every week, but a recent episode really upset me. I heard statements go unchallenged that I knew just weren’t true. I felt the program irresponsibly

How many angels can dance on the head of an oil rig?

On Thursday, when I turned on my radio, I was appalled to hear that the topic on the BBC program World Have Your Say was “Should we feel sorry for [BP CEO] Tony Hayward?” Who cares? A more appropriate question

How many angels can dance on the head of an oil rig?

On Thursday, when I turned on my radio, I was appalled to hear that the topic on the BBC program World Have Your Say was “Should we feel sorry for [BP CEO] Tony Hayward?” Who cares? A more appropriate question

NPR features glib, hateful commentator on Arizona law

Dear Talk of the Nation staff, I was pretty offended at yesterday’s show on the new law in Arizona. You chose to feature a virulently anti-immigrant guest, presenting him as a learned expert. You had no other guest on the

NPR features glib, hateful commentator on Arizona law

Dear Talk of the Nation staff, I was pretty offended at yesterday’s show on the new law in Arizona. You chose to feature a virulently anti-immigrant guest, presenting him as a learned expert. You had no other guest on the

Go ahead and close minimum-security prisons

In response to: “Oregon legislators consider bleak budget outcomes,” Oregonian, February 3, 2009 [Update: A shortened version of this letter is published in the Oregonian, Sunday 2/8/09, as “Prison idea  a good one.”] Dear Editor, The Oregonian reported on Tuesday

Go ahead and close minimum-security prisons

In response to: “Oregon legislators consider bleak budget outcomes,” Oregonian, February 3, 2009 [Update: A shortened version of this letter is published in the Oregonian, Sunday 2/8/09, as “Prison idea  a good one.”] Dear Editor, The Oregonian reported on Tuesday

Guest letter from my dad!

October 1, 2008 The Senate voted tonight in favor of a huge bailout for some Wall Street gamblers who shot for the moon and missed. The Senate didn’t deal with the real roots of the financial crisis–the decades of deregulation

Guest letter from my dad!

October 1, 2008 The Senate voted tonight in favor of a huge bailout for some Wall Street gamblers who shot for the moon and missed. The Senate didn’t deal with the real roots of the financial crisis–the decades of deregulation

Campaign as horse race

Dear All Things Considered, Last week, when Senator John Edwards departed the presidential race, one of your evening commentators remarked with bemusement that, although polls suggest voters care strongly about issues, we don’t seem to be choosing our votes based

Campaign as horse race

Dear All Things Considered, Last week, when Senator John Edwards departed the presidential race, one of your evening commentators remarked with bemusement that, although polls suggest voters care strongly about issues, we don’t seem to be choosing our votes based