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Column: Fear in Our Times, and Overcoming It

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Terror began to influence American politics well before Sept. 11, 2001, but the day’s events surely intensified the role fear plays in our nation’s public life. My own response that day was a mixture of denial and unfocused fear. In the weeks and months that followed, I resisted what I understood to be politicians’ attempts to manipulate my fear, and it began to fade. But more recently, photographs of beheadings …

Column: Scandinavia Is Great — Just Not That Great

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“What’s there not to love?” actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC’s expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. “Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby — even if you don’t have a baby, just a year off. Your family around constantly. Lagom — not too much, not too …

Column: Children of Secular Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center. The number of American children …

Column: Creativity Happens When Thetford Students Aim to Help Schoolmate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I had seen this classroom before — lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in the corner — but today when I approached and …

Column: Like It or Not, There’s Good News

Friday, January 23, 2015

Washington “This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are …

Column: President’s Speech Omitted Looming Entitlement Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This …

Column: Here Come the ‘Class Warfare’ Attacks on Obama

Friday, January 23, 2015

Albert Hunt For Bloomberg News Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, leveled the “class warfare” charge in describing President Barack Obama’s …

Column: Mount Sunapee Resort Expansion Good for Jobs, Environment

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tim and Diane Mueller are now in their 17th year as the operators of Mount Sunapee Resort, of which I am the president and general manager. It has been a successful partnership with the State of New Hampshire. Over the years, our relationship with local communities and the …

Column: A Flight of Fantasy For Science in India

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a famous 1966 talk, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman observed, “Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation.” Hundreds of scientists — many of them based at American universities, …

Column: Obama’s Tax Plan Really Does Target the Rich

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama isn’t kidding when he says the tax proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address would have an effect on inequality in the U.S.: The wealthiest 1 percent would pay the most, by far. In seeking to pay for measures aimed at helping the …

Willem Lange: The Pace of Change Is Glacial, and Quick

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier I’ll never forget my first week in Geology 101. It was during the early fall of 1953 at a small Presbyterian liberal arts college in Ohio. I didn’t know it at the time, but the college had been the first of the Presbyterian Church-affiliated schools to include …

Other Opinion: Jan. 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service may be the least-loved arm of the federal government. For tax-hating Republican lawmakers still angry over what they see as IRS malfeasance, the antipathy is especially strong. That explains why GOP lawmakers repeatedly have cut the agency’s budget over the past several years, including …

Column: The Sound of Something New on the Right

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Washington When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.” Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration …