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Kate Millett, left, author of the best selling feminist tract "Sexual Politics" listens as writer Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970.  (AP Photo)

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 readers — I’m guessing women of a certain age — vehemently objected to the use of “girl power” in reference to the …

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 broken? The turnout at the caucuses was 186,874 for the Republicans — an all-time record …

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 its relevance is in doubt as the national media threaten the state’s traditional function of …

Column: Whither Conservatism in the Season of Trump?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Washington It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its …

Column: Don’t Rule Out an Iowa Surprise

Monday, February 1, 2016

J. Ann Selzer, who has conducted polling on the Iowa caucuses since 1988, says the contests almost always yield surprises. With each election, it increasingly becomes more difficult to reliably predict the outcome, and this year is the toughest yet. Pollster.com lists 20 Iowa Republican caucus polls for …

Column: Get Off Your High Horse and Admit You’re a Snob

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snobbery, like snoring, is universal. You might believe it doesn’t apply to you, but your intimates would tell a different story. Don’t get huffy: Everybody’s a snob about something. Snobs are those who imagine that their sensibilities, tastes or responses in a specific arena are more discriminating, more …

Editorial: Billionaires for President?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just when it seemed as if the presidential race couldn’t get any stranger, billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that he may run for the White House as an independent if the two major parties nominate their least- mainstream candidates. Having more choices on the ballot …

‘We Believe in America, and We Love Our Freedom’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Following is the text of Sarah Palin’s Jan. 19 endorsement of Donald Trump, as transcribed by BuzzFeed, via The Washington Post. “Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here in Iowa. We’re here just thawing out. …

Column: Take Care, Pedestrians, in the Upper Valley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

There she was . . . latte in hand, phone up against chin, peacoat perfectly buttoned. She was standing in the middle of Lebanon Street in Hanover. I slammed on the brakes. She kept talking on her phone and waved briefly before continuing her jaunt across the street. …

Column: The U.S. Isn’t Going to Fall Like Rome Did

Saturday, January 30, 2016

People who are worried about the future of the U.S. often find parallels with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And oh the parallels there are! Here are a few I dredged up in a brief Internet search: easy monetary policy, excessive bureaucracy, entitlement spending, income …

Column: American Climate Refugees Are on the Move

Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

Editorial: False Accusation Against Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 29, 2016

‘We must go where the evidence leads us.” So explained a Texas district attorney about why an investigation into alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood ended instead with charges against Planned Parenthood’s accusers. By adhering to the facts, prosecutors and grand jurors set a model of behavior that puts …

Column: End Times in Iowa

Friday, January 29, 2016

Keosauqua, Iowa “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from this abyss.” When Sen. Ted Cruz closed his prayerful plea to a crowd of about 150 people here late Tuesday night, the “abyss” he had …