Columns

Column: Many Share Blame in St. Paul’s School Case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surfing on television the other day, I lingered on a movie, Little Miss Sunshine, only long enough to hear the irascible Alan Arkin, with typical Hollywood tastelessness and cynicism, advise his pretend grandson to get all the sex he can while a teenager, especially with younger girls who he objectifies in solicitous terms. But he warned the young man not to do so after he reached the ripe old age …

Column: Markets Fluctuate; Retirees Need Security

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Volatility in the stock market over the last couple of weeks has caused enormous unease among investors big and small. Tens of millions of people with much of their retirement money in the market are worried about seeing a sudden plunge in prices. Many of these people will sell their stock to protect themselves from further losses, which demonstrates the basic problem with …

Column: Stop the Insanity of Weak Gun Regulation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman. Since then, I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make my life’s work trying to implement effective and reasonable safeguards against this happening again. In …

Column: Raising Pandas for Profit

Monday, August 31, 2015

With spin that would make even P.T. Barnum blush, the keepers at the National Zoo are claiming that taking newborn cubs away from panda mother Mei Xiang is for her own benefit. She has strenuously resisted losing her …

Column: Islamic State Needs Oil Money

Monday, August 31, 2015

The battle for Baiji, site of one of Iraq’s major oil refineries, is heating up again. Since May, Islamic State fighters have been chipping away at the Iraqi government’s control. Now it seems possible that the empty city and the shuttered refinery could fall. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar …

Column: Questions for the Next Debate

Monday, August 31, 2015

In a few weeks, the Republicans will hold their second presidential debate, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s bound to be a doozy. The continued ascent of Donald Trump, and his unmitigated displays of ego, id, …

Column: Goodell Takes a Page From the Autocrat’s Playbook

Saturday, August 29, 2015

On the surface, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is acting strangely in the “Deflategate” controversy. He launched an expensive crusade against one of the league’s great players over what is at most a tiny rules infraction, without much evidence. …

Column: Meet Roger Stone, Practitioner of the Political Dark Arts

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Oh, I went to an orgy there once.” That was Roger Stone’s response after I answered his question on my New York City hotel of choice. He’s standing shirtless and wearing khakis inside his pied-a-terre on the Upper …

Column: How Do You Say Awkward Moment in French?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Admit it: when you have friends in from out of town, you like confusing them with a little harmless local lingo. “Want to run down to West Leb to check out the Power House?” Or, “What’s your mood: …

Steve Nelson: Real Men, Real Guns

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” This absurd gun rights excuse has been offered again in the wake of the highly publicized and utterly horrifying murders of a television reporter and cameraman in Virginia. Offensive NRA propaganda aside, I’ll concede that the problem is indeed that people …

Column: So Much to Do in the Upper Valley, So Little Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It appeared to be a mirage in the middle of West Lebanon. Earlier this summer, during a drive on Route 10 near the Wilder Dam, my husband and I stopped at the Boston Lot parking area. We’d driven …

Column: Obama Watches While Putin Pushes Limits

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union …