Columns

Zombies in a publicity still for the fifth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead." (AMC - Frank Ockenfels 3)

Column: Each Generation Invents the Monsters It Needs

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A search for “zombie fiction” on Amazon currently provides you with more than 25,000 options. Barely a week goes by without another onslaught from the living dead on our screens. We’ve just seen the return of one of the most successful of these, The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln as small-town sheriff Rick Grimes. The show follows the adventures of …

Column: What Does the Public Get in Privacy Trade-Offs?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Suppose that the government were to ask each of us to wear an unremovable bracelet that allowed our location to be determined in an emergency. The responsible agencies would promise never to use this authority in the absence of a court order. True, there would be a potential threat to privacy, but supporters …

Column: The Chicken Count — Small Farmers Could Use Flexibility in Slaughter Rules

Sunday, March 1, 2015

This past year, we raised and sold 1,000 chickens on our farm outside White River Junction. We have a strong market for chicken, and every year we can sell this many birds with a reasonable return on time and financial investment. Why, you might ask, if the market is there, don’t we sell …

Column: Unanswerable Questions Are Sometimes the Best Kind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We always got the easy parts, we clever teenagers. We knew that the Jester was Bob Dylan, and that “Jack Flash sat on a candlestick” referred to the Rolling Stones playing Candlestick Park. “Eight miles high and falling fast” was trivial. There were always a few kids who …

Column: ‘Mockingbird’ Reflects a World Divided Between Readers and Nonreaders

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Until a couple of weeks ago, Harper Lee was the model of literary reticence. In the 55 years since the publication of her To Kill a Mockingbird, she had settled into silence, firmly resisting the pleas of her …

Column: N.H.’s Pot Possession Law Is Costly for Everyone

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has been quoted as opposing decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults on the grounds that doing so would “send the wrong message.” What is the message …

Column: Home Ec Still Has a Place in Schools

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My junior high home economics experience wasn’t stellar. I stirred the muffins too long, and if you stir the batter too long, the muffins, instead of being nicely rounded on top and evenly textured inside, turn out more …

Column: Scott Walker: No Degree and Proud of It

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Washington In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant — and concerning — is how Walker talks …

Column: Why Wal-Mart Will Pay Its Workers More

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage. The retail colossus, which has seen sales struggle a bit recently, finally had a sunnier quarter. And apparently it’s so giddy that it is announcing a major wage increase for many of its retail workers: a minimum …

Column: Forget It, Liberals — Warren Isn’t Running

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it’s time to stop wishin’ and hopin’: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Really and truly. Progressive Democrats have bombarded her office with postcards, signed online …

Column: STEM Majors Need Liberal Arts, Too

Friday, February 20, 2015

Memphis In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it. The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by …

Column: Some Governors Seek to Chop Taxes as the Potholes Deepen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seattle The governor of Washington wants to raise the state tax on a gallon of gasoline by at least 11 cents. A continent away, the governor of Maryland wants to block a scheduled increase in the state tax on gas. We’ve got ourselves more battles between the Democrats …

Column: It Takes Four Critical Steps for Tax Reform

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 1986 Congress passed, and the president signed, the most sweeping tax reform bill in the history of the tax code. Could it be done today? To answer that question, remember the history. In December 1985, the House passed a tax reform bill that President Ronald Reagan said …