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Column: When America Shot Down a Passenger Jet

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane — Iran Air Flight 655 — shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain …

Column: A Disengaged President Fails to Grasp This Moment in History

Monday, July 28, 2014

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editorial: Oversight Needed of Government Labs

Monday, July 21, 2014

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them — without even properly sterilizing them first. What’s worse is that this was one in a string …

About Cutting Corporate Taxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee on the topic of assessing the recovery after five years. As you can imagine, congressional testimony can be pretty frustrating these days for members of the fact-based community, but I thought this one covered a lot of …

Column: Reading in the Age of the Internet Is a Challenge

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the …

Column: They Fought for a King and a Cause They Did Not Know

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Alongside the many interesting new views of the war that historiography and hindsight have made available a hundred years on, there’s also a new awareness …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …

Column: We Deserve to Know Why the Co-op Fired Us

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hanover Co-op General Manager Terry Appleby wrote a recent op-ed article for the Valley News in which he described the many attributes of the Hanover Co-op, including the Co-op’s purported support for employee rights to seek to form a union and to offer constructive criticism to management. However, …

Column: Morality in the Middle East

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

  The ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs scandal raises an important question: When our veterans are being denied access to basic health care, why is the Pentagon squandering billions of dollars on programs that do not benefit our …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

A high-level official of the Internal Revenue Service declares her innocence before a congressional committee and then asserts the Fifth Amendment right that she had effectively just waived. Incriminating emails have surfaced, while others are declared lost. An arrogant IRS commissioner declares that none of this amounts to …