Columns

Zombies in a publicity still for the fifth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead." (AMC - Frank Ockenfels 3)

Column: Each Generation Invents the Monsters It Needs

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A search for “zombie fiction” on Amazon currently provides you with more than 25,000 options. Barely a week goes by without another onslaught from the living dead on our screens. We’ve just seen the return of one of the most successful of these, The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln as small-town sheriff Rick Grimes. The show follows the adventures of …

Column: What Does the Public Get in Privacy Trade-Offs?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Suppose that the government were to ask each of us to wear an unremovable bracelet that allowed our location to be determined in an emergency. The responsible agencies would promise never to use this authority in the absence of a court order. True, there would be a potential threat to privacy, but supporters …

Column: The Chicken Count — Small Farmers Could Use Flexibility in Slaughter Rules

Sunday, March 1, 2015

This past year, we raised and sold 1,000 chickens on our farm outside White River Junction. We have a strong market for chicken, and every year we can sell this many birds with a reasonable return on time and financial investment. Why, you might ask, if the market is there, don’t we sell …

Willem Lange: The Temperatures Can Only Go Up From Here

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier If you’ve ever competed in a tug-of-war — at a picnic, maybe, or summer camp — you probably remember the first few seconds of effort after the starting signal, when you could sense whether or not the next few minutes were likely to go well. Your opponents’ …

Israel-U.S. Bonds Were Tested at Birth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Washington A new Israeli election ad released by the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invokes the past to boost his political future. The video harks back to the moment of Israel’s founding in 1948, “painting a picture,” as the Times of Israel puts it, “of an …

Column: Attention Schools: Iditarod Isn’t Fun for Dogs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good teachers try to bring vitality into their classrooms by using real-life examples to enhance what’s in the curriculum. But just as no conscientious educator would take kids to a strip club for a lesson on “the birds …

Column: A Barrier-Breaking Basketball Player Deserves Recognition

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As the NCAA’s “March Madness” approaches, it should be of interest to the hundreds of black basketball players seeking the fame and fortune of making the “big dance” and those youngsters who aspire to be there one day to note the name, William Leon Garrett. Never heard of …

Column: Speak Carefully About Religious Wars

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “The president and …

Teacher Prep Programs Need to Be Accountable

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As if on cue, teacher preparation organizations, college and university education schools, and teachers unions are protesting proposed federal regulations for assessing the quality and impact of teacher preparation programs. Over the past month, my email inbox has been filled with a stream of increasingly dire pleas to …

Column: The Inequality of Retirement Anxiety

Monday, February 23, 2015

When it comes to retirement planning, there are two kinds of people: low-income Americans, who worry about saving enough money, and everybody else. That’s the message of a survey out last week from Bankrate, which asked 4,200 people last month why they weren’t saving more for retirement. You …

Column: Me and My Laptop: ‘Modern Family’ Looks at Life With Screens

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Dunphys (et al) have gone digital. In Wednesday’s episode of the ABC comedy Modern Family, Claire Dunphy will try to track down her daughter Haley in the wake of an argument. Sounds like a standard plot, but here’s the catch: The episode will take place on Claire’s …

Column: Use the Nuclear Option; Ban the Filibuster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear. In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will to secure a legacy on …

Column: Where Officers Don’t Carry Guns

Monday, February 23, 2015

In the United States, it seems obvious that police officers carry guns and are allowed to use them. In other places, however, this would be considered a provocation and a violation of law. In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, officers are unarmed when they are on …