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Jay Ambrose

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2014: year of overreaction

By Jay Ambrose January 4, 2015 6 a.m.

So, 2014 is done for. It was a year that happily ended with a pickup in the economy and other blessings but also had its excruciating moments and sometimes something making those moments and others in the further past worse: inappropriate or overreaching reactions.

Ambrose: Art employed in quest for climate change fix

By Jay Ambrose December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

When Todd Siler was 12 years old, he asked what the point of the universe was. To help find out, he later became the only one ever to get an art-and-psychology Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has since painted up a storm, thought up a storm, and is now collaborating with a scientist to give us a new boundless energy supply that could end global warming fears.

Ambrose: An opportunity for Obama

By Jay Ambrose November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Though he just may muff it, as he has muffed so much in this presidency of his, Barack Obama has just been handed a golden opportunity to rescue his legacy and to start doing some amazingly wondrous things for this country of ours, things he himself has said he wants.

Ambrose: New hope for solving social woes

By Jay Ambrose October 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Hallelujah, fellow citizens. There's a relatively new idea trotting about in the land. It offers great hope of addressing persistent, heartrending social problems effectively and without waste, it is backed by conservatives and liberals, and it could ultimately replace a system that has provided far too little for far too much.

Ambrose: Compromise on immigration possible

By Jay Ambrose September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama wanted to try out another experiment in unilateral government, was persuaded it would hurt Democrats in the coming election, and backed up. The trick he had in mind — finding ways to make some illegal immigrants legal without the approval of Congress — now won't happen until after November. Then, however, we just might get a storm for which no shelters are yet constructed.

Ambrose: Will Republicans back conservative anti-poverty plan?

By Jay Ambrose August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Here they come, a charging brigade, conservatives who just might win a fresh war on poverty and otherwise help the down and out because of compassion that hardly stands alone. It is accompanied by analytical soundness.

Ambrose: Foreign policy flounders

By Jay Ambrose July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The world is lately an unstable mess, as crazily off balance as at any time in the past 3½ decades, says a recent front-page story in The Wall Street Journal, and it's clearly, frighteningly true.

Ambrose: Former 'Weatherman' Bill Ayers still misses the point

By Jay Ambrose July 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Bill Ayers is back again, though not the same as in his youth, thank heavens. That would mean boom, boom, boom, bombs going off everyplace, and this time it was more nearly blip, blip, blip, noises made ineffectually by him in a Fox News TV debate that showed he was just as amiss as ever, both intellectually and morally.

Ambrose: Libel suits can mute essential debate

By Jay Ambrose June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Libel — a falsity that smears a reputation — can be dreadful, and you ought to be able to sue and maybe win money if untrue, harmful things are being publicized about you. But watch out in public debates, because, if people are then allowed to sue too easily, they can squeeze needed discussion to puniness, as the Supreme Court recognized in a case against The New York Times half a century ago.

Ambrose: Picking on Piketty's fiscal thesis

By Jay Ambrose May 25, 2014 6 a.m.

It can happen, I suspect, to any of us. Someone comes along with major thoughtfulness, lays it out in an enticing book that happens to lend aid and comfort to our ideological druthers, and we shout its praises and sneer at those who don't.

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