Columns

A large American flag is unfurled on the field before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets on opening day at at Nationals Park, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Column: Think You Know Pitching? Here’s Five Strikes Against You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Baseball is like church,” former major league infielder and manager Leo Durocher once said. “Many attend, few understand.” And pitching is one of the most lionized, misunderstood and mythologized aspects of the game, even among other pitchers — hence those pointless titanium-infused necklaces they’re always wearing. Here are five myths from the mound, as the new season gets underway.  …

Column: How Grant and Lee Forged a Perfect Moment at Appomattox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. It was not the Lincoln assassination; that happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For modern Americans, President Lincoln’s assassination has eclipsed the surrender that signaled the end of a …

Column: If You Come to Vermont, Hillary , I Have a Question

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents were on to me. I knew it the moment one of them began talking into a microphone hidden in his sleeve. As I maneuvered through a crowd toward Hillary, two agents advanced on me. “If you don’t leave now,” one of them, the tall one, said politely, “we’ll …

Steve Nelson: Religious Freedom Claims Take the Cake

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The excitement over religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas was near ecstatic. Such fervor over cakes, flowers and pizza! A fine phrase, albeit a bit trite, characterizes the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: a solution desperately seeking a problem. The solution sought by Indiana and …

Study the Need for an Attorney Prosecutor

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Lebanon City Council and manager should delay implementation of the request to add a prosecutor as a city employee reporting to the chief of police. Instead, I believe that it would be appropriate to appoint a committee to study the question of employing a full-time city attorney …

Column: Things Ken Burns Gets Wrong About Cancer

Friday, April 10, 2015

It’s almost mandatory that any documentary or news segment describing a new treatment for cancer must pulse with the twin themes of tragedy and hope. The camera follows patients through hospital corridors and rooms as their narratives unfold …

Column: GOP Take Notice: Voters Think About the Future, not the Past

Friday, April 10, 2015

Over the last 65 years, three Democrats — John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — captured the presidency by running as candidates of generational change against the political status quo. But in 2016, those dynamics could be reversed. Democrats are poised to nominate a 67-year-old veteran …

Editorial: Cameras Can Change Police Behavior

Friday, April 10, 2015

The video showing North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter L. Scott dead is sickening. There is a full-color record of Slager firing eight shots at the back of a fleeing Scott, then deserting the felled body, possibly to tamper with the crime scene. By …

Column: Who’s to Say Jeb Bush Isn’t Really Hispanic? Not the Census

Thursday, April 9, 2015

So the son of George H.W. Bush (Greenwich Country Day, Phillips Academy) and Barbara Pierce (Rye Country Day, Ashley Hall) thinks he’s Hispanic. Or thought he was. The New York Times reported that Jeb Bush marked “Hispanic” on a 2009 voter registration application in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Bush …

Column: N.H. Could Lead on Curbing Title Loans

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Across the country predatory lenders are siphoning money out of the pockets of our hardworking neighbors. These companies attract borrowers with the promise of fast cash without credit checks. What they really do is charge usurious rates that trap people in a cycle of debt, paying rates that …

Column: Feed the Poor, Yes, but Nothing Too Fancy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Washington Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law. Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase …

Jim Kenyon: Hospital Monitors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Like most empires, Dartmouth-Hitchcock goes to great lengths to protect its territory. That means enlisting a small army of communications/marketing/media relations specialists to make sure employees don’t say anything that could prove potentially damaging or embarrassing to what Dartmouth-Hitchcock unabashedly refers to as its “brand.” With 9,000 employees …

Column: The Dangers of Unlimited Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Federal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., challenge the reasoning behind a court decision that has allowed wealthy donors to pour more than $2 billion into “independent spending” groups in the last two election cycles. The Justice …