Columns

Column: Tech Industry Must Confront Wealth Inequality

Friday, February 12, 2016

There are very few issues that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton all agree on. One of them is the growing problem of inequality in income and wealth. From the extreme left to the extreme right, everyone is angry about the 1 percent who have the majority of the wealth. There has always been an income and wealth gap, but the divide between average worker and the …

Column: Kids Bear the Brunt of GOP Debates

Friday, February 12, 2016

We try so hard to protect our children from danger, but that’s not always possible. This sad truth hit home Saturday night when my 6-year-old daughter came running down the stairs in her Peanuts pajamas, sobbing hysterically and shivering with terror. “Daddy, Daddy, I’m frightened!” she cried, throwing herself into my arms. Somehow she’d seen the Republican debate. “It’s OK, honey,” I told …

Column: Steinem and Albright Are Wrong About Young Women

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I have spent most of my adult life feeling grateful to Gloria Steinem, whose clear-headedness and apt prose helped turn me into the feminist I am today. She has devoted her life to making the world a better place for women, and has, in many spectacular ways, succeeded. Women run for president. We lead companies. We are astronauts. Supreme Court justices. We have …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and …

Steve Nelson: The Big Lie and Education Reform

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What major event changed the course of recent history and was based entirely on a falsehood? The obvious answer is the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of lives and several trillion dollars have been squandered. All of this tragic waste was triggered by false claims of weapons of …

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’ Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” The subhead explained the context: “Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Stumps for Clinton.” Some …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state’s voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians, consider their government to be …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter …

Column: Clinton Has the Skills and Insight to Direct Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

Column: What If It Were Cruz versus Sanders in November?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote a column imagining an improbable contest for the presidency between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This was a thought experiment that played with the idea that such a …

Editorial: Ruling Out Senility on the Bench

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists …