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American Sniper

Friday, February 27, 2015

Column: The Crorys Gave Me the Chance of a Lifetime, and Even More

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longtime state representative Elizabeth Crory of Hanover passed away this month at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public …

Raises at Wal-Mart

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wal-Mart would have to go a long way to match Henry Ford’s 1913 salary surprise, when he raised the daily wage at his auto plant …

Column: A Barrier-Breaking Basketball Player Deserves Recognition

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As the NCAA’s “March Madness” approaches, it should be of interest to the hundreds of black basketball players seeking the fame and fortune of making the “big dance” and those youngsters who aspire to be there one day to note the name, William Leon Garrett. Never heard of …

Column: Attention Schools: Iditarod Isn’t Fun for Dogs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good teachers try to bring vitality into their classrooms by using real-life examples to enhance what’s in the curriculum. But just as no conscientious educator would take kids to a strip club for a lesson on “the birds …

Forum, Feb. 24: Hold the Line in Windsor, and Lebanon; Guns and Public Safety

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hold the Line on Taxes, Windsor To the Editor: As a longtime Windsor resident, I feel I must reach out to my fellow working-class property owners. Windsor property taxes have exceeded working-class people’s ability to pay for some time. Think about the impact these taxes are having on …

Teacher Prep Programs Need to Be Accountable

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As if on cue, teacher preparation organizations, college and university education schools, and teachers unions are protesting proposed federal regulations for assessing the quality and impact of teacher preparation programs. Over the past month, my email inbox has been filled with a stream of increasingly dire pleas to …

Column: Use the Nuclear Option; Ban the Filibuster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear. In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will to secure a legacy on …

Column: Me and My Laptop: ‘Modern Family’ Looks at Life With Screens

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Dunphys (et al) have gone digital. In Wednesday’s episode of the ABC comedy Modern Family, Claire Dunphy will try to track down her daughter Haley in the wake of an argument. Sounds like a standard plot, but here’s the catch: The episode will take place on Claire’s …

Column: The Inequality of Retirement Anxiety

Monday, February 23, 2015

When it comes to retirement planning, there are two kinds of people: low-income Americans, who worry about saving enough money, and everybody else. That’s the message of a survey out last week from Bankrate, which asked 4,200 people last month why they weren’t saving more for retirement. You …

Column: Where Officers Don’t Carry Guns

Monday, February 23, 2015

In the United States, it seems obvious that police officers carry guns and are allowed to use them. In other places, however, this would be considered a provocation and a violation of law. In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, officers are unarmed when they are on …

Thailand’s Rule by Force

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nine months after staging a coup against a democratically elected government, Thailand’s military has little to show for it. The economy is stagnant, one of the worst performing in Asia. The national “reconciliation” the generals promised is nowhere to be seen: There are hundreds of political prisoners, and …

Column: Home Ec Still Has a Place in Schools

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My junior high home economics experience wasn’t stellar. I stirred the muffins too long, and if you stir the batter too long, the muffins, instead of being nicely rounded on top and evenly textured inside, turn out more …