Steve Hochstadt: 2018 was a pretty good year for normal working Americans, because the economic number that matters most, the minimum wage, is heading upwards.
Steve Hochstadt: The idea that this season should encourage generosity, charity, joyfulness and kindness adds a public moral element to private celebrations that goes beyond Christian traditions.
Steve Hochstadt: Developed immediately after the defeat of the South in 1865, the Lost Cause relies on two claims: the War was caused by a conflict over states’ rights, not slavery, and slavery itself was an honorable institution, in which whites and blacks formed contented “families”.
Steve Hochstadt: Behind the pious words that come so easily to politicians’ lips has been a nasty fight over how much money to spend on veterans.
Steve Hochstadt: Between our presidential elections every four years, the congressional races in the midterms give us the best reading, across the country, of how Americans divide themselves between Democrats and Republicans.
Steve Hochstadt: The likelihood of unusually heavy turnout had been discussed for months, but many polling places were unprepared for large numbers of voters.
Steve Hochstadt: Was it a big wave or a little wave or a ripple? Who even knows what those words mean applied to national elections? Numbers are better.
Steve Hochstadt: We make an enormous investment of time into the growth of our children. Observing my granddaughter and her parents day after day, I realize how important is patience to human life.
Steve Hochstadt: The problem is that a few prominent conservative opinion leaders, headed by our President, have gone way beyond incivility to hatred.
Steve Hochstadt: White men, what are you doing? Don’t vote for a sleazy liar, for an abuser of women, for a con man. Pay attention to what women around you think. Have some pride in being a man.
Steve Hochstadt: While national newspapers are weathering this storm, local newspapers are closing. Since 2004, about 1,800 local papers have closed or merged. The smaller the paper, the more likely it would close.
Steve Hochstadt: All of the prominent men who have suddenly found themselves held responsible for their treatment of women, from which they walked away for years, are outraged by their new plight.
Steve Hochstadt: This election campaign brings us a special seasonal offering of nationwide lying, the attack ad, on behalf of people hiding behind the people in tiny print.