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Opinion Columns & Blogs

Black-white wage gap is unexplained – and scary

There are few economic problems more frustrating than the stubborn gaps in wages and unemployment rates between blacks and whites. Despite decades of trying to reduce or eliminate these gaps, black workers continue to experience higher unemployment rates and lower wages than whites. That’s true even after correcting for age, education and occupational differences. This is not a formula for racial harmony.

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The middle-class comeback is real

In June, Gallup found that 62 percent put themselves in the broadly defined middle class, while only 36 percent classified themselves as working class or lower class. The shifts, said Gallup, began in 2016 and demonstrated “that subjective social class identification has stabilized close to the prevailing pattern observed before 2009.”

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The message in the storm

Storms of the Harvey variety will become not one-in-1,000-year events but one-in-100. The least we can do is exercise our free will to mitigate the effects of human activities on global warming to the extent possible.

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