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Column: Obamacare Revelation: The Cost of the CEO Tax Break

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corporate America’s CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in. Marissa Mayer took the CEO reins at high-tech giant Yahoo in 2012. As of the end of last year, that status had brought Mayer a personal windfall that could eventually hit $214 million. Meanwhile, with Mayer at the helm, the value of the high-tech giant’s core business has shrunk from $7.3 billion to $500 million. Core business operations at biotech …

Column: Corporations Flee Excessive American Tax

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to …

Column: Even With an Engineering Degree, It’s Hard to Find a Job

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When I graduated from Penn State a year ago, I thought I was perfectly prepared to succeed in the business world. I’d worked hard, graduated at the top of my class in computer science and managed to acquire lots of experience with the sorts of industry software that I was sure hiring managers were looking for. I’d even chosen a STEM (science, technology, …

We Need a Common Understanding on Race

Monday, August 25, 2014

African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how …

Column: Some Used Cars Are More Used Than Others

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s talk about buying used cars. The other day a 52-year-old car that was once involved in a fatal crash sold for $38,115,000 at an auction in Carmel, Calif. It was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. It …

Column: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Following are excerpts from Cheryl Hanna’s keynote address to the Vermont Justice Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting , Doing Ourselves Justice: (Re) Committing to a Life of the Law . Hanna, a prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal …

Column: Do the Math: War and Peace, and the Prouty

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I recently spent six and a half hours on my bicycle riding in the 33rd annual Prouty, the fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. I had ridden in it several times, but not since getting hit by …

Column: We Can Stop The Worst People on Earth

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. They did. He responded. With the support …

Column: Inequality in Suburbia: Ferguson Isn’t Alone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The current turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., follows the trajectory of urban riots in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. They typically begin with an incident of racially tinged police abuse. Outraged members of the black …

Column: Hope and Change, As in Climate Change

Friday, August 22, 2014

A few years ago, I discovered my undergraduates had informally renamed my Intro to Environmental Studies class. They called it “Environmental Depression.” I’ve been teaching college undergraduates about the environment for 20 years. Like many others, I focus …

Column: A Fairer Way to Elect House Members

Friday, August 22, 2014

In the original conception of our Constitution, the House of Representatives was to be the branch of government that best reflected the will of the people. House members cannot serve without being elected — vacancies are not filled by appointees — and they must face the voters every …

Editorial: Prosecuting Politicians

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are many fair grounds on which to criticize Rick Perry’s performance as governor of Texas: his rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion and his grandstanding deployment of the state’s National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, to name just two. But the list does not include …

Column: Of Apps and Aptitude: We Could Teach Grandma to Code

Thursday, August 21, 2014

American businesses are aging, as is the country; and this is bad for the economy, say Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. They reported in July that the share of older firms, aged 16 years or more, has increased from 23 percent in 1992 to …