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The lost and the entitled

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts is away. Today's column is by Robert Koehler.

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off.

He slid a canister of Endust toward me. "Spray the cloth," he said, "not the machine."

I started choking on my sense of humiliation. This ...Read more

George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be.

"Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled children. "But where is it written, that we must act as if we do not care, as if we are not moved? Well, I am ...Read more

This is what actual election tampering looks like

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I said it before, I'll say it again.

"As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the case that the GOP cannot win if all voters vote. It cannot win, in other words, without cheating." That observation, made in this space a few weeks...Read more

Have fury for a system, and society, that regards some as throwaway people to be given throwaway justice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

No one even knows how many girls there were.

Federal prosecutors identified 36. In “Perversion of Justice,”a stunning piece of investigative work by Julie K. Brown that was published last week, the Miami Herald reported that it has found 80. But accounts given by the...Read more

The day we used tear gas against children

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it's a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter.

Morality matters, too. And on Sunday, by that measure at least, this country seemed rather small. That, of course, was the day we used tear gas against ...Read more

A few words about 'us' and 'them'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"All life is interrelated." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -- John Lennon

A few words about "us" and "them."

It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating from when the first person sparked the first fire. It's a division that has been painful, bloody -- and useful. ...Read more


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