BY JOE CARDONA
Few things are more humbling than teaching a child. As you conjure up simple explanations for their complex inquiries — all while driving through McDonald’s — you quickly figure out that no matter how ingenious your responses may be, it is impossible to transfer every kernel of information that lies in your brain. If your child gathers a quarter of your hard-earned knowledge, consider yourself fortunate.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
While we’re still in the season, let’s give thanks to Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator who has made good in his second life as the attorney general of Ohio.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
The notion that the world is a safer place now that the United States and other powers have made a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program does not find a lot of believers in Israel, whose people live less than a thousand miles away from the Iranian capital and much closer than that from Tehran’s most militant friends.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
Florida recently announced that it would reopen some of the prisons it closed a year ago due to projections of a growing inmate population.
BY FRANK CERABINO
I think there’s enough material for a book or documentary film titled Stuff That Happens at the Kravis Center.
BY RUTH MARCUS
The fourth Thanksgiving. The fourth Hanukkah. This is a hard season for Judy Gross, even harder for her husband, Alan, who on Tuesday began his fifth year of captivity in a Cuban prison.
BY STEVE BOUSQUET
Elections supervisors in Florida think of themselves as being in the customer service business.
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
BY ALICIA BARCENA
As we come to the end of the year, we, the women of Latin America and the Caribbean can be satisfied and hopeful, thanks to the commitments made by our countries in the area of gender equality.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
I like capitalism.
BY LUIS CARLOS VILLEGAS
The opening decades of the 21st century have witnessed the dawning of a new Colombia. The nation has turned the tide on a long-running terrorist insurgency to achieve a level of security and stability that has given birth to one of the region’s most dynamic economies. Colombia moved from isolation to regional leadership.
BY MARY SANCHEZ
America will soon nod respectfully to the first anniversary of the 26 murders that “shocked the nation” last year, sparking fervent cries for action.
By ELSA MOREJON
A few weeks ago, President Obama invited my husband, Oscar Elias Biscet, and me to a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Many thought that in light of Obama’s efforts to improve relations between the United States and Cuba, Gen. Raúl Castro, Cuba’s president, would approve a passport for Oscar so that he could attend. Such was not the case.
IN MY OPINION
BY GLENN GARVIN
A couple of weeks ago, accosted on the street by paparazzi, MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin spontaneously uncorked a homophobic slur. The result: The network kicked him off the air, for good.
By EUGENE ROBINSON
U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.
A SON’S PLEA
By DAN LEVINSON
On Tuesday, my father, Robert Levinson, will become the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. Sadly, his six years and eight months in captivity surpass the 2,454 days that Terry Anderson, the former Associated Press bureau chief in Beirut, was held from his family.
By TRUDY RUBIN
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year.
By RAMESH PONNURU
Recently, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, picked just the right words to make an increasingly hot controversy even hotter.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Floridians support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes by a whopping 82-16 margin crossing all party lines. Frustrated by decades of inaction by the Florida Legislature, citizens have taken it into their own hands to put the issue directly before voters through a citizens’ initiative.
BY URI DROMI
Following the Geneva agreement between the six world powers and Iran, the Israelis were caught in the dilemma of whom they should believe: their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who had said that this was a bad deal, a historical blunder and that the Iranians got everything they wanted and gave nothing back; or President Obama, who had praised the agreement because, in his words, “for the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.”
BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN
The people of Honduras have spoken and declared that they want a prosperous future for themselves and their nation. I commend and congratulate the Honduran people and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for carrying out a peaceful and transparent election without major incidents.