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Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the blind haze of overwhelming joy clouding all reason and logic. I developed a passion for teaching at a for-profit school in Southern California, and it was exhilarating. My students were inquisitive, thoughtful, and eager to share their ideas. Many were first-generation Americans, and many more …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death and destruction, that may seem utterly hopeless. But in fact, many of the tools we …

Column: Don’t Imprison Heroin Mothers and Babies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several stints in prison. She even gave birth to me in prison, where I lived for …

About Cutting Corporate Taxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee on the topic of assessing the recovery after five years. As you can imagine, congressional testimony can be pretty frustrating these days for members of the fact-based community, but I thought this one covered a lot of …

Column: Reading in the Age of the Internet Is a Challenge

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the …

Column: They Fought for a King and a Cause They Did Not Know

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Alongside the many interesting new views of the war that historiography and hindsight have made available a hundred years on, there’s also a new awareness …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …

Column: We Deserve to Know Why the Co-op Fired Us

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hanover Co-op General Manager Terry Appleby wrote a recent op-ed article for the Valley News in which he described the many attributes of the Hanover Co-op, including the Co-op’s purported support for employee rights to seek to form a union and to offer constructive criticism to management. However, …

Column: Morality in the Middle East

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

  The ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs scandal raises an important question: When our veterans are being denied access to basic health care, why is the Pentagon squandering billions of dollars on programs that do not benefit our …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

A high-level official of the Internal Revenue Service declares her innocence before a congressional committee and then asserts the Fifth Amendment right that she had effectively just waived. Incriminating emails have surfaced, while others are declared lost. An arrogant IRS commissioner declares that none of this amounts to …

Editorial: No Relief on the Debt

Friday, July 18, 2014

Washington has taken an indefinite break from the budget debate that marked the early part of this decade. No one’s expecting a grand bargain any time soon. Nor a small bargain, nor even serious incremental reform. Deficits have come down from their historic highs during the Great Recession …