Opinion

The U.S. learned some lessons from the Vietnam War. The wrong ones

While millions watch "The Vietnam War" on PBS, the nation is ignoring the all the current Vietnams that are escalating under President Trump....

This missile man was a program manager — and helped win the Cold War

Bernard Schriever had both vision and the leadership and technical command to make that vision real....

Protester reflects on lessons of Vietnam

The Vietnam War overshadowed most everything else in the mid-to-late 60s, and its echoes have a long reach....

Readers write: Letters to the editor, September 19, 2017

Open invitation to join the conversation....

Vietnam Stories: When I received my draft notice, I chose to enlist

(The “Monitor” is asking readers to submit short personal anecdotes or accounts of one specific aspect of the Vietnam War, such as a story about combat, a protest march, political...

Editorial: Put tolls to work against traffic

Forget for a moment the unfortunate name, which conjures up unpleasant images of stuffed noses and clogged throats, of traffic-filled streets and high price tags.Congestion...

Montini: Donald Trump is a 10-year-old

Donald Trump acts like pre-pubescent boy who tweets. Only, he is actually a septuagenarian who happens to be president....

Bugsplats and jackpots. US military drone operators enjoy gamers’ delight

Controls for drones are like video-game controllers, making them intuitive for those raised on Gears of War and Killzone....

The dictatorships who stick together at the UN to maintain their terror

So many member states are dictatorships that engage in horrible human rights violations—and they stick together....

Yes, America, PBS’ ‘The Vietnam War’ is required viewing – all 18 hours of it

As an account of both the war and its political and cultural legacies, The Vietnam War is about as complete and evenhanded as it could possibly get, which, of course, means it...

Alaska needs a dose of optimism — and dedication to gas line

The Asian market is hungry for Alaska's gas -- and we have the means to feed that market....

Here's why straight people don't need parades

Those who want straight pride parades don't care to acknowledge the true meaning of gay pride events....

India's caste system and U.S. racism

What could breed more easily than suspicion and mistrust when population segments are kept or keep themselves separate?...

Review: ‘The Vietnam War,’ a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

One of the many North Vietnamese voices in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s film history of the war in Vietnam speaks a hard truth. For all the talk of triumph and liberation after the...

New Vietnam documentary series provides a timely booster shot

The nation now needs an example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow. An example arrives Sunday night with Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War.”...

‘The Vietnam War’ tells story with honesty and humanity

Work of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a cautionary tale of how things that go wrong can stay wrong....

At 230, U.S. Constitution needs another amendment

Take the big money and dark money out of our politics, and make clear that corporations have no claim to individual rights....

Montini: The story of the other murdered Arizona Republic reporter

His name is Charles Thornton. He was killed 32 years ago this week....

Vietnam's impact on how we view war and honor

As the U.S. again escalates its 16-year war in Afghanistan, it is important to understand how Vietnam set a pattern for finding honor in inconclusive or lost wars....

The Vietnam War: A conversation with filmmaker Ken Burns

On a sultry summer day last month, I drove winding westward roads to Walpole to interview Ken Burns about The Vietnam War, his and Lynn Novick’s new film, 10 years in the making. I...

Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All is the answer to health care woes (3 letters)

Universal care is popular because our current system is not working for everyone and every state. The Affordable Care Act was a start, but for-profit care will never work....

Will China invade North Korea and take its nuclear facilities?

Five ways China’s approach to Kim Jong Un is fast developing....

Letters: Want civility? Lead by example

In a recent letter to The Advocate published Sept. 9, a writer wrongfully claimed that anyone who voted for our current president condones racism, misogyny and extreme hatred, and...

Vietnam veteran steeled himself to watch Ken Burns' new documentary on the war

The series ranges from the French colonial era to the fall of Saigon in 1975, including the shameful cut-and-run by Washington that left our South Vietnamese allies to slaughter...

“Bodega,” the start-up that wants to kill mom-and-pop shops, is a very bad idea

Bodegas — or corner stores, or minimarts, or whatever you want to call them — stand for everything Silicon Valley does not....

Harvey and Irma were hard. But most of the world’s disasters are ignored.

American society might be uniquely constituted to work together during crises, but elsewhere in the world, bad instincts or habits lead political and corporate leaders to mislead,...

Trump’s White House meeting with Malaysian crook Najib reeks of the swamp

Najib is the subject of a $1 billion foreign kleptocracy investigation, the largest ever launched by the Justice Department....

A trip to Texas and the sad contrast between Bush 41's foreign policy and Trump's

A trip to the George H.W. Bush presidential library in Texas shows why his foreign policy succeeded and why Trump's is failing....

The longer U.S. waits to negotiate with N. Korea, the less leverage it has

The current action/reaction cycle to missile tests that excludes negotiations does little to slow North Korea's technical development....

The times Trump’s gut got it right

Trump wouldn’t be where he is today if his instincts weren’t sometimes keen. His gut gave him a boost in Washington this last week....

Going far afield to meet some of America’s best

Visit to air bases from Kabul to Baghdad sharpens contrast between U.S. military personnel and their commander in chief....

Peace prize winner abides genocide in Myanmar

Leader is silent in the face of atrocities against nation's Muslim minority....

Trump, Netanyahu make media their scapegoats

Haunted by criminal investigations, U.S. and Israeli leaders work hard to divert attention....

As Burmese soldiers practise genocide on the Rohingya, why are we considering helping their military?

300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh as the army burns their villages and lays mines along the border....

What does a 9/11 survivor say when asked if Trump is triggering PTSD?

"I believe that Trump is doing such a good job of turning Americans against each other instead of unifying them... that anyone who does want to hurt us would have every right to...

While Trump obsesses about North Korea, Cambodia and Burma are going to hell

The growing crises in mainland Southeast Asia are quickly spiraling out of control....

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi remaining silent on the Rohingya Muslim atrocities?

Her failure to condemn the atrocities is prompting people to denounce her work and demand her Nobel Peace Prize is rescinded....

Robert Reich: Five big things Trump should be doing instead of chasing Dreamers

There’s no evidence Dreamers are taking jobs from native-born Americans. In fact, evidence suggests they’ve created more jobs....

Is Japan a depressed nation?

There is a strong stigma even talking about psychological issues, and there aren’t many psych doctors....