Columns

Column: Working Class Behaving Badly? Actually, It’s Just the Opposite

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent column on the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug use. According to Brooks, the problem isn’t just economics, but a result of moral relativism: “The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts of America there are no minimally agreed …

Column: Joe Biden, in Reserve, Waits for His Chance

Friday, March 27, 2015

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn’t sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72. …

Column: Common Core and the Truth About Values

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion would seem to be a pretty fundamental piece of any education. In the bizarre world of U.S. public schools, though, it’s proving to be controversial. For several years, schools across the U.S. — with significant help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — have been putting in place something called Common Core, a set …

Forum, March 23: Senator, It’s Obvious; Signs of Snowden; Bad Times for the Climate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator, It’s Obvious To the Editor: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., writes, “One has to wonder why this administration is so eager to prevent Americans’ elected representatives from voting on a deal that has such enormous security implications for not just our country, but also for the entire …

Challenging the Almighty Supreme Court

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maybe everybody’s being too hard on William Baude. In an op-ed article in last Tuesday’s New York Times, Baude proposed that should the Supreme Court strike down the Obama administration’s interpretation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the president might follow the example of Abraham …

Column: Combat Veterans Suffer Moral Wounds as Well as Physical Ones

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even on the short overnight ops, sometimes we talked about things we knew we’d carry home. On a cold night in March 2010, Jeff brought up the kid he’d shot a month earlier, when the battle for the …

Column: There’s Demand for Misinformation as Well as Ample Supply

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It’s not An Inconvenient Truth — yet. But for a movie focused on climate change, Sony Pictures Classics’ Merchants of Doubt — based on the widely read book of the same name by historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik …

Column: Strafford Post Office Is Village ‘Living Room’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Post offices in small towns are often called the center of community life. In Strafford, where Terry Toy was postmaster for 13 years until her retirement this month, some called it the village “living room.” First, there was …

Column: Med Schools Get New Prescription for Health

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What if your doctor gave you a prescription that would help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of several forms of cancer? Even better, the side effects are all beneficial: increased energy, productivity and an elevated mood. The catch? The prescription isn’t …

Column: We Need a Dr. Spock for the Aged

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was born in what is now called Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1944. Ten blocks away, Dr. Benjamin Spock was busy writing his famous 1946 baby book in his childhood home on New Haven’s Cold Spring Street. The …

Column: ‘Prisons Without Bars’ Could Cut Costs

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Washington You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we’re home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than one in every 10 American men has …

Column: The Sea Offers a Big Wave of Green Energy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yesterday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s a reminder that, in the drive to switch more of the …

Column: Good Day for Netanyahu, but Not for Israel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Washington Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals. Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s …