Columns

National Rifle Association members applaud a speech during the annual meeting of members at the NRA convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Column: A Gun Owner Who Detests the NRA

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary “Please stay on the line . . .” from a pleasant but earnest voice, I recoiled from the barkings of an angry-sounding man: “Did I know that Barack Hussein Obama and European leaders are meeting on …

Randall Balmer: The War on Tenure

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Having crippled Wisconsin’s public employee unions and survived a recall effort, Scott Walker, the state’s governor and a presumptive presidential candidate, has now set his eyes on curtailing tenure at the state’s universities. Because it is so widely misunderstood, tenure is a broad and tempting target, one ripe for the kind of demagoguery …

Steve Nelson: Taking a Look at the ‘Man at the Corner’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I call him “the man at the corner.” He spends most days at the corner of West 80th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, just two blocks from my work. This corner is also the site of world-famous Zabar’s, a beehive of locals and tourists seeking gourmet foods, upscale kitchen appliances or just a souvenir selfie at an iconic New York City institution. At …

Column: Show Me the Money, and Make it Funny

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

America’s been discussing women’s influence on our nation’s history, destiny and character. And we managed to talk about women’s contributions for almost, oh, an entire quarter of an hour until the conversation veered back to men. Makes you proud, doesn’t it? The topic under discussion was, “Which women, …

Column: In Defense of Gov. Hassan’s Veto

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let’s talk about three governors: our Gov. Maggie Hassan, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former one-term New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson. First, Gov. Hassan. I am proud that Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget written by the Republicans. The …

Willem Lange: School Reunion, for a Teacher, Too

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Willsboro Point, N.Y. Mother and I have been here a few times before. It’s a pleasant little restaurant attached to a marina on the east shore of the north-facing bay. Directly across from it, the cliffs buttressing Rattlesnake Mountain rise sheer from the shore. A distinct horizontal line …

Column: Open “The Arsenal of Democracy” for Ukraine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I traveled recently with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to eastern Ukraine to meet with the courageous men and women fighting there for their country’s freedom and future. I arrived on a solemn day as Ukrainian volunteers grieved the loss of two young comrades killed …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a victory is wrong and divisive given the example in Charleston, S.C., where the forgiving grace of nine families in funeral corteges is a …

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” That question deserves an answer. If we look at the arc of the …

How I Learned to Hate, and Then Stopped

Monday, June 29, 2015

Since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of being a warrior. I learned to read early and would sit in the library pouring over books of Greek and Norse myths, gravitating to the parts about …

Column: For Some Soldiers and Their Families, the War Is Never Over

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Joe Briseno wasn’t there for a lot of the early moments of his three kids’ lives. That’s not unusual for Army dads like him who were deployed to foreign countries when diapers needed changing. So now, at 57, …

Column: Vermont Reads Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The following are excerpts from abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852 address on T he Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro. T he Vermont Humanities Council is encouraging readings of the speech throughout the state …

Column: The First, Brief Flight of Dartmouth Airways

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It was approaching the end of May 1946 and the big excitement was that the Upper Valley was going to get its own airfield. A huge gathering was in the planning stages for the opening day — Girl …