Columns

Column: Sleep for a Better You, and a Better America

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The other day President Barack Obama ruefully told The Huffington Post that he probably doesn’t get enough sleep. Our response to that was, duh! We want him to fret and worry about the country at night so we can fret and worry about other stuff. The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon unkindly insisted we don’t pay the president to sleep on the job — he’s expected to be bleary- eyed all the time. There is an ulterior motive in all this, you know. Arianna Huffington, the rich woman who founded the online Huffington Post Media Group, is peddling a new book, Thrive, in which she argues …

Column: Handicapping the Presidential Contenders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could …

Column: Working Class Behaving Badly? Actually, It’s Just the Opposite

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent column on the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug use. According to Brooks, the problem isn’t just economics, but a result of moral relativism: “The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts …

Column: Joe Biden, in Reserve, Waits for His Chance

Friday, March 27, 2015

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn’t sound as if the ambition …

Column: Common Core and the Truth About Values

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion would seem to be a pretty fundamental piece of any education. In the bizarre world of U.S. public schools, though, it’s proving to be controversial. For several years, schools across the U.S. — with significant help from the Bill and …

Column: But Who Will Plow N.H.’s Roads?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee voted on Monday to decimate the state’s Department of Transportation. Just as the state had begun to rebuild the agency and restore funding to its ailing bridge and highway programs, the Legislature is …

Column: Ted Cruz Has a Better Shot Than You Think

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A rule for Republicans, credited to the iconic William F. Buckley, suggests voting for the most conservative candidate who can win. This sounds reasonable at first. What good is there in expending time, energy and money behind a principled conservative if the candidate is doomed to fail? As …

Willem Lange: N.H. Legislators Welcomes Fourth-Graders, Eviscerates Their Idea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier Information flows through this office in a steady stream if I but open the portal to the Internet. “Shocking truth” from obscure and highly suspect sources; televised interviews with public figures; warm, fuzzy video clips of dogs and cats and wrestling pandas; hateful, profane screeds against the …

Column: Can Cruz Stand Out in a Right-Wing Field?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I can’t pretend to be neutral about Ted Cruz, who formally announced Monday that he’s running for president. Fortunately, Tailgunner Ted’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are extremely slim at best. Opposition from Republicans who care about …

Column: Madonna Finds That Time Isn’t on Her Side

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, Living For Love, from its …

Column: The Right Seems to Like Income Inequality

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Washington Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. Even the most conservative Republicans were …

Column: Guess Where Those Fish Sticks Came From

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you want to know where your smartphone or blender was assembled, you just have to search its exterior. More likely than not, you’ll find a label saying “Assembled in China” — a disclosure required by the U.S. government. But what if you want to know where the …

Column: My College Students Might Be Allowed to Bring Guns to Class

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I’ve been thinking about how my college classroom will look and feel next fall if some of my students are carrying handguns on their hips. It’s a possibility. On March 17, the Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow holders of concealed carry licenses to wear their …