Opinion

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- How big a deal was Marco Rubio’s speech to CPAC Thursday? If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long. Rubio is the 38-year-old former speaker of the Florida House and a conservative challenger to the state’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, in the GOP Senate primary. If you are asking, what is CPAC? you probably aren’t a conservative Republican. CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is, for several days every winter, the epicenter of the conservative movement; Ronald Reagan spoke before the group a dozen times.

  • Feb 27th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — The most striking part of Sen. Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement was his on-air job application. He’d be interested in managing a business, Bayh suggested, heading a university, or maybe running a charity.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON— Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. Well, not role model, exactly, but improbable heroine. When her cheating, blubbering, disappearing-with-his-soul-mate husband turned up on national television to confess that he had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jenny Sanford was neither standing by his side nor crawling into a hole.

  • Feb 13th, 2010

The health care debate

One morning, at the breakfast table, while eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, your chest begins to hurt. The pain worsens and you feel breathless. You briefly consider the possibility that what you’re eating really are pebbles.

  • Feb 6th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON — My husband and I were away last week — working, but away. My mother was watching the kids, but she also works. So it was particularly important, I told my new but already somewhat spotty baby sitter, that she turn up on time, every day.

  • Feb 6th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

WASHINGTON -- This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof…

Ruth Marcus

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired…

  • Jan 25th, 2010

Ruth Marcus

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired…

  • Jan 16th, 2010

Participate in the U.S. Census | Editorial

2010 is an important year. We will participate in the 23rd U.S. Census to determine our nation’s population. The census is mandated every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution; the results are used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding.

  • Jan 12th, 2010

Homeless count scheduled for January 28

San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons (PIT) on Thursday, January 28. Prior to that date it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodm

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired at the end of 2009.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Letting Go Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There is something fitting about writing my last column on…

  • Jan 5th, 2010

Women Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It is one of those moments when I feel like…

  • Dec 24th, 2009

Hooked on Shame Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Things being what they are, I’m delighted when any newspaper…

  • Dec 18th, 2009

A Backlash of Mistrust Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Is there such a thing as communications malpractice? If so,…

  • Nov 30th, 2009

Lipstick on a Rogue Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to hand it to Sarah Palin. I don’t…

  • Nov 20th, 2009

The False Choice Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It was one of those small shocks that come unexpectedly…

  • Nov 14th, 2009

What option for Afghan Women? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It’s been 11 years since I looked through a photo…

  • Nov 7th, 2009

In Pursuit of Happiness Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Not long ago a group of writers decided to publish…

  • Oct 30th, 2009

A $250 Donation Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- This story begins, as do so many dramas, at the…

  • Oct 25th, 2009

The Gay Divorce Fandango Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- I suppose there is something charming about watching conservative politicians…

  • Oct 9th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

A Question of Health -- And EqualityBOSTON -- My favorite moment so…

  • Oct 2nd, 2009

Now, Where Was I? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There was a time when I considered myself a champion…

  • Sep 25th, 2009

Clinging to Civility Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- For me, the real Obama moment of this back-to-work season…

  • Sep 18th, 2009

Grateful To Have A Job Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There was a New Yorker cartoon last spring picturing a…

  • Sep 11th, 2009

His Own Man Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- So the family will be gathering again. No, not the…

  • Aug 28th, 2009

The Equal Rites Awards Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Every year at this time, we prepare to celebrate Aug.…

  • Aug 27th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is on vacation; this column by E.J. Dionne is a…

  • Aug 3rd, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Taking On ‘Big Food’BOSTON -- What caught my eye was not just…

  • Jul 24th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Clarence Thomas, a fierce advocate for impartiality, has said with icy passion,…

  • Jul 18th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

  • Jul 13th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Ellen GoodmanDepending On YouJuly 2, 2009BOSTON -- This is probably not the…

Ellen Goodman

Depending On YouBOSTON -- This is probably not the best week to…

  • Jul 6th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Journalism In A Twitter Era BOSTON -- From time to time, a…

  • Jun 29th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

opinion column

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman

Michelle Obama brings ‘First Garden’ to the White House | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a “shovel-ready project.” There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If Americans follow the first family’s lead, the seed pack will become the new stimulus package. At least we’ll have something to do with those pitchforks after the AIG bonus babies surrender their money.