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Opinion

In this June 4, 2015,  photo, University of Wisconsin of  Milwaukee associate professor Lorraine Malcoe, second from left, joins other angry educators and supporters in protest by taping their mouths shut outside a Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee. A spokesman for university professors says Gov. Scott Walker's education policy changes that eliminate tenure could embolden faculty in Wisconsin and around the country to become more organized as Walker mounts his expected run for the White House.  (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Randall Balmer: The War on Tenure

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Having crippled Wisconsin’s public employee unions and survived a recall effort, Scott Walker, the state’s governor and a presumptive presidential candidate, has now set his …

Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections …

Steve Nelson: Taking a Look at the ‘Man at the Corner’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I call him “the man at the corner.” He spends most days at the corner of West 80th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, just two …

Editorial: Invest in America the Beautiful

Friday, June 26, 2015

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesties? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes …

Column: HCRS Is Providing Transparency

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent coverage of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in the Valley News has created several impressions that call for clarification. In news articles and editorials the newspaper has discussed losses HCRS incurred in a failed …

Column: Reframe the Argument About Guns

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washington Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying …

Column: Some Cultures Work More, Others Value Leisure

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why do people in some countries work more hours? The most common explanations have to do with labor regulations and taxes, but anyone who travels frequently will notice that work and leisure are valued differently in different places. If this sounds like prejudice, consider the findings of two …

Forum: Don’t Make the Infamous Famous; Fracked Gas Isn’t Clean; The Folly of Policy Governance

Friday, June 26, 2015

Don’t Make the Infamous Famous To the Editor: I understand that the media have a responsibility to report news. They should not make perpetrators of horrendous crimes into celebrities. Yes, celebrities — photos on the front page of newspapers and featured online, detailed description of their lives and …

Column: South Carolina’s Racist History

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African-Americans last week at a Charleston, S.C., church Bible study has drawn the nation’s attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more …

Editorial: The GOP, the Stars and Bars, and Money

Thursday, June 25, 2015

So, all it took was nine members of a black church in Charleston to be gunned down for South Carolina’s governor to decide that the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds? And for Republican …

Column: Scott Walker’s Test of Academic Freedom

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One hundred years ago this month, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin dedicated a bronze plaque commemorating a historic victory for academic freedom. When a distinguished faculty member, economist Richard T. Ely, had been accused of promoting socialism and fomenting disorder through his pro-labor speeches …

Column: Amazon Readers Will Pay by the Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Books were the original “sharing economy.” Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there even was a United States to found it in. Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, which lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at …

Forum: Hood Museum Helps Teachers; Balance in Sports Coverage; Not Ready to Leave Yet

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Hood Museum Helps Teachers To the Editor: The Hood Museum of Art is a terrific community resource, not just because of its free access to “visitors of all ages.” Its mission as a teaching museum reaches far beyond the faculty and students of Dartmouth College. In my …