Opinion

Editorial: Grade Expectations at Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Inflation tends to erode the value of assets, including academic ones, so Dartmouth College deserves extra credit for seeking to curb grade inflation as part of President Phil Hanlon’s initiative to strengthen academics and crack …

Column: Iran’s Love/Hate Relationship With American

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We don’t know why us, but we were allowed to set foot into the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and our guide said we were …

Column: Lax Regulation of Chemicals

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Washington Today’s topic is toxic substances and the appalling gaps in the current law that is supposed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals. For …

Forum, May 2: Bikes, Get Off the Sidewalk; Thanks, Glenn Seward; School Choice

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bikes, Get Off the Sidewalks To the Editor: The sidewalks here in downtown Lebanon are not very wide. There have been people riding bicycles on the sidewalks, and that is safety hazard to pedestrians. It’s bad enough when a little kid or a teenager rides a bicycle on …

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Editorial: Weak Arguments Against Gay Marriage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage illustrated a perhaps underappreciated benefit of bringing such a momentous question before the justices: It enabled both sides to present their best arguments, at length, in a setting that guaranteed they would be thoroughly tested …

Editorial: A Toxic Stew in Baltimore

Friday, May 1, 2015

A city that has lost a third of its population in a half-century; where police have earned notoriety for abusive, vicious and brutal community interactions; where homicide, drug crimes, teenage pregnancy, high school truancy, poverty and joblessness are endemic in some inner-city neighborhoods — it’s not hard to …

Column: ‘Reformicons’ Offer New Ideas to the Right

Friday, May 1, 2015

Last year, a group of mainly young conservative intellectuals made a splash with a document titled Room to Grow, attempting to outline policies that would address the problems, anxieties and worries of the middle class. The so-called Reform Conservative Movement — “Reformicons” for short — got favorable attention …

Column: Walker is Wrong; Immigration Helps U.S.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Many people who take a hard line on immigration will be quick to tell you that it’s only illegal immigration they oppose. The rule of law must be upheld, they argue, and amnesty only rewards lawbreakers. Immigration boosters, including me, have always suspected that this professed concern for …

Forum, May 1: Cruel and Unusual Airplane Seats; Lincoln, Reconsidered Again; Cursive in Our Times

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cruel and Unusual Seats To the Editor: The Valley News regaled us in an editorial last week with another depiction of passengers tormented while trying to maintain a measure of dignity in an airline seat, one that has clearly not been designed for a human being. Be assured, …

Column: Why Baltimore Burns for Freddie Gray

Thursday, April 30, 2015

There are fires in Baltimore. This may add fuel to them, but so be it: Freddie Gray’s April 19th death while in police custody is almost entirely about race. Sure, it’s about community policing policies and standards. It’s …

Editorial: The Tsarnaev Sentence - Death Penalty Won’t Bring Healing

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A federal jury in Boston is now weighing the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted earlier this month of all 30 charges against him for his role in carrying out the horrendous 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in which three people were killed and 264 others wounded. After …

Column: I Was Born in Vietnam, but Woodstock Is Where I Am From

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For most, April means spring. But for me, it also means fall — the 1975 fall of Saigon, which marked an ignominious end to the American military’s involvement in Vietnam. During this frantic period, nearly 3,000 Vietnamese children were evacuated to America in one of the largest civil-military …