Trudy Rubin: As new White House leadership takes shape, much to give thanks for
Like many Americans, I didn’t fly to a family gathering at Thanksgiving this year – the first time I’d missed it in decades.That got me thinking about the origins of the holiday — beyond the set piece of Mayflower pilgrims and Indians, and beyond the annual turkey gorge fest and Black Friday sales.Rereading a little history I learned that it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In his proclamation Lincoln urged all Americans to ask God to “heal the wounds of the nation.”I thought of Lin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...
Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
Auto review: 2021 Hyundai Venue offers less for less
2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition: An old Soul?Price: $23,305 as tested. Carpeted floor mats ($135) were the lone option.Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the controls, fuel economy, and braking, but not “the ride, noise, fit and finish, or rear seat.”Marketer’s pitch: “Small SUV. Big city hustle.”Reality: Definitely has the flavor of the original Kia Soul in so many ways.What’s new: Hyundai added the Venue to its lineup in 2020. Though like the Soul, it’s smaller, and no all-wheel-drive version is offered. It’s an attractive little box, looking like a kiddie-cart version of the Palis...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: The 2021 Genesis G90 supplies what American automakers once delivered, but no longer do
There seems to be some impression that the best cars have rock-firm suspensions sure to shatter your vertebrae. Yes, a firm suspension provides exceptional cornering ability, but what works best on racetrack isn’t always what works best in the real world, where clogged arteries and crumbling highways, not glass-smooth race track, are a fact of life.That’s what makes the 2021 Genesis G90 so welcome. In an era where most Americans have become truck drivers in a mistaken belief that they need a glorified station wagon with all-wheel drive, the Genesis is a reassuring nod to tradition — a full-siz...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: It's a bird, it's a plane … it's the 702-horse Ram TRX supertruck
Flying at over 65 mph in a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX — four feet off the ground — is when you realize that there’s not much pickups can’t do anymore. Hold that image, and let me catch you up.The 702-horsepower TRX — pronounced T. rex — is the most powerful truck made.But it’s much more than a rocket-sled. It’s like the recent crop of insane high-performance supercars I’ve tested — McLaren GT, Porsche 911 Turbo, Chevy Corvette C8 — that defy the laws of on-road physics while surrounding you in luxury. The TRX is an off-road weapon with the interior of a Bellagio Hotel suite.This remarkable versatility ...
The Detroit News
Auto review: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus adds big screen, colors, connectivity for feature updates
Lincoln’s Nautilus midsize luxury SUV gets a new interior and significant connectivity improvements when the 2021 model arrives in dealerships early next year. The Nautilus will also go into production then in China, a growing market for Lincoln. North American versions of the SUV will continue to come from the Oakville, Ontario, plant that’s always built the Nautilus and its predecessor, the MKX.The most immediately noticeable changes include luxurious new Black Label models and a 13.2-inch touch screen — biggest on any Lincoln — connected to the latest version of Ford’s Sync voice recognitio...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: 'Latinos' and the election
Mainstream media outlets are struggling to explain “Latino” political behaviors and voting patterns in the wake of the 2020 election. They are just as shocked today by the results as they were in 2016, and as they have been every four years since at least 1980.Back then it was the “Hispanic” vote. Now it’s the “Latino” vote. Who knows? Maybe in 2024 it will be the “Latinx” vote that the media will be interested in ascertaining.The press may change its language, but it never seems to learn from its errors in writing about communities of Latin American descent. One recent report highlighted the ...
Tribune News Service
Danny Westneat: 'You don't expect to be so vilified': The strange turn the pandemic took for public health workers
Remember in the spring, the pot-banging? People would come out on their porches in the evening to rally for the health workers — to say, collectively for just a minute or two, that we were thankful for the effort.That spirit seems years away to Anna Halloran.“There’s a large segment of the population that hates the health department right now, that thinks we’re lying,” says Halloran, a communicable disease epidemiologist in Spokane, Washington.Halloran works for the Spokane Regional Health District, which recently fired its top health officer, Dr. Bob Lutz. He was sort of the Dr. Anthony Fauci...
The Seattle Times
Dahleen Glanton: Pandemic hoarding isn't the same as regular hoarding, is it?
I have learned a lot about myself during the coronavirus pandemic, as many of you probably have as well.While stuck at home for weeks, I played around in the kitchen and found that I could make a pretty decent chicken noodle soup using all fresh ingredients. It will be a staple in my home during this next phase of the pandemic.I also realized that I’m a hoarder.I don’t think I’m as bad as the people you see on TV clinging onto a coat hanger because they fear they might need it someday. I consider myself a situational hoarder. The pandemic made me do it.Like most people, I was unprepared when C...