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Willem Lange: Paddling Down the River With Good Company for a Good Cause

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just about 30 hours ago I turned into the narrow entrance lane to the refurbished and improved boat launch site in Orford. There were people everywhere in white T-shirts with the word “Volunteer” on the back, waiting to help the expected crowd. I was early, as is my wont, so I got a lovely spot to stash my canoe and gear beside the ramp. A pair of ladies under a …

Column: Frustration in Ferguson has Economic Roots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. All that folks elsewhere know is that greater St. Louis has some problematic relationships between black and white, and between police and the community. All of St. Louis …

Column: Will Scotland Really Vote for a Divorce?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent …

Willem Lange: A Musical Web Link Sends Me on a Sentimental Journey Home

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I wandered today to the hill, Maggie, to watch the scene below: The creek and the old rusty mill, Maggie, where we sat in the long, long ago. I really should spend less time in front of this computer. Like a maelstrom, it can suck you into so …

Column: Missouri’s Alternative for Primary Care

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everyone agrees that the United States does not have enough primary-care physicians. There are huge swaths of the nation, especially rural and inner-city areas, that lack any primary-care physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the shortage is at least 16,000 doctors. Various strategies have …

Column: The Iraq War Sequel Needs a Cast of Allies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America’s unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome …

Column: There Go the Neighborhoods, Authors Say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Now, “being ‘neighborly’ means leaving those around you in peace.” Or think …

Column: Obama Mulls Cynical Immigration Order

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to …

Editorial: It’s Sunny, In a Bad Way

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You probably haven’t noticed, but the sun has been more restless lately. Scientists have been predicting an upswing in volatile solar behavior, resulting in “space weather” that poses a surprisingly dangerous threat to modern society. A big “coronal mass ejection” is one of the least commonly discussed natural …

Column: Impeachment Is Rare for Good Reason

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Some 40 years after Richard Nixon resigned to avoid his likely impeachment by the House of Representatives, Washington is again talking impeachment. Members of Congress are denouncing the president’s contempt for constitutional law, while the president is raising …

Column: The Inequality Problem in the U.S. Is Lack of Equal Opportunity

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Our political discourse today is riven by the issue of inequality. Some commentators embrace inequality as an inevitable byproduct of free markets. Others say inequality is greatly overstated. Both claims are harmful and deceptive. Defenders of inequality begin with an incontrovertible fact: Free markets rely on inequality. It …

Column: Come to the Fair — Support People and Traditions

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Next weekend, I have one of the most enviable tasks in the Upper Valley — tasting the cakes, pies and cookies entered in the Cornish Fair. As head of the fair Culinary Department, one of my jobs is …

Column: Older Men and Women Unite, in Defense of Infertile Marriage

Sunday, August 10, 2014

No one is as passionate about a cause as someone touched personally by it. Sympathy for strangers with dread diseases is nothing like the angst you feel when a member of your family is sickened. You may pity victims of hurricanes, but there’s nothing like wandering your own …