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Column: Actions for a Better Claremont

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Last week a group of citizens of Claremont and I gave the City Council a presentation in which we outlined what we learned through an unofficial survey about the issues (we call them opportunities) that deter the city from moving forward. We are a group of average residents, business people, moms, dads, state representatives, bankers, teachers and retirees. We want anyone to join us and we have three simple rules: …

Column: Bad Timing for Eric Holder’s Resignation

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Who’ll be the next attorney general? Washington’s favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all? Why wasn’t the White House, which knew for months that Eric Holder was itching to leave, …

Column: Missing History’s Lessons

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Refuse to think, assume the worst, overreact, disregard laws and rules and then pronounce yourself someone standing up for the best in education. That’s what we’ve recently witnessed in Colorado’s Jefferson County, the scene of pretentiously delinquent student walkouts and teacher stay-at-home protests cheating young people out of learning. Let’s get to the protests and what instigated them after first noting how American …

Column: President Obama —America Takes the Lead

Thursday, October 2, 2014

American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true last week, as we mobilized the world to confront …

Willem Lange: 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 …

Column: In Hong Kong, Crackdown Is the Real 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. …

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 …

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 …