BY DICK ANDERSON
As an aspiring football player, I experienced firsthand the value of parks and recreation to communities.
SALVADOR SÁNCHEZ CERÉN
BY RUBÉN ZAMORA
On March 9, the Salvadoran people elected Salvador Sánchez Cerén as president of El Salvador in an election that reflected the maturity of our democracy and the progress of our society since the end of the civil war in 1992.
In My Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
I haven’t met David Beckham yet, but everyone who has says he’s charming, smart, unpretentious, down to earth and, oh yeah, very good looking. It’s not only ladies who swoon over Becks, guys can go a little ga-ga, too.
BY JOHN DICKERSON
Jeb Bush is having a moment. For two months or so, as Chris Christie’s presidential fortunes have appeared abridged, people have started mentioning the former two-term Florida governor as a possible 2016 candidate. Now the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa report that the whispers have grown into a draft-Bush movement.
In My Opinion
By Glenn Garvin
Ecuador’s tumultuously left-wing president Rafael Correa will give speeches at Harvard and Yale next week. This will probably be interesting, because nothing stirs the Ivy League soul like a Latin strongman.
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
In 1990, I asked Adolfo Suárez for help. At the time, I had made a political calculation that the former prime minister could be useful to Cuba’s democratization and was a generous person.
BY KATHLEEN PARKER
The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama.
BY BARACK OBAMA
As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. And in the coming weeks, your senators will have a chance to stand up for that principle by voting yes or no on a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
BY ANN MCFEATTERS
Here’s a conundrum for our times.
By MIRTA OJITO
Two million and counting. As records go, this is a shameful one, unless you happen to be part of the 45 percent of Americans who support the growing number of deportations of undocumented immigrants under President Obama.
By KITTY DUMAS
Judy Smith, the inspiration behind the tough, sexy Olivia Pope, heroine of the ABC television phenomenon Scandal, feels the pain of your hellish divorce, your professional plummet, your gaffes — and she is there for you.
By JOE CARDONA
Czech author Milan Kundera once wrote, “Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: animals.”
By PARMIE DEAN
Hey, you — Pomegranate! What’s up Palm tree! Fatty!”
By CAROL MCNALLY
Like a physician with a critically ill patient, the first charge of social-service providers must be: Do no harm. But, it is difficult to balance the goals of family preservation and child protection when families are already in crisis. It is much easier — and less expensive — to avoid the crisis in the first place.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
Disputes within the Arab world are nothing new, but the depth of animosity and the sheer number of fault lines, rivalries and profound strategic disagreements has reached an all-time high.
BY E.J. DIONNE
President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social-justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. He identified with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Chicago’s archbishop, whose consistent ethic of life encompassed a dedication to the poor, a concern over the human costs of war and opposition to the death penalty.
BY PAULA DOCKERY
There are two constitutional amendments that have made their way to the November ballot. Both were proposed by citizen initiative and both enjoy widespread voter popularity.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. Let’s concentrate for a moment on the “Inc.” part.
WAR ON TERROR
BY ALBERTO MORA
An unprecedented public feud has broken out between Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee and a strong supporter of the intelligence community, and CIA Director John Brennan, accused by Feinstein of spying on committee staff tasked with investigating the Agency.