Tips for International Travel

Two back-to-back international trips this year — to Germany and South Africa — gave me a good reason to brush up on my world-traveler skills. Here are the main things I think about when I’m planning a trip abroad. Phoning home. How I am going to communicate? I mainly use Skype. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make international calls. There are similar applications for phones, including Viber and WhatsApp, that allow you to text, call and send photos and …

The Newest Challenge to Voting

The right to vote. Seems like it was settled a long time ago, when we gave women the vote, did away with poll taxes and lowered the voting age to 18. But voter ID requirements, most recently proof-of-citizenship requirements, continue to raise new challenges to casting a ballot in many states – especially for minority, poor or older Americans. Last week, a federal trial court judge in Wichita, Kan., ruled that Kansas and Arizona could require voters to provide proof …