Columns

Failed Policy: Obama Appeases, Iran Rises

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ∎  Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, nonthreatening (to Iran) Arabian state — asserting its new status as regional …

Column: Trade, Yes, but Help American Workers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Washington No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn’t wrong. Obama told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations. Warren is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an abomination — not because of the deal itself, and not because free trade in general is …

Editorial: Hello, Pluto

Monday, April 27, 2015

People of Earth: Only rarely do you get the chance to explore a new world, so buckle up because the moment is approaching at a speed of 30,000 mph. That’s how fast NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is hurtling toward its destination of tiny, distant Pluto. Just 60 million miles or so to go before the planned July 14 flyby — after a journey …

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 …

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 …

Column: Leaving Las Vegas, and Back Home to the Upper Valley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On a recent weekend, I won $502 on a penny slot machine in the MGM Grand Las Vegas. That’s half a grand at the Grand. I was overjoyed, since I’m not much of a gambler and it was …

Column: Me and My Wheelchair: People Assume a Lot

Friday, April 17, 2015

I recently was out on a dinner date with my lovely girlfriend Anna when a stranger approached to have a friendly conversation. He turned to my girlfriend and asked, “Are you his sister?” There is nothing inherently wrong with his question, but if I saw two young people …

Column: Geisel Should Produce More Family Doctors

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Geisel School of Medicine is an excellent medical school doing a great job at turning out the medical specialists of tomorrow. I have had the privilege of following a group of superb students who will embark upon their residencies shortly. I am pleased that they are following …

Column: Japan Gets Left Behind As Cheaper Yen Drives Toyota Profits

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nobody should be surprised that Toyota, flush with $18 billion in profits this year, has emerged as a major beneficiary of Abenomics. After all, the weakened yen at the center of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program was designed to help the bottom lines of major exporters. …

Column: Rubio Tries the Generational Strategy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Washington In all of rock ‘n’ roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in …

Column: Greece Is Short on Time, Money

Friday, April 17, 2015

Greece, as everyone knows, is running out of money. That means it might not be able to pay its debts, including what it owes the International Monetary Fund, which should be a cause for serious anxiety in Europe. But there’s a dangerous myth starting to gain traction that …

Column: Stand Up for Office Health

Thursday, April 16, 2015

There may be no more euphemistically titled field of research than “inactivity physiology.” Or, the never-before-needed study of how incredibly awful it is to sit on your keister all day. By now we’re all familiar with the general findings: Prolonged sitting leads to more heart disease, decreased sensitivity …

Column: Lincoln, Posthumous Hero

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abraham Lincoln was laughing at a punch line at a stage play when he was shot once in the back of the head. He never regained consciousness and died nine hours later. Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the day that John Wilkes Booth snuck into the presidential …