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Column: Let Others Stand for Health and Fitness; Seated I Shall Remain

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stand up, if you want to live.” This seems to be a theme, lately, among health writers. If you stand more and exercise more, you will be healthier than if you simply exercised more. Stand up. Stand up right now. Keep standing up. Write everything standing. It lengthens your telomeres and, as far as we can tell, lengthening your telomeres is the way to immortality. They are like the little …

Column: Eric Holder’s Civil Rights Achievements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Thursday the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner joined with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the National Bar Association and the Black Women’s Roundtable to call for a full federal investigation in the police killings of the two young men. The Rev. Al Sharpton was part of the event, and he was about to take questions …

Editorial: Holder Failed The Economy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder, who plans to step down after more than five years in office, has efforts and achievements to be proud of, no doubt, but will probably be remembered above all for something he didn’t do: prosecute top executives for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. He declined to hold senior executives accountable not because he wished to be soft …

Editorial: Rockefellers Divest From Oil

Friday, September 26, 2014

It took Richard Nixon to go to China to reset U.S.-China relations. And it took big institutional investors to pull their dollars to change South Africa in the 1980s and Big Tobacco in the 1990s. Now will the Rockefeller family’s decision to divest their charity of fossil fuels …

Column: In Germany, Workers Have a Voice and the Economy Is Good

Friday, September 26, 2014

If you live in an advanced economy — in Western Europe, Japan or the United States — odds are you’re in a funk. Unless you live in Germany. This month, the Pew Research Center released the results of polling it conducted in 44 nations — 10 of them …

Column: The Left Protests, but It Goes Unnoticed

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them. As the president stood on the South Lawn to announce the bombing campaign in Syria, liberal demonstrators gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the …

Column: Goodell Has Fumbled Too Many Chances

Thursday, September 25, 2014

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s first public attempt to address the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be judged a success — but only by comparison to former President Richard Nixon’s I-am-not-a-crook …

Willem Lange: It’s Off to the Races, as We Remember Them, Many Years Ago

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Keene Valley, N.Y. We left Keene Valley, Mother and I, in the middle of winter over 53 years ago, and have returned only for hunting season and to visit. All the people we knew then are either dead or gone away. Still, it’s where we began our married …

Column: White House Security Vs. People’s Rights

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On the sidewalk nearest the White House, tourists …

Column: Democrats Rely on Women to Hold Senate majority

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Democrats know that keeping control of the Senate this election year isn’t a man’s job. Success will depend on the votes of women. This year, it’s Democrats who are on the defensive. In the 10 most competitive Senate races, they are counting on different assets in different states: …

Column: Putin Continues a Tradition of Expansion, and Must Be Stopped

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and began what would become the bloodiest war in human history, World War II. Throughout the 1930s, the nature of the Nazi regime and its intentions were quite obvious. Yet the major European powers, which could have …

Column: Preserve the Forests to Protect the Planet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two contradictory facts reign supreme with regard to climate change. The first is that the atmosphere and oceans of our planet are heating up. The catastrophic consequences of this reality are already baked into the environment, and most …

Column: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, and Pot

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This is the year of the Seinfeld midterms, we are told — an election about nothing in particular, lacking dominant themes. Yet the election also highlights how we are becoming a Seinfeld society. When it comes to two cultural issues that were once taboo, gay relationships and marijuana …