BOSTON — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike across New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has …
Jeff JacobyIt's obnoxious when politicians do this. For rabbis to do it—to automatically take one side in a labor dispute & claim Jewish law supports them—is disgraceful.
Jewish law favors compromise & peacemaking, not knee-jerk support for unions. This is tref.
Weld, who served as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997, announced Monday that he would become the first — and possibly only — primary challenger to President Trump.
Jeff Jacoby“I am in second place,” @GovBillWeld joked about the two-person contest. “Kamala Harris would love to be in second place.”
Too soon to tell how serious Weld is about his primary challenge to Trump. But not to soon to enjoy his whimsical way of speaking!
Society punishes convicted felons by denying them control over their own affairs. Letting them exercise control over society’s affairs by voting would be irrational and unjust.
Jeff JacobyShould criminals in prison be allowed to vote? @BernieSanders says yes. But there is good reason why 48 states prohibit felons from voting behind bars. Give burglars & rapists the same political influence as their victims? Unthinkable!
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Jeff Jacoby#BernieSanders wants prisoners to vote. But the very point of incarceration is to deprive criminals of key rights: the right to liberty, to own a gun, to privacy — and to vote. Felons are jailed b/c they're unfit to join in normal civic life.
Jeff JacobyThe whole point of putting criminals in prison is that they DON'T deserve to participate in American democracy. We remove them from society and deprive them of basic rights — including the right to vote.
As it happens, I wrote about this last week
Used with prudence and restraint, filibusters protect the minority’s right to be heard, foster deliberation, and promote compromise.
Jeff JacobyThe foremost champions of killing the filibuster are two polarizing brawlers, @SenWarren & @realDonaldTrump. Beware. If they get their way, nothing will be left to restrain a bare Senate majority from bulldozing all minority opposition.
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Jeff JacobyRather than scrap the filibuster, as some would like, the Senate should revive the pre-1970, "Mr. Smith Goes Washington" rules. Back when senators had to filibuster in person, filibusters were rare and the Senate worked better.
My Sunday column explains
William Jacobs, 99, who died March 2, was a longtime biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite for 11 days in February 1946.
Jeff JacobyLost in Yosemite for 11 days in a snowstorm with no food or fire, he kept his mind occupied by trying to remember themes from classical music. His great regret? That he hadn't danced enough.
This obituary is the most interesting thing I've read all week.
New legislation could prevent the IRS from creating its own free filing software in the future.
Jeff JacobyHey, don’t stop there, @AOC! Why not have all our income go directly to the IRS, and then have it send us only as much as we really need?
So much more efficient that way, no? So much more #socialist, too.
Jeff JacobyIsrael's #Beresheet spacecraft is scheduled to cross the finish line today! A livestream of the lunar touchdown begins at 2:45 EDT, as Israel becomes only the 4th nation to accomplish a landing on the Moon.
Neither Netanyahu fatigue nor the rise of a centrist alternative changed the basic math of Israel’s political culture. The question is whether the right’s dominance will survive the prime minister’s legal woes.
Jeff Jacoby"The Israeli left, which once dominated the country’s politics, has disintegrated," writes @jonathans_tobin. American liberals cling to the land-for-peace myth, but "most Israelis disabused themselves of that destructive fairy tale a long time ago."
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Jeff JacobyWho's lying? Who's telling the truth? And what does Shakespeare say?
"Burden of Proof" is the theme of this year's Shakespeare & the Law event in Boston on April 29, with federal judges, prominent lawyers … and me!
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