Columns

Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been transformational. He has not fulfilled the early promise of change. That hoped-for change was not just political but also spiritual — it …

Column: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and He Thinks He’s Extraordinary

Monday, February 8, 2016

A few years ago, an internationally respected 68-year-old physicist fell for a sweetheart scam. Paul Frampton met a young supermodel online, became convinced he was corresponding with the new love of his life and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, to meet her. By the time Frampton arrived, the supermodel had been called away to a photo shoot in Brussels, but she left behind …

Editorial: Be Frank With Asian Leaders

Monday, February 8, 2016

President Obama has invited 10 heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to an unprecedented summit in California later this month — the first between ASEAN and the United States to be held on American soil. Obama’s aims are to advance his strategy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward Asia and (though this is largely unspoken) to counter China and …

Column: Health Officials Are Steering the Right Course on Zika Outbreak.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities. It’s possible the situation will become worse than expected, both worldwide and in the U.S., where …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and …

Steve Nelson: The Big Lie and Education Reform

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What major event changed the course of recent history and was based entirely on a falsehood? The obvious answer is the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of lives and several trillion dollars have been squandered. All of this tragic waste was triggered by false claims of weapons of …

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” The subhead explained the context: “Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Stumps for Clinton.” Some …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state’s voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians, consider their government to be …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter …

Column: Clinton Has the Skills and Insight to Direct Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

Column: What If It Were Cruz versus Sanders in November?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote a column imagining an improbable contest for the presidency between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This was a thought experiment that played with the idea that such a …