Columns

Column: Walk in Lebanon for Campaign Finance Reform

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers with a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of City Hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do you think about politics? The words they used in response cannot be printed in this newspaper. I am accustomed to hearing older …

Column: American Dream Isn’t Dead Yet

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently. “Today, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans believe that our kids will have a worse life than we do,” Cruz told conservatives in South Carolina. “That has never been true in the history of America until this instant, right now — maybe …

Editorial: Military, Police, Weapons

Friday, May 22, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some lines between police officers and soldiers ought to remain distinct, and President Obama took an essential step this week toward reining in the counterproductive militarization of police departments that has occurred since the attacks of Sept. 11. Last …

Column: A Norwich Expat Is Moved by French WWII Commemoration

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I’ve always been prone to crying. The Star Spangled Banner got me when I was a high school hockey player on the ice at Campion Arena before a game. My eyes have leaked during the Norwich Memorial Day …

Column: Call Me the Other Mom, or Dad for Short

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I was walking across the street to collect my 3-year-old son, Hanno, when I overheard a neighbor boy taunt him for not having a father. I’d always wondered how I was going to broach this subject with Hanno. Suddenly it was floating at me in singsong across the …

Column: Was the Killing of Bin Laden a War Crime?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

We’ll probably never know the accuracy of all the details in Seymour Hersh’s alternative account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. But Hersh’s version has enough verisimilitude that it calls for reconsidering what has always been the most troubling legal question, even under the official version of …

Column: Preserve the World’s Bio-Diverse Savannas

Friday, May 15, 2015

In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, other vast tropical ecosystems have come under increasing threat. These are the wet savannas, which have a mix of grasses, trees and shrubs and receive enough rainfall to grow crops. Farmers …

Column: What’s in a Domain Name? A Lot of Confusion

Friday, May 15, 2015

The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the web. But the alternative really dot-sucks. Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based nonprofit ICANN (the Internet Corporation …

Column: A Flock of GOP Hawks Turns Bloodthirsty

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nearly a dozen of the Republicans who are running for president spent last weekend in South Carolina talking about foreign policy, and to any viewer who stumbled across the event on C-SPAN, it sounded like a contest in …

Column: It’s Not Sexist to Say Fiorina Is Unqualified

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy …

Column: A Picasso Masterpiece, Orphaned and Sold

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I feel sorry for Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), the painting by Pablo Picasso that just sold for $179.4 million. Now that it is in the possession of an anonymous collector, it is less likely than ever to be reunited with its 14 sisters in the Women of …

Column: Why Young People Shun Political Office

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Young people are disaffected with the political process and lack any interest in running for office, a new book by Jennifer Lawless of American University and Richard Fox of Loyola Marymount University demonstrates. Yet the book itself perhaps unintentionally underscores one of the key reasons why: We know …

Willem Lange: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, and Still Far to Go

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montpelier It was a pretty quiet Mother’s Day around here: no kids sneaking up the stairs in the early light with coffee, juice and breakfast on a tray with a flower floating in a custard cup. No homemade greeting cards that will be saved forever. In fact, no …