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Column: Sleep for a Better You, and a Better America

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The other day President Barack Obama ruefully told The Huffington Post that he probably doesn’t get enough sleep. Our response to that was, duh! We want him to fret and worry about the country at night so we can fret and worry about other stuff. The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon unkindly insisted we don’t pay the president to sleep on the job — he’s expected to be bleary- eyed all the time. There is an ulterior motive in all this, you know. Arianna Huffington, the rich woman who founded the online Huffington Post Media Group, is peddling a new book, Thrive, in which she argues …

Column: Handicapping the Presidential Contenders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could …

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 …

Music Education Is Vital to Learning, but Often Lands on the Chopping Block

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s Für Elise. My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm, and expression. The benefit …

Column: Netanyahu’s Victory Is Not a Defeat for the Prospects for Peace

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for …

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 …