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Column: Scouts’ Decision Isn’t About the Kids

Friday, July 31, 2015

Any Boy Scout can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they’re not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won’t hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male-female dichotomy. It’s not considered polite to point out …

Column: An Attack on Planned Parenthood, and on Women’s Health Care

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women’s health care for nearly a century. Each year, 2.7 million people come to our health centers for high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care. Since our very beginning, our health centers, providers and patients have come under outrageous attacks, political and otherwise. These attacks are not …

Editorial: Fund Alzheimer’s Research

Friday, July 31, 2015

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease tallied a small victory last week, when two new drugs were found that possibly slow its relentless attack on brain cells. But the search for a cure isn’t moving nearly quickly enough. Alzheimer’s kills about 100,000 Americans every year and undermines the final years of life for some 5 million more. Forgetfulness and disorientation are the first symptoms, …

Column: Video Confronts Us With Reality of Abortion

Monday, July 27, 2015

“Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 Washington Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized …

Column: Should 90-Year-Old Ex-Prison Guard Be Prosecuted?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Should Denmark prosecute a 90-year-old Dane who volunteered as a Nazi concentration-camp guard more than 70 years ago? The question isn’t hypothetical: The Simon Wiesenthal Center has presented Danish authorities with a dossier urging the prosecution of Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who by his own account was present at …

Column: Neville Chamberlain Deserves a Fairer Hearing Than History Has Provided

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington After the final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program was announced in Vienna earlier this month, references to one long-gone politician surged on social media: Neville Chamberlain. This is not surprising. The late British prime minister, …

Column: Ronda Rousey’s Powerful Argument for Women’s Sports

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Everyone has been talking about Caitlyn Jenner’s inspiring ESPYs speech earlier this month — and with good reason. The recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage pledged to use her platform to shed light on the plight …

Column: Long Live Long Lunches in France

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Like nearly everyone with roots in Norwich, I have long known the operating hours of Dan and Whit’s General Store. If it is between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., the store is open, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas …

Column: The Cars of My Youth Live On in Cuba

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cuba, diplomatically unfrozen after 50 years, is more than an economic treasure for investors now that the Cuban flag flies over an embassy in Washington. It is an automobile time capsule. And it should be preserved as such, …

Column: The Risk of Sanctuary Cities

Friday, July 24, 2015

In reality, there is no free lunch. In the alternate reality known as the American political debate, however, that’s the only kind on the menu. Conservatives say tax cuts boost economic growth, which yields higher revenue. No need to worry about bigger budget deficits. Meanwhile, over on the …

Column: Gossip Is Good

Friday, July 24, 2015

Last week the gossip site Gawker published a story apparently outing a heterosexually married New York media executive of high social class, connections and reputation. The material came from a gay male escort who had tried and failed to persuade the executive in question to help him resolve …

Column: Mad as Hell, and Supporting Donald Trump

Friday, July 24, 2015

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner. That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the …

Column: Patchwork Ethics, or Are Quilters Stealing?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Did I plagiarize a quilt? The design was lovely: three patchworked ribbons twisting around each other and blending where they intersected. The moment I saw it on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. I clicked: only more photos. No pattern to buy, no directions to download, …