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The ‘Time Tax’ Discourages Do-Good Spirit

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Imagine that whenever you planned to do volunteer work, the government told you that you must also pay a small tax. Or suppose that whenever you gave money to charity, you were charged a levy. Or that every time you gave blood, you had to start by writing a check to the Internal Revenue Service. Fortunately, most countries don’t tax people for good works. But private and public institutions do …

Column: In an MRI Tube, a Captive Audience for Political Ads

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lebanon In this election season there is no escaping the crass political pitch, even, it turns out, during the deep and dark seclusion of a private medical procedure. On Saturday morning, bright and early, I report to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for an MRI of my lower back. The MRI procedure is painless, although …

Pick One: Obama Is Too Weak, or Too Strong

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In July, when House Republicans voted to sue the president, they spoke of the urgent need to stop “tyranny” at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “Our freedom is in peril,” warned Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, the man behind the lawsuit. “We cannot stand by and watch the president shred our Constitution.” Well, it turns out they can stand by. Three …

Column: Hey, Senate Colleagues: Let’s Do Lunch

Saturday, October 25, 2014

So two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, are marooned for a week on a deserted island. . . . Sounds like a lead-in to a political joke, right? Well, it actually happened. We know, because we are those two senators. Why did we do it? Why …

Column: From NOAA to Hartland, the View on Rapid Climate Change

Saturday, October 25, 2014

During a recent panel discussion at the First Universalist Society of Hartland, we were asked to talk about our fears and thoughts regarding climate change. Before going into my response, it may be helpful to mention my background in climate studies. I have been investigating the global atmosphere …

Column: Big Blue Sings the Blues, and Here’s Why

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Blue’s got the blues. On Monday, IBM’s stock tumbled by 7 percent after it unveiled a dismal quarterly earnings report that showed a 4 percent drop in revenue — the 10th consecutive quarter of flat or declining …

Editorial: Contain the Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Western leaders sometimes suggest that the Islamic State is its own worst enemy, so extreme in doctrine and practice that it will galvanize opposition within the Islamic world. While that is proving true to some extent — Muslim governments, senior clerics and even other jihadist groups have joined …

Column: It Takes a Hero to Be Humble in Politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. You read that right: An investigation by The Boston Globe found that unlike politicians who go to great lengths …

Column; Police Criminalize Misbehavior in Schools

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who among us has not inwardly been gleeful at having gotten away with something at school? Knowing the teacher didn’t like the subject of our theme but blowing her mind with how original it was. Pushing the line on a high school drama performance. Forcing the administration to …

Column: Monica Lewinsky Rejects the ‘Shame Game’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us. Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky’s decision to re-emerge …

Column: Safe Sext: Getting the Message to Teens

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Teens sext. Does that mean they need sext ed? The logic is compelling. Sex is an activity in which some teens (and adults!) participate. It can be enticing. It can be dangerous. It can have life-changing ramifications. Thus, sex education. Sexting is also an activity in which some …

Willem Lange: There Was a Time When Scrappy Americans Pulled Together

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It’s difficult, I suppose, for the majority of our population — those between, say, 20 and 60 — to appreciate the enormity of the challenges our nation has faced and overcome in the lifetimes of those of us ending our eighth decade. My parents were married during the …