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On Mountain Day, Students Bond With a Peak Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It happens once a year, and with only a couple of minor breaks, has been happening for over 150 years. It’s Mountain Day at Colby-Sawyer College. Its date is always a well-kept secret among a few administrators and professors, but our TV crew had been let in on it so we could be here to climb the mountain with the students and film the event. I have no idea how …

In Hong Kong, Crackdown Is the Threat

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What’s worse for big business in Hong Kong: street protests, or the tear gas fired to disperse the protests? That’s the uncomfortable question now confronting Hong Kong’s button-down business community, which has coexisted relatively peacefully with the city’s Communist overlords since the handover to Chinese rule in 1997. For 30 years, nobody — other than perhaps China’s growing middle-class — has benefited more …

Column: Let Others Stand for Health and Fitness; Seated I Shall Remain

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stand up, if you want to live.” This seems to be a theme, lately, among health writers. If you stand more and exercise more, you will be healthier than if you simply exercised more. Stand up. Stand up right now. Keep standing up. Write everything standing. It lengthens your telomeres and, as far as we can tell, lengthening your telomeres is the way …

Column: Eric Holder’s Civil Rights Achievements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Thursday the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner joined with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the National Bar Association and the Black Women’s Roundtable to call for a full federal investigation in the police killings of the two young men. The …

Editorial: Holder Failed The Economy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder, who plans to step down after more than five years in office, has efforts and achievements to be proud of, no doubt, but will probably be remembered above all for something he didn’t do: prosecute top executives for their role in the 2008 financial …

Column: CEO Tim Cook and the Imperfect Apple

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple’s triumphant product launch turned into a public relations mess in less than a week. Some users couldn’t make phone calls after they updated their mobile software. Some new iPhones bent. Bent! Amid all the bad press, Apple …

Column: Amenities, not Academics, at the Colleges

Monday, September 29, 2014

No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols’ classic 1967 movie, The Graduate. “What are you doing?” Benjamin Braddock’s father demands of his son, who’s been spending his time since school lying on an air mattress in the backyard pool. “Well,” Benjamin replies, “I would say …

Column: How the Republican Party Found and Lost Its Way

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, Republican Justin Smith Morrill stood in Congress to defend his party’s invention: an income tax. The government had the right to demand 99 percent of a man’s property, the …

Randall Balmer: Evangelicals Revisited

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My department chair warned me against writing the book. He said it would be professional suicide. I was an assistant professor at Columbia University in the mid-1980s, just a couple of years out of graduate school. As I …

Steve Nelson: Cherish the Flag, or Burn It?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Burn the American flag! Or not. The complexity of patriotism was my breakfast companion on Wednesday morning. A Valley News editorial praised the Lebanon High School senior, Bhvana Kaushik, who noticed the absence of an American flag at half-staff at the school on Sept. 11. She questioned the …

Column: Caught on Tape: The Weakness of Regulators

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Probably most people would agree that the people paid by the U.S. government to regulate Wall Street have had their difficulties. Most people would probably also agree on two reasons those difficulties seem only to be growing: an ever-more complex financial system that regulators must have explained to …

Column: Honor Great Women and Inspire Girls With a History Museum

Saturday, September 27, 2014

On the evening of April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the daughter of a respected militia colonel, jumped on her horse and rode from her family’s home in Patterson, N.Y., to warn of an impending attack by the British. Ludington rode 40 miles in a rainstorm over muddy …

Column: An Honest Movie About a Choice

Friday, September 26, 2014

When thinking about your plans for this weekend, I urge you to check out the Hopkins Center for the Arts for its showing of Obvious Child, a film offering a refreshing change from the usual action-movie fare — and one that is challenging how the entertainment industry approaches …