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Column: Send in the Drones, but After the Lobbyists

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oh no! The United States is falling behind in yet another big area — commercial use of drones. (Those things that buzz around and gather information and drop bombs overseas but don’t yet deliver Amazon packages.) Although drones seem to be in wide use elsewhere, the Federal Aviation Administration is nervous about letting U.S. skies fill up with them, citing safety and privacy concerns. The FAA already fined a photographer …

Column: Should We View a Barbaric Terrorist Act, or Ban Its Showing?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be.” So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral — as the Islamic State intended. Beheaded journalist. How horrible to write a sentence featuring that shorthand, so …

Column: Report From the Front Lines in Ferguson

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Night had just fallen in Ferguson, Mo., as I watched a standoff from the town’s main thoroughfare. Approximately 150 protesters stood on West Florissant Avenue, their hands held up to symbolize nonviolent compliance. A hundred yards south, the six-lane avenue was blocked by a line of police vehicles, including armored SWAT carriers. The …

Column: In Mideast, Patience Before Retribution

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My reaction to the murder of American reporter James Foley at the hands of his knife-wielding Islamic State killer was visceral: Send in the Marines and clean the Islamic State’s clock. It was a sentiment, I am sure, …

Willem Lange: A Return to Maine, and Camelot Summers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lincolnville, Maine During the late summer of 1964, I was browsing through a copy of Life and came across an article titled Marshmallow Becomes a Man. It followed a kid named (as I recall) Mike Kobulnicky as he struggled through a course at the Colorado Outward Bound School …

Column: Plight of Adjunct Professors Is Colleges’ Dirty Little Secret

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We are the stoop laborers of higher education: adjunct professors. As colleges and universities rev for the fall semester, the stony exploitation of the adjunct faculty continues, providing cheap labor for America’s campuses, from small community colleges to knowledge factories with 40,000 students. The median salary for adjuncts, …

Column: What You Probably Don’t Know About ALS

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unless you’ve been living with your head under a bucket, you’ve heard about or participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge — an effort to raise money for ALS research by dousing cold water on yourself and/or donating $100. The success of the viral marketing campaign will not be …

Editorial: Everyone Needs to Chill Out ... on Vacation

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just before he flew off to Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama fielded some questions about the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq. We imagine that he also had Syria (rebels besieged in Aleppo), Afghanistan (election recount debacle), Ukraine (plane shot down, …

We Need a Common Understanding on Race

Monday, August 25, 2014

African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how …

Column: Some Used Cars Are More Used Than Others

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s talk about buying used cars. The other day a 52-year-old car that was once involved in a fatal crash sold for $38,115,000 at an auction in Carmel, Calif. It was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. It …

Column: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Following are excerpts from Cheryl Hanna’s keynote address to the Vermont Justice Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting , Doing Ourselves Justice: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law . Hanna, a prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal …

Column: Do the Math: War and Peace, and the Prouty

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I recently spent six and a half hours on my bicycle riding in the 33rd annual Prouty, the fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. I had ridden in it several times, but not since getting hit by …

Column: We Can Stop The Worst People on Earth

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support …