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Column: Are Vermont Taxpayers Being Asked to Pay for Too Much?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Vermont House and Senate Appropriations committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced general fund budget for fiscal year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, 8 percent of the proposed general fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of legislatures to find ever more things to spend money on, and state revenues currently coming in well under the projections of funds available. Raise …

Column: Can Jeb Bush Lose Battles and Win the War?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It happened just as Jeb Bush was about to explain why he thinks conservatives need to stop being perceived as “anti-everything”: Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference let it be known that, as part of their anti-everythingness, they are also anti-Bush. A man wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a large “Don’t …

Column: Lobbyists Pray for a Clinton Restoration

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As the wider world awaits Hillary Clinton’s confirmation of her 2016 intentions, Democratic lobbyists in Washington are fixated on a far narrower concern: Will Clinton let them back into the money game? For six years, the party’s “advocacy class” has been shut out of the highest level of political fundraising due to President Barack Obama’s ban on lobbyist and corporate PAC donations to …

Column: ‘Mein Kampf’ and the Lure of Martyrdom

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington As The Washington Post reported this week, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although widely available elsewhere in the world, the book — Hitler’s testament and what’s considered the founding text …

Column: A Liberal View of American Exceptionalism

Friday, February 27, 2015

“I don’t hear from Obama . . . what an exceptional country we are,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently declared. “With all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world.” Giuliani has been roundly — and rightly — criticized for his statements, since President …

Column: Engineering the Climate

Friday, February 27, 2015

What makes climate change dangerous isn’t just what we know, which is that human activity is warming the planet. It’s also all that we don’t know. How far will temperatures rise, and how fast? What damage will it cause? Will governments finally confront the problem seriously, and how …

Friday, February 27, 2015

Column: My Story: The Cancer Cure That Wasn’t

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I’ve known I was going to die. I just didn’t know when. Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, a new, deadly diagnosis gave …

Column: The Case for a Presidential Love Deficit

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Is it possible that a reasonable person could think President Barack Obama doesn’t love America? Well, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has faced heavy criticism for saying just that, but Giuliani isn’t crazy. His thoughts are usually …

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 …