Columns

Column: The Danger of Releasing Detainees

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter faces a profound dilemma. He leads the department that has jurisdiction over the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that detains Islamic militants. At the same time, his boss, President Obama, is determined to close Guantanamo to fulfill a campaign promise he made eight years ago. In fact, the president’s single-minded focus on closing Guantanamo in the waning months of his administration — as illustrated by the …

Column: The Internet Will Disrupt Elite Universities, Too

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It happened to newspapers. It happened to magazines. It happened to books. Now it’s happening to higher education: another industry thrown into turmoil and shock because its business model has been overturned by the Internet. Fifteen or 20 years ago, the newspaper industry was just awakening to the implications of moving online. At first, those implications seemed miraculous. Newspapers were already more or …

Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been transformational. He has not fulfilled the early promise of change. That hoped-for change was not …

Column: Get Off Your High Horse and Admit You’re a Snob

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snobbery, like snoring, is universal. You might believe it doesn’t apply to you, but your intimates would tell a different story. Don’t get huffy: Everybody’s a snob about something. Snobs are those who imagine that their sensibilities, tastes or responses in a specific arena are more discriminating, more …

Editorial: Billionaires for President?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just when it seemed as if the presidential race couldn’t get any stranger, billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that he may run for the White House as an independent if the two major parties nominate their least- mainstream candidates. Having more choices on the ballot …

‘We Believe in America, and We Love Our Freedom’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Following is the text of Sarah Palin’s Jan. 19 endorsement of Donald Trump, as transcribed by BuzzFeed, via The Washington Post. “Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here in Iowa. We’re here just thawing out. …

Column: Take Care, Pedestrians, in the Upper Valley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

There she was . . . latte in hand, phone up against chin, peacoat perfectly buttoned. She was standing in the middle of Lebanon Street in Hanover. I slammed on the brakes. She kept talking on her phone and waved briefly before continuing her jaunt across the street. …

Column: The U.S. Isn’t Going to Fall Like Rome Did

Saturday, January 30, 2016

People who are worried about the future of the U.S. often find parallels with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And oh the parallels there are! Here are a few I dredged up in a brief Internet search: easy monetary policy, excessive bureaucracy, entitlement spending, income …

Column: American Climate Refugees Are on the Move

Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

Editorial: False Accusation Against Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 29, 2016

‘We must go where the evidence leads us.” So explained a Texas district attorney about why an investigation into alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood ended instead with charges against Planned Parenthood’s accusers. By adhering to the facts, prosecutors and grand jurors set a model of behavior that puts …

Column: End Times in Iowa

Friday, January 29, 2016

Keosauqua, Iowa “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from this abyss.” When Sen. Ted Cruz closed his prayerful plea to a crowd of about 150 people here late Tuesday night, the “abyss” he had …

Column: O’Malley Is a Serious Candidate; Let’s Take Him Seriously

Friday, January 29, 2016

Well, somebody has to do it. Somebody has to write about Martin O’Malley. He’s a serious person, with serious things to say, and it’s a travesty that he hasn’t gotten more coverage. In this election, two big issues …

Column: Longstreet Is a Civl War General Who Deserves a Monument

Friday, January 29, 2016

Born in 1821 in South Carolina, James Longstreet graduated from West Point in 1842 and served with distinction in the Mexican War. As the officer corps split along sectional lines, he joined the Confederacy in 1861, eventually rising …