Nelson Mandela was a silent icon to a generation of South African parents too frightened to tell their kids about him. That he seized the imagination of youth and inspired them to rise up against apartheid is one of the great ironies of South African history.
Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary life will enrich the great moral debates on war and peace for generations to come. For the moment, however, at the news of his passing, I am thinking about tomatoes – in my garden in South Africa and in Mandela's prison garden.Kurt Shillinger
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named William Bratton to head the NYPD, a job Bratton held in the mid-1990s when crime rates fell. He also has been police chief in Boston and Los Angeles.Brad Knickerbocker
Jameis Winston, star quarterback of the top-ranked Seminoles, will not face rape charges stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted a fellow FSU student last year, a state prosecutor said. The accusation polarized the FSU fan base, tarnishing an otherwise gilded season.Schuyler Velasco
If the US offer to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons is accepted, a ship being retrofitted with portable decontamination units in Virginia will be sent to do the job. 'Nothing will be dumped at sea,' a Pentagon official said.Anna Mulrine
With the United Nations Security Council approval of a French-African Union force in the chaotic Central African Republic, the next step should be restoring Christian-Muslim harmony, village by village.the Monitor's Editorial Board