Use of algorithms can perpetuate bias

For most of us, the word “algorithm” is fairly new to our vocabulary. But badly designed decision-making algorithms have a growing impact on our lives and can do a great deal of damage.

Et tu, Ted? Why deregulation failed

Nobody is ever fully prepared for natural disaster. When hurricanes, blizzards or tsunamis strike they always reveal weaknesses — failure to plan, failure to invest in precautions.

Rush in the arena

Rush Limbaugh, who died Wednesday at 70, was, to liberals, leftists and maybe to a good number of people in the political center, an agitator and showman at best, and, at worst, a lout, a loudmouth and a demagogue.

US leadership can help end the crisis in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s worsening civil war, which has already drawn in Eritrea and is now spilling over into Sudan, threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, with alarming humanitarian consequences. American leadership is urgently needed to restore peace.

Rainy Side View: A welcomed shot in the arm

I got my first COVID-19 shot and am awaiting the second. The only reason I’m in line after medical and other essential workers is because of seniority, so if you’re thinking there are no advantages to getting old, think again.

Join us at sustainability summit

Whenever I need to write something important that is longer than a page, I find that it helps to allow the topic to rattle around in my head for a while. I found that in graduate school, that period lasted about three weeks on average, and then I would pull the proverbial all-nighter and the words would pour forth.

Conquering hunger in the United States

As the pandemic throws millions of Americans out of work, cars line up for miles outside food banks across the country. COVID-19 did not create the crisis of hunger in the United States, but it has exposed its root cause. Hint: it’s not a shortage of food.

Schools need more help to reopen safely

The COVID-19 relief bill being considered by Congress would provide schools with $130 billion in new flexible funds, the largest one-time federal investment in K-12 education in U.S. history.

After Rush Limbaugh, America struggles with how to unite

Dead at the age of 70 is the talented, tenacious and tremendously influential voice that more than any other built conservative talk radio. We don’t enjoy speaking ill of the recently deceased. May Rush Limbaugh, who suffered the ravages of lung cancer, rest in peace.

Sugary drinks tax good for Hawaii

The 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks proposed in a number of House and Senate bills this year has been discussed in the media in terms of the revenue it will raise: an estimated $65 million per year.

Help our faltering postal system and stop the mail delays

It was one thing for holiday gifts and Christmas cards to arrive a little late because of delays at the United States Postal Service. In fact, some people found it a bit amusing, and a little nice, to get a gift a month or more late and be to able extend the holiday cheer. What is no laughing matter is all the other heartache, inconvenience and threat to people’s livelihoods and health that backlogs in deliveries has caused. And there seems to be no end in sight to the troubles.

The GOP has made pariahs of 17 who confronted Trump. They are heroes

In what has become a national trend, state-level Republican Party leaders in North Carolina and Louisiana have censured, respectively, Republican Sens. Richard Burr and Bill Cassidy. Their offense? Accepting reality and standing up for democracy by voting to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Shame on Cuomo for misleading the public for so long

We don’t hold New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration personally liable for the deaths of more than 40,000 New Yorkers from COVID-19, or for the more than 15,000 nursing home and adult care facility residents among that tally. Anyone who currently claims, with what information is available, that they can lay blame for all those deaths at Cuomo’s feet is being disingenuous.