This week's round-up of commentaries covers Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Apple and Facebook paying for female employees to freeze their eggs, why an education doesn't give youth a successful future in Latin America, China's economic slowdown, and India's battle against tobacco companies.
Letters to the Editor for Oct. 27, 2014 weekly magazine:Brown: The First Amendment gives all US citizens the right to “freedom of speech," which includes political donations.Hughes: Protecting animals is a common cause.Frank: Malala Yousafzai in an inspiration because of her unrelenting advocating for girls’ right to education.
The attack on Parliament by a Canadian convert to Islam brings a call to avoid this response: hatred. Islamic State thrives on hatred, either in the West or among Muslims.
Even as more voters become hard ideologues, the middle grows for those who want candidates who can make compromises. The politics of trench warfare needs to change.
The leader of Hong Kong admits that allowing open choice for election candidates would give too much power to the city's large population of poor people. The protests are aimed at challenging such paternalistic governance, a model China promotes to the world.
Apple's launch of its mobile payment system for stores could crack open a new market, but also show how to retain and expand customer respect for the finance industry.
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 3, 2014 weekly magazine:Greene: As a child I was disciplined in the same way that Adrian Peterson disciplined his son, and though I am not for child abuse, there is nothing wrong with physical discipline. McPherson: Corporal punishment is never necessary. Elmasian: Conservatives trust three news outlets while the left trusts nine sources.