There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.
According to more leaks from Edward Snowden, the NSA collects "nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." Jeff Danziger sees it as unwelcome holiday news, while Lee Judge believes Americans sacrificed their privacy long ago.
December 7, 2013 By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
December 7, 2013 Many have lead countries, but very few have created nations as Nelson Mandela did as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Nick Anderson celebrates his indomitable spirit, while Bob Englehart notes that it's up to those left behind to keep "Madiba's" legacy alive.
December 6, 2013 Last week commentator Alva Noë drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.
December 6, 2013 Detroit was found eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which could allow the city to avoid billions of dollars in pension and other retiree benefits. Rick McKee blames the city for ignoring the gravity of its situation, while Signe Wilkinson fears that the decision is a bad sign for all retired government employees.