Columnists

The middle ground in the abortion argument | Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist

“Are you anti-abortion?” That question, from a colleague, caught me by surprise. After all, she knows I’ve written a number of pro-abortion rights columns. “I know you’re pro-choice,” she added, reading my mind. “But I was wondering if you’re anti-abortion.” I knew where this was coming from. She had just finished reading the first draft...

Northwest Voices

2016 elections: Democrats should make a case for big government | Letter to the editor

When PBS debate moderator Judy Woodruff asked Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, “How big should government be?” in Thursday night’s Democratic debate, they both missed an opportunity. Republicans are adept at linking proposals to shrink the size and scope of government to a particular conception of “freedom” and “liberty.” Democrats, in contrast, too often jump...