Ross suggests term limits for the major op-ed pages. I think it's a pretty good idea. Most of all, though, I'd like to see The New York Times abandon its twice-a-week frequency. The Times' current practice seems implicitly based on the idea that the number of truly worthwhile columnists is so tiny that it's better to accept the hit in quality that comes from making the columnists write so frequently than it would be to water-down the page.
But surely the reverse is the case. It's a great big world out there, and having the columnists write less frequently would let all of them write better and open up the space for a greater variety of voices. Instead of David Brooks twice a week, Brooks once a week and an interesting libertarian like Virginia Postrel once a week. That kind of thing. It seems like no-brainer to me. Surely this is a sufficiently desirable job that they could have their pick of writers from all throughout the country.
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