Editorial: Protect health care whistleblowers so they can protect us

As with so many stories about health care workers in the pandemic, it was wrenching to read about a dedicated local nurse who died of COVID-19 just two weeks after rushing into the room of a patient who had stopped breathing. The nurse, Celia Marcos, had gone ahead and begun chest compressions, which cause virus-laden air to be expelled forcefully, even though she lacked an N95 mask that would have afforded her the best protection.

Commentary: The unemployment rate may be even worse than it looks

The April unemployment report is at least as bad as economists predicted: Based on a survey of U.S. households, the unemployment rate leaped from 4.4% to 14.7% as nearly 16 million people joined the ranks of the jobless. It was the highest rate recorded since the surveys began in 1948, and the biggest one-month increase.

Commentary: The coronavirus pandemic could lead to fewer births, but not for the reason you think

One of the most famous and influential scholarly works of all time is “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” published in 1798 by English economist Thomas Robert Malthus. His warning that population would increase far faster than food production in normal circumstances — leading to mass poverty and degradation — helped pave the way for eugenics, population control, birth control, environmentalism and more. It also inspired Charles Darwin’s research into evolution, deeply influenced sociology and created, more or less, the field of demographics.

As I See It: Civilization, a word we know

Civilization is a word we know the meaning of when we use it, yet there are many possibilities. I think most of us first picture an organized culture with a minimum of savagery, like our own, or the way we imagine of our own. Civilization is people grouping together for common interest. Too often, it has been corrupted for the interest of a selfish ruling class.