Columns

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell descends an escalator as he leaves an owners meeting Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Column: Goodell Takes a Page From the Autocrat’s Playbook

Saturday, August 29, 2015

On the surface, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is acting strangely in the “Deflategate” controversy. He launched an expensive crusade against one of the league’s great players over what is at most a tiny rules infraction, without much evidence. Goodell also has alienated one of the league’s most powerful and respected owners, Robert Kraft. To devoted fans of the New England …

Column: Meet Roger Stone, Practitioner of the Political Dark Arts

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Oh, I went to an orgy there once.” That was Roger Stone’s response after I answered his question on my New York City hotel of choice. He’s standing shirtless and wearing khakis inside his pied-a-terre on the Upper East Side, where we meet before going for a drink and dinner. The two-bedroom with …

Column: How Do You Say Awkward Moment in French?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Admit it: when you have friends in from out of town, you like confusing them with a little harmless local lingo. “Want to run down to West Leb to check out the Power House?” Or, “What’s your mood: C&As, EBAs or Ramunto’s?” Or, “Is it just me, or is there a lot of …

Steve Nelson: Real Men, Real Guns

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” This absurd gun rights excuse has been offered again in the wake of the highly publicized and utterly horrifying murders of a television reporter and cameraman in Virginia. Offensive NRA propaganda aside, I’ll concede that the problem is indeed that people …

Column: So Much to Do in the Upper Valley, So Little Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It appeared to be a mirage in the middle of West Lebanon. Earlier this summer, during a drive on Route 10 near the Wilder Dam, my husband and I stopped at the Boston Lot parking area. We’d driven …

Column: Obama Watches While Putin Pushes Limits

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union …

Column: Planned Parenthood Deserves N.H. Support

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. …

Column: Run, Biden, Run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won’t beat Hillary Clinton. He’s been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there’s no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination …

Hunter Rieseberg’s Departure

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One television commentator recently suggested that “When a public official says he wants to spend more time with his family, it means he was fired.” It is clear to me that Hartford’s Town Manager, Hunter Rieseberg, was not fired. The board accepted his sudden resignation with high praise …

Column: Big Trouble in China

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the way to remaking China’s economy, President Xi Jinping has hit many roadblocks: vested interests, a change-averse Communist Party, local officials accustomed to the status quo. Who knew the real barrier would be foreign investors? For years, …

Column: A Primer on Clinton’s Email Controversy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of state has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried …

Column: The Real Problem With ‘Pink Viagra’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The drug has many names: flibanserin, Addyi, Ectris, Girosa or, colloquially, “pink Viagra.” Whatever you want to call the long-in-the-making libido pill for women, it recently gained Federal Drug Administration approval despite what one member of the panel that approved it called “serious, serious safety concerns” and benefits …