Football is a dangerous sport. For the National Football League, it also happens to be a $10 billion a year business. So how much should be paid to those who suffer from long-term brain injuries because they endured the league’s captivating but debilitating violence?
Dana Milbank: Hillary Clinton, and President Obama, should champion the Trans-Pacific Partnership – but only after congressional Republicans do what’s needed to protect low-wage American workers from the dislocation that will occur.
David Brooks: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.
While the contracts are supposed to be for temporary or occasional work, nearly one-quarter of them were for one year or more of full-time work, some as much as three or four years in a row, according to the Program Evaluation Division report.
Joe Ableidinger: Three steps could go a long way to making A-F school grades in Norht Carolina a way to help our schools succeed, rather than simply identifying those that serve students from low-income families with no meaningful action or support behind it.
Mary Nelson: Having my fragile child sit at a desk for three hours trying to answer test questions would be abuse. Many states have official opt-out procedures that recognize the right of parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children. NC legislators must take similar action.
Charles Lane: Without market signals to help allocate resources, long waits and other patient frustrations are inevitable at VA facilities, no matter how sincerely, or how threateningly, Washington orders their elimination. It’s a Soviet-style structure, minus the coherence of the one-party state.
It seems that a lot of seniors are complaining that their large deductions for medical expenses have been abolished. Ask them who they voted for or whether they voted at all. If they voted Republican, then they got what they voted for. And they deserve the democracy they have.