Columns

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 …

Willem Lange: The Pace of Change Is Glacial, and Quick

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier I’ll never forget my first week in Geology 101. It was during the early fall of 1953 at a small Presbyterian liberal arts college in Ohio. I didn’t know it at the time, but the college had been the first of the Presbyterian Church-affiliated schools to include …

Other Opinion: Jan. 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service may be the least-loved arm of the federal government. For tax-hating Republican lawmakers still angry over what they see as IRS malfeasance, the antipathy is especially strong. That explains why GOP lawmakers repeatedly have cut the agency’s budget over the past several years, including …

Column: The Sound of Something New on the Right

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Washington When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.” Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration …

Column: Obama Has Hurt Chances of Tax Overhaul

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama was on a roll — until Sunday night, when the White House released a broad package of tax proposals, the latest in the State of the Union prequel-a-thon. Obama’s tax plan seeks to help the struggling middle class, address wage stagnation and reduce income inequality — …

Column: ‘America’s Worst Mom’ Says Kids Need to Roam Free Sometimes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two Maryland parents stand accused of doing the unthinkable: They trusted their kids, 10 and 6, to walk home from the park. The children got about halfway there when someone saw them and called the cops. For this, parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been visited by the …

Column: Here Come the Young Digital Libertarians

Monday, January 19, 2015

Poverty? Isn’t there an app for that? None of my college journalism students has asked me that one — yet. But I wouldn’t be all that surprised if one of them did. Millennials, it seems, have very different ideas about how to solve urban problems. And unlike the …

Column: Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed: It’s Expensive and Harmful

Monday, January 19, 2015

Before the “war on terror,” many Americans knew about Guantanamo Bay only from its depiction in A Few Good Men. In the film’s most famous scene, the Marine colonel who commands the U.S. naval base, played by Jack Nicholson, declares during a court-martial: “I have neither the time …

Column: Black Lives Mattered Then, and Do Now

Monday, January 19, 2015

For this year’s national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all of the speeches, marches, singing and rallies have to somehow have roots in Ferguson, Mo. It’s because a year ago Michael Brown …

Editorial: Government Must Help Stop Hackers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hackers defaced Crayola’s Facebook page last week with some offensive and off-color posts that no parent would want children to see. Separately, intruders managed to hijack the YouTube and Twitter accounts of U.S. Central Command, posting videos and documents to taunt the military. Both cyberattacks were symbolic annoyances …

Column: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. …