Letters to the Editor for the December 16, 2013 weekly magazine:Citizens need to know how the candidates and the issues affect their state before they cast their votes. And the Democratic Party needs to be honest about why candidates win or lose.Calls for US support of religious freedom will be sanctimonious hypocrisy as long as we fail to insist on real democracy and a fully secular resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Congress is considering legislation that would punish China for devaluing its currency, a policy the Obama administration regards as hindering US jobs growth. But some say protectionism is even more costly.
States' Medicaid programs will have to grow dramatically to meet the demands of healthcare reform. Those states that have already started the process could come out ahead financially.
Candidate Obama opposed new free-trade agreements and wanted to renegotiate NAFTA. A global slump has changed his mind.
Recognition is growing in the military that soldiers' injuries put extra hardships on immediate family members.