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Willem Lange: Way Up North in New Hampshire, Where Nature Has Surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Hampshire, 44º50’N We’re located almost halfway from the Equator to the North Pole here, but the land leans more toward the north than the south. There’s no hint of palmettos or magnolias; the skyline is spiky with white spruces dominated here and there by great white pines. It takes little imagination to picture this forest continuing unchanged and unbroken from this parallel all the way to tree line in …

Column: Medicaid Change Rejected, and a Woman Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and Legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest …

Column: Close the Tax Loophole That Sends U.S. Corporations Overseas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. At the same time, the system has become full of inefficiencies and special-interest loopholes. That is why it is so important that we reform our business tax code to make …

Steve Taylor: 11 Myths About Northeast Farms

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Myths abound about the state of agriculture in the Upper Valley, New England and the Northeast, myths that infest the media, academia, politics and the public mind and often reach all the way to the highest levels of …

Column: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define …

Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the blind haze of overwhelming joy clouding all reason and logic. I developed a passion for teaching at a for-profit school in Southern California, …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death …

Column: Don’t Imprison Heroin Mothers and Babies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several …

Column: Style and Substance: Bobby Jindal Could Be a Contender in 2016

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give …

Column: How to Stop Putin’s Drive for Domination

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are still unanswered: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin up to? How far will …

Willem Lange: Even in the Bustle of the City, People Crave the Natural World

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The TV crew and I stood this morning beside a couple of fortresslike granite buildings with 19th-century-style hip roofs, ocher-colored grout, and fancy exposed rafter tails. They were designed, a brochure informs me, by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson. There was water on one side of the …

Column: In a Time of Crisis, the Usual Petty Politics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and …

Column: Man Walked on the Moon, and We All Watched

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It was, after all, only a boot-crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much. But we saw it, on TV. We saw it and were changed, along with the human world around us. Like many readers, I was sitting in a …