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Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but its relevance is in doubt as the national media threaten the state’s traditional function of vetting the candidates. In this election cycle, …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise money to help the war’s victims — and here the outlook is more promising. According …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter fraud (both for sending a shady “voter violation” mailer and fanning false rumors that Ben …

Column: Creativity Thrives on Hardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It’s a new year and that means new bean bag chairs. Chances are high that someone in your office — the Chief Innovation Officer, perhaps, or the Senior Motivational Poohbah — will decide that your firm is not …

Column: There Are No Healthy Foods, Only Healthy People

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Recently I watched a woman set a carton of Land O’ Lakes Fat-Free Half-and-Half on the conveyor belt at a supermarket. “Can I ask you why you’re buying fat-free half-and-half?” I said. Half-and-half is defined by its fat …

Column: My Connection With Vermont Soil Goes Deep, as in Digging Deep

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Some say you aren’t a real Vermonter unless both your parents are buried in Vermont, as if the Vermont soil does something special to the genetic code. Both my parents are quietly resting under the Connecticut soil, so …

Column: Mother Nature Says: Take Notice

Saturday, January 23, 2016

For those still unconvinced about the reality of climate change, the year that just ended should erase any doubt. Climate data from the air, land and water all reveal an indisputable portrait of a warming world. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA jointly announced …

Column: The Iran Deal Was Awful, but the Prisoner Swap Was Not

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Washington Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous, but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost all their fire on the swap sideshow. …

Column: Why Immigration Is a Big Deal for Conservatives

Friday, January 22, 2016

Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, is the latest Republican to learn how important immigration has become to conservatives. In her response to the State of the Union address, she argued both that immigrants should be made to feel welcome and that we have to maintain control …

Column: The Entire Republican Party Is Going Rogue

Friday, January 22, 2016

Washington The fixed smile on Donald Trump’s face as Sarah Palin unleashed her free-association, who-knows-what-she’ll-say-next harangue endorsing him on Tuesday sent its own message. “How long do I have to stand here?” it seemed to say. But of …

Column: When Green Power Is Not So Green

Friday, January 22, 2016

If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. In most states, rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, …

Editorial: Water Crisis in Flint

Friday, January 22, 2016

The state of Michigan has found itself facing a disaster over the provision of the most basic of services — clean drinking water. In 2014, the state tried to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. Corrosive water from the river caused …