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A large American flag is unfurled on the field before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets on opening day at at Nationals Park, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Column: Think You Know Pitching? Here’s Five Strikes Against You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Baseball is like church,” former major league infielder and manager Leo Durocher once said. “Many attend, few understand.” And pitching is one of the most lionized, misunderstood and mythologized aspects of the game, even among other pitchers — hence those pointless titanium-infused necklaces they’re always wearing. Here are five myths from the mound, as the new season gets underway.  …

Column: How Grant and Lee Forged a Perfect Moment at Appomattox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. It was not the Lincoln assassination; that happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For modern Americans, President Lincoln’s assassination has eclipsed the surrender that signaled the end of a …

Column: If You Come to Vermont, Hillary , I Have a Question

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents were on to me. I knew it the moment one of them began talking into a microphone hidden in his sleeve. As I maneuvered through a crowd toward Hillary, two agents advanced on me. “If you don’t leave now,” one of them, the tall one, said politely, “we’ll …

Column: Leaving Las Vegas, and Back Home to the Upper Valley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On a recent weekend, I won $502 on a penny slot machine in the MGM Grand Las Vegas. That’s half a grand at the Grand. I was overjoyed, since I’m not much of a gambler and it was …

Column: Me and My Wheelchair: People Assume a Lot

Friday, April 17, 2015

I recently was out on a dinner date with my lovely girlfriend Anna when a stranger approached to have a friendly conversation. He turned to my girlfriend and asked, “Are you his sister?” There is nothing inherently wrong with his question, but if I saw two young people …

Column: Geisel Should Produce More Family Doctors

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Geisel School of Medicine is an excellent medical school doing a great job at turning out the medical specialists of tomorrow. I have had the privilege of following a group of superb students who will embark upon their residencies shortly. I am pleased that they are following …

Column: Japan Gets Left Behind As Cheaper Yen Drives Toyota Profits

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nobody should be surprised that Toyota, flush with $18 billion in profits this year, has emerged as a major beneficiary of Abenomics. After all, the weakened yen at the center of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program was designed to help the bottom lines of major exporters. …

Column: Rubio Tries the Generational Strategy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Washington In all of rock ‘n’ roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in …

Column: Greece Is Short on Time, Money

Friday, April 17, 2015

Greece, as everyone knows, is running out of money. That means it might not be able to pay its debts, including what it owes the International Monetary Fund, which should be a cause for serious anxiety in Europe. But there’s a dangerous myth starting to gain traction that …

Column: Stand Up for Office Health

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There may be no more euphemistically titled field of research than “inactivity physiology.” Or, the never-before-needed study of how incredibly awful it is to sit on your keister all day. By now we’re all familiar with the general findings: Prolonged sitting leads to more heart disease, decreased sensitivity …

Column: Lincoln, Posthumous Hero

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abraham Lincoln was laughing at a punch line at a stage play when he was shot once in the back of the head. He never regained consciousness and died nine hours later. Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the day that John Wilkes Booth snuck into the presidential …

Column: GOP to the Rescue for the Nation’s Richest

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Washington Give credit to Republicans in Congress. They’ve discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they’re no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of …

Column: It’s Come to This: Death Penalty Firing Squads

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On March 23, Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation that will make the firing squad a legal method of execution in Utah. The state faces the same problem that is challenging other death penalty states, the difficulty of obtaining the drugs required for lethal injection. The shortage of drugs …