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Column: Harry Reid Led a No-Holds-Barred Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will. Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere authenticity but prefers contrived personalities that seem warm and solicitous. Reid refuses …

Column: Thoughts for Your Penny: It’s More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Approaching noon, I had a hankering for shrimp tempura sushi and some dumplings. At a local takeout, my bill came to $15.01. After I handed the man $20, he began counting out 99 cents to hand me along with four $1 bills. While there was a tip jar, there was not the penny …

Column: Indiana’s Bill Is a Step Back for America

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite …

Column: Common Core and the Truth About Values

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion would seem to be a pretty fundamental piece of any education. In the bizarre world of U.S. public schools, though, it’s proving to be controversial. For several years, schools across the U.S. — with significant help from the Bill and …

Column: But Who Will Plow N.H.’s Roads?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee voted on Monday to decimate the state’s Department of Transportation. Just as the state had begun to rebuild the agency and restore funding to its ailing bridge and highway programs, the Legislature is …

Column: Ted Cruz Has a Better Shot Than You Think

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A rule for Republicans, credited to the iconic William F. Buckley, suggests voting for the most conservative candidate who can win. This sounds reasonable at first. What good is there in expending time, energy and money behind a principled conservative if the candidate is doomed to fail? As …

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 …