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Column: Critics Call Singapore an Autocracy, but I Felt Free There

Monday, March 30, 2015

Between my early life in India and my current life in the United States, I spent 14 years in paradise: Singapore. From clean water and crime-free streets to reliable public transportation and easy access to libraries, the state government anticipates all the basic needs to provide its residents a good quality of life and eliminate the stresses that can impede personal progress. But in the coverage that followed the death …

Editorial: Take a Vacation From Digital Devices

Monday, March 30, 2015

A couple and their two kids await dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. Everyone is silent, hunched over cellphones. A familiar picture? Yes, but families can break the pattern this summer — at least for a week or two — by taking a digital-free summer vacation. With spring break in the rear-view mirror, what better time to think ahead about an e-free time, either …

Column: A Lot Rides on Small Money Vs. Big Money

Monday, March 30, 2015

“The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties,” President Theodore Roosevelt — that scurrilous Republican radical — told Congress in 1907. TR’s preference for democracy over plutocracy (he also recommended banning corporations from donating to presidential campaigns) clearly doesn’t carry much weight among the …

Willem Lange: N.H. Legislators Welcomes Fourth-Graders, Eviscerates Their Idea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier Information flows through this office in a steady stream if I but open the portal to the Internet. “Shocking truth” from obscure and highly suspect sources; televised interviews with public figures; warm, fuzzy video clips of dogs and cats and wrestling pandas; hateful, profane screeds against the …

Column: Can Cruz Stand Out in a Right-Wing Field?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I can’t pretend to be neutral about Ted Cruz, who formally announced Monday that he’s running for president. Fortunately, Tailgunner Ted’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are extremely slim at best. Opposition from Republicans who care about …

Column: Madonna Finds That Time Isn’t on Her Side

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, Living For Love, from its …

Column: The Right Seems to Like Income Inequality

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Washington Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. Even the most conservative Republicans were …

Column: Guess Where Those Fish Sticks Came From

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you want to know where your smartphone or blender was assembled, you just have to search its exterior. More likely than not, you’ll find a label saying “Assembled in China” — a disclosure required by the U.S. government. But what if you want to know where the …

Column: My College Students Might Be Allowed to Bring Guns to Class

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I’ve been thinking about how my college classroom will look and feel next fall if some of my students are carrying handguns on their hips. It’s a possibility. On March 17, the Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow holders of concealed carry licenses to wear their …

Music Education Is Vital to Learning, but Often Lands on the Chopping Block

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s Für Elise. My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm, and expression. The benefit …

Column: Netanyahu’s Victory Is Not a Defeat for the Prospects for Peace

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for …

Forum, March 23: Senator, It’s Obvious; Signs of Snowden; Bad Times for the Climate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator, It’s Obvious To the Editor: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., writes, “One has to wonder why this administration is so eager to prevent Americans’ elected representatives from voting on a deal that has such enormous security implications for not just our country, but also for the entire …

Challenging the Almighty Supreme Court

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maybe everybody’s being too hard on William Baude. In an op-ed article in last Tuesday’s New York Times, Baude proposed that should the Supreme Court strike down the Obama administration’s interpretation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the president might follow the example of Abraham …