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Column: Hey, Senate Colleagues: Let’s Do Lunch

Saturday, October 25, 2014

So two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, are marooned for a week on a deserted island. . . . Sounds like a lead-in to a political joke, right? Well, it actually happened. We know, because we are those two senators. Why did we do it? Why on earth would we travel halfway around the world on our own dime, only to be dropped into the ocean, where we …

Column: From NOAA to Hartland, the View on Rapid Climate Change

Saturday, October 25, 2014

During a recent panel discussion at the First Universalist Society of Hartland, we were asked to talk about our fears and thoughts regarding climate change. Before going into my response, it may be helpful to mention my background in climate studies. I have been investigating the global atmosphere since my student years at MIT in the 1960s and later at a National Oceanic …

Column: Big Blue Sings the Blues, and Here’s Why

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Blue’s got the blues. On Monday, IBM’s stock tumbled by 7 percent after it unveiled a dismal quarterly earnings report that showed a 4 percent drop in revenue — the 10th consecutive quarter of flat or declining sales. Revealing these mournful numbers, the company also announced it would abandon a policy that …

Column: Leave the Driving to the Radar, the Sensors and the Software

Friday, October 17, 2014

My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; break rules; get distracted; and crash into each other. That is why …

Column: Will Enthusiasm Gap Be the Dems’ Downfall?

Friday, October 17, 2014

National polling on the Nov. 4 midterm elections confirms a doleful trend that’s been firming up all year: Voters aren’t enthusiastic about their choices — on either side. A Gallup Poll last week found that only 32 percent of voters said they felt “extremely motivated” to go to …

Column: Germany’s Appalling Economic Prescription

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am a fan of Germany’s worker empowerment. By requiring corporations to divide their boards evenly between worker and management representatives and mandating that employers meet regularly with their employees to discuss and resolve company concerns, Germany has retained a high-end manufacturing sector that has enabled the nation …

Column: A Mix-Up at the Sperm Bank

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three years ago, Jennifer Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, went shopping for sperm. Not just any sperm would do. They decided that the sperm used to artificially inseminate Cramblett with their first child would have to come from a man with genetic traits similar to theirs. In …

Column: From the Booming Me Generation to the Connected Us Generation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement. …

Islamic State Conflict Is War, Not a Game

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The air war against the Islamic State is not some video game that the U.S. military is being asked to play and quickly win. We must realize that American men and women are risking their lives against an enemy that will not quit just because we tire of …

Willem Lange: Climbing Well-Worn Rocks on the ‘Mountain That Stands Alone’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jaffrey, N.H. On a Thursday morning in October, the first intimation that the hike ahead of us might not be a solitary one was the full parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Mount Monadnock is apparently one of the world’s most-climbed mountains. Weekend traffic here must …

Column: Family Planning Is a Smart Public Investment

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington Publicly funded family planning services help low-income Americans avoid serious health conditions while saving billions of dollars each year, according to a new analysis ­— benefits that go beyond providing contraception that can prevent unintended pregnancies. Past research from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports …

Column: Grandma Clinton Plays the Gender Card

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren’t sure-footed in dealing with it — recall …

Column: The Voters Tune Out As Money Floods In

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics …