Columns

Column: Sleep for a Better You, and a Better America

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The other day President Barack Obama ruefully told The Huffington Post that he probably doesn’t get enough sleep. Our response to that was, duh! We want him to fret and worry about the country at night so we can fret and worry about other stuff. The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon unkindly insisted we don’t pay the president to sleep on the job — he’s expected to be bleary- eyed all the time. There is an ulterior motive in all this, you know. Arianna Huffington, the rich woman who founded the online Huffington Post Media Group, is peddling a new book, Thrive, in which she argues …

Column: Handicapping the Presidential Contenders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could …

Column: Working Class Behaving Badly? Actually, It’s Just the Opposite

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent column on the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug use. According to Brooks, the problem isn’t just economics, but a result of moral relativism: “The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts …

Column: The Sea Offers a Big Wave of Green Energy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yesterday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s a reminder that, in the drive to switch more of the …

Column: Good Day for Netanyahu, but Not for Israel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Washington Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals. Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s …

Column: N.H. Fails on Minimum Wage

Friday, March 20, 2015

The test of our faith to our values is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much, it is whether we provide opportunity for those who have little. Tests of faith are never easy. They challenge us to examine our conscience and …

Column: Origins of the Logan Act

Friday, March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a week since 47 Senate Republicans sent that letter to Tehran, and commentators can’t get enough of asking: What about the Logan Act? The law, passed by Congress and signed by President John Adams …

Column: GOP Denies “War on Women”

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Washington There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to …

Column: When Labor Unions Are Targeted, Workers Take Economic Hit

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Joining a union is the best investment a worker can make. Unions need defending, maybe more than ever, because of the attacks they face. The passage of a right-to-work law in Wisconsin and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal for right-to-work zones show how distorted the lens is when …

Column: The Billionaire Advantage in the 2016 Race

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jeb Bush is trying to lock in a top spot in the Republican presidential field by banking $100 million by the end of this month, a financial “shock-and-awe” strategy that helped his brother clear candidates from the field in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. In recent elections, however, …

Willem Lange: Travel Plans, With Reservations, or Going Where the Wind Blows

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Montpelier “How far can we get the first day?” Mother asked. “Wrong question,” I responded. “It should be, How far do we want to get the first day?” “But where are we going to stay?” “I haven’t the faintest idea. But what’s to worry? Interstate 81 is a …

Jim Kenyon: Outside Opportunity

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Laird Stanard was 17 years old in December 1999 when on holiday break from boarding school, he killed his mother with a single blast from a 20-gauge shotgun at the family’s home in West Windsor. He took aim at his father as well, but missed. Stanard, now 32, …

Column: Why Republicans Issued Their Iran Letter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the letter simply explains the fact that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program that is not approved by Congress may not …