Columns

Column: Sexism Hindered, And Helped, My Career

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I got my job as a reporter at The New York Times in 1977 partly because I was a woman. Some said that I lost my job at the paper almost 30 years later for the same reason, but, while I was certainly affected by sexism, my departure was another story entirely. The Times was indisputably sexist in the early 1970s, leading seven female employees to file what became a …

Column: U.S. Isn’t a Good Neighbor to Canada

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a world full of bad news, North America has been having quite a good run lately. Energy production is off the charts in the United States and Canada, and much-needed political and economic reforms are steadily advancing in Mexico, while fewer Mexicans are moving to the United States. Given the Obama administration’s lack of progress in other parts of the world, one …

Columnist: The Billionaires Choose Their Candidates

Friday, April 24, 2015

The news that delivered the biggest jolt to the 2016 presidential campaign this week wasn’t anything the candidates said or did. It was an offhand comment from a billionaire, David H. Koch, at a dinner of wealthy Republicans in New York. “Scott Walker is terrific,” Koch told a reporter for the New York …

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 …

Column: GOP to the Rescue for the Nation’s Richest

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Washington Give credit to Republicans in Congress. They’ve discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they’re no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of …

Column: It’s Come to This: Death Penalty Firing Squads

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On March 23, Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation that will make the firing squad a legal method of execution in Utah. The state faces the same problem that is challenging other death penalty states, the difficulty of obtaining the drugs required for lethal injection. The shortage of drugs …

Willem Lange: Back to the Civil War Battlefields

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sharpsburg, Md. It’s a raw and windy day here in the angle between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. At 3 o’clock the rangers at the National Battlefield Headquarters on the grassy rise commanding a view of the field will ring bells commemorating the 150th anniversary of the …

Jim Kenyon: A Broker’s Payback

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In May 2009, Rob Fenyk, a stockbroker who ran a small branch office in Woodstock for investment banking giant Raymond James Financial Services, was abruptly fired. Over a couple of emails. But before delving into that part of the story, here’s some background: Fenyk moved to Barnard with …

Column: Whatever the Iran Deal Is, They’re Against It

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Washington In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we’re experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair. A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went on television and proposed abandoning the nuclear deal just reached with Iran and returning to the 2013 interim agreement that …

Column: So Much Talk About the Middle Class, but Not Enough Action

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Right now, the people aspiring to be president will say and do anything to appeal narrowly to their party’s base. But when the contest for the presidency really gets underway, they are likely to say and do anything to appeal broadly to America’s middle class. And that is …

Column: Sugar Lobby Explains Away Health Risks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Washington Our mothers told us: Sugar is filled with “empty calories,” and it can rot your teeth, make you fat and give you diabetes. They told us this because, unfortunately, it’s true. But this is Washington, and things …