Columns

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 of America there are no minimally agreed …

Column: Joe Biden, in Reserve, Waits for His Chance

Friday, March 27, 2015

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn’t sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72. …

Column: Common Core and the Truth About Values

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion would seem to be a pretty fundamental piece of any education. In the bizarre world of U.S. public schools, though, it’s proving to be controversial. For several years, schools across the U.S. — with significant help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — have been putting in place something called Common Core, a set …

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 …

Column: Too Many Deer in N.H.?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have you noticed certain plants, such as native lilies, pink lady slipper orchids or trillium disappearing in nearby woodlands? Certain garden plants such as hostas disappearing? Seedling sugar maples not growing into saplings? A forest understory bare of …

Column: States Would Do Better to Cooperate on Greenhouse Gas Rules

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Will states take the easy way? The Environmental Protection Agency will soon demand that states cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. You would think that state leaders, particularly Republicans warning of an EPA regulatory apocalypse, would be frantically reaching for the least onerous strategies to comply. But so far many …