March 6, 2014
On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers fired into an unruly crowd, killing five American civilians in an incident known as the Boston Massacre. Facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty, the soldiers had difficulty finding someone to defend them in court. John Adams agreed to represent them not because he sympathized with their circumstances but because he believed that they had a right to a legal defense. He succeeded, too, as six of the soldiers were acquitted and two convicted only of manslaughter.
March 5, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is "bad policy" because it will cause job losses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a minimum wage increase would be a job killer. Republicans and the chamber also say unions are job killers, workplace safety regulations are job killers, environmental regulations are job killers, and the Affordable Care Act is a job killer.The California Chamber of Commerce even publishes an annual list of "job killers," including almost any measures that lift wages or protect workers and the environment.
January 19, 2014
Two years after someone fired 18 bullets into his body, we finally know the reason Gregory McFadden died such a brutal death at the age of 27 in West Baltimore. He turned his back on a guy. It was disrespect, a malady that inflames the male ego and makes young men do terrible things. Disrespect has been around for centuries, of course, but its consequences have been particularly lethal in the age of the high-powered handgun. Killing someone because he disrespected you is a phenomenon that no amount of police power or community vigilance can seem to stop.
September 23, 2013
Your editorial, "Rampage in Washington" (Sept. 18), was both well-written and absolutely right on. Our culture of violence has, indeed, spawned such horrific acts, culminating in the recent shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, and it is impossible to know where to start answering the inevitable questions. You ask, "Would [Aaron] Alexis have been moved to kill had he not been influenced by the violent video games he is said to have been fascinated by?" You also describe "a culture that celebrates violence and allows so many to become disconnected.
September 17, 2013
The Sun editorial board's claim that the minimum wage has lost ground to inflation is misleading ("Raises wages - no strings attached," Sept. 9). The minimum wage is actually worth 6 percent more than it was 20 years ago. And if you pegged the minimum wage to inflation from its creation in 1938, rather than cherry-picking a date that provides a better talking point, it would be just over $4 an hour - far below the current $7.25. The fact of the matter is that minimum wage hikes kill jobs.
August 7, 2013
Killer Mike is unimpressed with the recent trend of rappers name-dropping painters to signify wealth and status. The 38-year-old Atlanta rapper was an "art student nerd" in high school, so hearing Jean-Michel Basquiat's name turn into a rap cliche grates him a bit. "I'm not mad that people are getting exposed to art," said Killer Mike, who performs with El-P as Run the Jewels at 9:30 Club on Saturday. "But real artists, from Michelangelo to Picasso, hated rich people. They hated their benefactors.