The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, Sept. 28:

Whether viewed from a dry-as-dust ground level or from a sky-high planetary perch, the ongoing drought in California is remarkable. As this slow-moving meteorological disaster intensifies, burning forests, fallowed agricultural fields and critically low reservoirs shows the increasingly high-stakes interactions among scientists, policymakers and everyday Californians.

While much of the world grows increasingly concerned about the threat posed by the Islamic State, a surprisingly large number of people in the Muslim world are convinced we are all being deceived. With great confidence, they claim that ISIS, as the group is also known, is not what it purports to be.

Of course my father wanted me to play football. He played in the coal mine league in western Pennsylvania, and in high school before that, and would have gone on to college to play football except he had to keep working to help support the family.

The bombs are dropping, and how can we not watch?

This is a tale of two countries.

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, Sept. 25:

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Thursday, Sept. 25:

Earlier this year, the California legislature tabled a proposed referendum that sought to restore affirmative action in higher education. The measure had sailed through the Senate with a two-thirds vote and was awaiting approval in the Assembly. However, after intense opposition and sustained mobilization by some Asian American voters, particularly by Chinese American voters in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles suburbs, many Asian American members of the legislature voiced their opposition to the measure, effectively killing it.

One idea gaining currency among psychologists and political scientists is that Democrats and Republicans are politically polarized because they are fundamentally different. As one science journalist concluded after reviewing the literature: "A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology and even traits like physiology and genetics."

Marble statues are nothing new in Greece. Recently uncovered in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis are a couple of elaborately sculpted, fully hair-braided caryatids standing at the entryway to an elaborate Alexander the Great-era tomb.

If you think the NFL's domestic violence problem has been talked to death, there's one interested party that begs to differ.

In her recently released memoir, state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis acknowledged she had aborted a much-wanted child after discovering her unborn daughter had a severe brain abnormality.

CHANEL MCGEE

Since the 1920s journalists in the United States have been writing and rewriting codes of ethics. This began because they wanted the public and their own employers to regard them as worthy of respect (and decent pay), with rules, specialized expertise, and lofty purpose _ genuine professionals, just like dentists and accountants. They also wanted guidelines that would keep them both honest and out of court.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, Sept. 23:

A trusted bromide in academia is that you become a better student when you become a teacher. Something like that is happening at Wikipedia.

Edward Snowden appears this month on the cover of Wired magazine from his hideout in Russia, clutching an American flag. It's an image bound to rile folks who consider the former National Security Agency worker more traitor than patriot for leaking classified documents he stole.

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, Sept. 23:

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, Sept. 24:

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, Sept. 23:

A U.N. initiative called HeForShe hopes to encourage male involvement in the fight for women's rights. Men should join the cause.

Last week Barack Obama became the third president of our last four to announce sustained military action in Iraq. The sense of deja vu can be numbing. Everything is not the same, of course, yet even some of the differences this time around contain elements of similarity.

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Saturday, Sept. 20:

The season of sleaze is in full bloom.

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Friday, Sept. 19:

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Friday, Sept. 19:

A man should write this column.

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday, Sept. 17:

The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday, Sept. 17:

I was relieved that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, after waiting over 30 years, finally proved their innocence with the help of DNA evidence and were released from prison in North Carolina.

A potential sea-change occurred Tuesday in the ongoing stories about out-of-control players in the National Football League.

I have borne witness to an execution - not that I wanted to, but because the condemned man whom I had gotten to know over a 10-year period asked me to be there.

In the pecking order of the service economy, housekeepers at hotels and motels are among the hardest working and least recognized.

Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs?

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Sunday, Sept. 14:

Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs?

It was confusing, frustrating, and even - if you dared to admit it - a bit annoying.

"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."

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