David Calhoun’s Boeing criticism misses its most deserving target

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Boeing’s leadership showed little reason to have faith the company would soon be righted. But now that 737 MAX-related business woes have been deepened by an economy-crippling virus outbreak, there’s a greater urgency to getting Boeing’s fundamentals in sustainable shape for the long term. The $60 billion federal bailout Boeing seeks for itself and its industry shows that these are desperate times that require drastic measures.

Shortage of easily made products needed to fight virus is indefensible

In 1939, two years before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor drew the United States into World War II, the U.S. military was an anemic force in which Army troops still used horses to pull around artillery. Then an emergency buildup ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt transformed U.S. automakers’ manufacturing plants into extraordinarily efficient producers of tanks, guns, airplane engines and more.

Sanders’ graceful exit would change history for the better

Two years before the 2016 election, pundits sneered when Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he might run for president because he thought the Democratic Party had lost touch with millions of disaffected Americans. Chris Cillizza, then with the Washington Post, gave Sanders the worst odds of 10 potential Democratic candidates and said the self-declared democratic socialist was “doomed to the margins of the race.”

Ways you can help ease suffering

The coronavirus outbreak may have you feeling scared, frustrated and powerless. In stressful times, there’s a tendency to panic and, say, buy up all the pasta and bottled water. But we’re all in this together, and it’s far better for all involved if we choose to help our fellow humans rather than rip the last roll of toilet paper from their hands. There are many ways to do so. Here are a few ideas:

Trump’s China-bashing might make his base happy, but it puts everyone at risk

It seemed for a moment that the challenge of leading a nation through a global pandemic might have tempered President Trump’s worst impulses to settle scores, blame others and promote his own political fortunes. Then he said Wednesday that he was invoking the Defense Production Act to help fight “our war against the Chinese virus.”

How to limit hoarding and keep America’s hands clean

“What happened to the soap?” That’s what many Americans might be thinking as they wander forlornly through the aisles of local grocery stores (always careful, of course, to maintain a 6-foot distance from other customers).

This is not a drill: It’s time to prepare for an economic recession

As much as the nation’s elected leaders from the White House to statehouses have found themselves at the vanguard of health care policy in recent days, taking dramatic actions to close schools, churches and businesses to lessen the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, the day is swiftly coming for equally decisive action to protect the nation’s economy from the worst of a looming recession.

Mr. President, please stop calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’

On Monday, President Donald Trump finally struck the appropriate tone and, standing alongside respected public health officials such as Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, offered sound advice and real leadership on what Americans can and should be doing to combat spread of the coronavirus.

Biden’s running mate: Darn right, it ought to be a woman

As the first African American woman ever elected to Congress and later the first African American as well as the first woman to run for the presidential nomination of a major political party, the late Shirley Chisholm more than once observed that she faced more discrimination in the political arena for being a woman than for being black.

America without sports: Coronavirus prompts a national timeout

Sports isn’t just a diversion for Americans. It’s a connection. It binds us as lovers of the double steal, the buzzer-beating three-pointer, the slap shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Yes, an evening of sports serves as salve for a troubling day at work, a bout of boredom or a breakup. But it also binds us with a sense of community. Sports are personal.