Jeff Jacoby

Posted December 21, 2014

AFTER FIVE YEARS in a Cuban dungeon, American aid contractor Alan Gross was finally freed Wednesday, his release part of a deal to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Posted December 14, 2014

Journalists, says Jorge Ramos, shouldn't make a fetish of accuracy and impartiality.

Posted December 08, 2014

It has always made Americans uncomfortable to think of their nation as the world's policeman.

Posted December 04, 2014

'THE LOUDER he talked of his honor," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1860, "the faster we counted our spoons." As a resident of Massachusetts, Emerson knew better than to take at face value anything public officials say about their own rectitude. That was a prudent attitude a century and a half ago. It's just as prudent now.

Posted November 30, 2014

In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in three.

Posted November 29, 2014

Patrick, the Commonwealth's 71st chief executive, will be succeeded in January by Charlie Baker, and by tradition each incoming governor chooses the portrait of a predecessor to hang in the corner office.

Posted November 23, 2014

BY THE THOUSANDS they streamed to Yanuh-Jat, Israelis of every description making their way on Wednesday to the remote northern Galilee district, where a fallen hero was to be buried with full honors.

Posted November 19, 2014

The second open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway, and the law is more unpopular than ever.

Posted November 12, 2014

Oil prices are plunging. Gasoline is now cheaper than milk. Why doesn't Washington do something already?

Posted November 10, 2014

In the first 48 hours, more than a million East Germans crossed over. Many were keen to see the Kurfurstendamm, West Berlin's glittering shopping boulevard a paradise unknown in the drab and shortage-plagued East.

Posted November 05, 2014

Of course it was only by happenstance that former Mayor Thomas Menino died just days before the 2014 election, and that his funeral at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park coincided with the closing hours of all the campaigns whose outcomes would be decided on Tuesday.

Posted November 02, 2014

One of the year's most effective campaign ads was first aired last March by Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, then a relatively unknown candidate for the US Senate.

Posted October 29, 2014

Democracies and dynasties don't mix.

Posted October 26, 2014

On October 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. On Oct. 15, county clerks in the state for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Posted October 23, 2014

OVER ON the Metro page, my Boston Globe colleague Yvonne Abraham coaxed the Massachusetts gubernatorial hopefuls into taking the Proust Questionnaire, a survey of personality and values regularly featured in Vanity Fair magazine. The responses she received from Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley, and independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick weren't as daring as those of some of the luminaries who have submitted to the questionnaire over the years, but they were more revealing than you might have expected from political candidates with an election scant weeks away.

Posted October 12, 2014

Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, is the mother of an adorable 2-year-old girl named Payton, whom she and her partner call a "dream come true" and love with all their heart.

Posted October 08, 2014

IF ATTORNEY GENERAL Martha Coakley uttered the word "Republican" even once in last night's televised gubernatorial debate, I missed it. For a Democrat hoping to win the highest office in one of the nation's bluest states, it was a mystifying omission.

Posted October 06, 2014

THE ELDERLY are such a pain, aren't they? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel thinks so. Half of those older than 80 have "functional limitations," the prominent health policy analyst and key ObamaCare architect writes in the October issue of The Atlantic.

Posted October 01, 2014

THERE IS a transfixing passage in the High Holy Day liturgy, recited on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which depicts God sitting in judgment of mankind, reviewing each person's deeds and deciding who will live and who will die.

Posted September 29, 2014

On Election Day, I plan to vote for Question 3, the ballot initiative to repeal the Massachusetts casino law.