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Column: Feds May Tighten Standards for Brokers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What’s in a name? In the world of financial advice, plenty. That world is divided into two categories: brokers who work on commission and advisers who work for fees. For decades, they’ve been at war over who better serves retail investors. The Obama administration may soon come down mostly on the financial advisers’ side, and for good reason: They have a legal duty to act in clients’ best interests — …

Willem Lange: It’s All Quiet, Then the Weather Forecasters Sound the Alarm

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier I’m writing this by reflected sunlight through north-facing windows. The thermometer has climbed slowly up to 8 degrees above zero, and a high, thin haze has begun to dim the sun just a bit. A south wind ruffles the tops of the white pines. It’s a weather-breeder. You don’t have to have lived here for too many years to know that something …

Forum, Jan. 28: We Need Oil; Flatlanders from Vermont?; Require Background Checks; Too Close to Likud

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Need Oil, We Need the Pipeline To the Editor: Roger D. Masters is dead wrong (“A Pipeline to Nowhere,” Jan. 20). We need to complete the Keystone XL pipeline forthwith. Petroleum — in many, many forms — is a necessity. Besides gasoline and diesel fuel, there’s home heating oil, industrial lubricants, plastics, complex petrochemicals used in industry and the military — the …

Column: Fear in Our Times, and Overcoming It

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Terror began to influence American politics well before Sept. 11, 2001, but the day’s events surely intensified the role fear plays in our nation’s public life. My own response that day was a mixture of denial and unfocused fear. In the weeks and months that followed, I resisted …

Column: Scandinavia Is Great — Just Not That Great

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“What’s there not to love?” actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC’s expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. “Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby — even if you don’t have a baby, …

Column: Children of Secular Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in …

Column: Creativity Happens When Thetford Students Aim to Help Schoolmate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I had seen this classroom before — lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in the corner — but today when I approached and …

Column: Like It or Not, There’s Good News

Friday, January 23, 2015

Washington “This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are …

Column: President’s Speech Omitted Looming Entitlement Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This …

Column: Here Come the ‘Class Warfare’ Attacks on Obama

Friday, January 23, 2015

Albert Hunt For Bloomberg News Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, leveled the “class warfare” charge in describing President Barack Obama’s …

Column: Mount Sunapee Resort Expansion Good for Jobs, Environment

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tim and Diane Mueller are now in their 17th year as the operators of Mount Sunapee Resort, of which I am the president and general manager. It has been a successful partnership with the State of New Hampshire. Over the years, our relationship with local communities and the …

Column: A Flight of Fantasy For Science in India

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a famous 1966 talk, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman observed, “Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation.” Hundreds of scientists — many of them based at American universities, …

Column: Obama’s Tax Plan Really Does Target the Rich

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama isn’t kidding when he says the tax proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address would have an effect on inequality in the U.S.: The wealthiest 1 percent would pay the most, by far. In seeking to pay for measures aimed at helping the …