Loose fiscal policy is said to doom democracies to despotism.
Readers write about the need for ethics training in the US, bargaining with Afghanistan's tribal leaders, and why OPEC should be dissolved.
Readers write about religious music at schools during the holidays, reducing human population growth to improve the health of the planet, and monitoring teens' use of the Internet.
A brave band of Iraqi women are defying insurgent threats and taking back their streets.
Readers write about retooling the UN Human Rights Council; why auto suppliers need a bailout, too; the Federal Reserve's role in creating the housing bubble; and barring illegal workers from US jobs.
Readers write about whether Israel should release its Palestinian prisoners, thoughts on the passing of columnist Mel Maddocks, and the political tumult in Canada.
We bend over backward to acknowledge religious minorities, yet we single out Christianity for exclusion.
Readers write about how unions would affect the TSA, whether or not Congress should raise the federal gas tax, and Zimbabwe's political power standoff.