Columns

Column: The Oversized Appeal of Little Libraries, in Hanover and Elsewhere

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hanover’s Little Free Library, not much bigger than a breadbox and perched on a post outside Town Hall, was well stocked the day I peered inside. There for the taking was a novel by John Updike, a copy of Gossip Girl, and a selection of children’s stories, among other titles. The shelves were so full, in fact, there wasn’t room …

Column: A Message to the Young Entitled Man: Get a Job, Get a Life

Saturday, January 31, 2015

“What’s your goal in life?” I asked a cheerful young man at an alumni event. “I want to retire by 35” was his snappy answer. He smiled, cocked his head as if auditioning to play George Clooney’s kid brother and waited for what he clearly expected to be my delight. The line was rehearsed and he was close to 25; obviously it had …

Column: They Put Down My Pats — I Shake Them Off

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington I never knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams that many felt sorry for — God help us — and found psychologically interesting, it …

Other Opinion: Jan. 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service may be the least-loved arm of the federal government. For tax-hating Republican lawmakers still angry over what they see as IRS malfeasance, the antipathy is especially strong. That explains why GOP lawmakers repeatedly have cut the agency’s budget over the past several years, including …

Column: The Sound of Something New on the Right

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Washington When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.” Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration …

Column: Obama Has Hurt Chances of Tax Overhaul

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama was on a roll — until Sunday night, when the White House released a broad package of tax proposals, the latest in the State of the Union prequel-a-thon. Obama’s tax plan seeks to help the struggling middle class, address wage stagnation and reduce income inequality — …

Column: ‘America’s Worst Mom’ Says Kids Need to Roam Free Sometimes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two Maryland parents stand accused of doing the unthinkable: They trusted their kids, 10 and 6, to walk home from the park. The children got about halfway there when someone saw them and called the cops. For this, parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been visited by the …

Column: Here Come the Young Digital Libertarians

Monday, January 19, 2015

Poverty? Isn’t there an app for that? None of my college journalism students has asked me that one — yet. But I wouldn’t be all that surprised if one of them did. Millennials, it seems, have very different ideas about how to solve urban problems. And unlike the …

Column: Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed: It’s Expensive and Harmful

Monday, January 19, 2015

Before the “war on terror,” many Americans knew about Guantanamo Bay only from its depiction in A Few Good Men. In the film’s most famous scene, the Marine colonel who commands the U.S. naval base, played by Jack Nicholson, declares during a court-martial: “I have neither the time …

Column: Black Lives Mattered Then, and Do Now

Monday, January 19, 2015

For this year’s national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all of the speeches, marches, singing and rallies have to somehow have roots in Ferguson, Mo. It’s because a year ago Michael Brown …

Editorial: Government Must Help Stop Hackers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hackers defaced Crayola’s Facebook page last week with some offensive and off-color posts that no parent would want children to see. Separately, intruders managed to hijack the YouTube and Twitter accounts of U.S. Central Command, posting videos and documents to taunt the military. Both cyberattacks were symbolic annoyances …

Column: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. …

Column: The French Are Complicit in the Assault on Free Speech

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Within an hour of the massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, thousands of Parisians spontaneously gathered at the Place de la Republique. Rallying beneath the monumental statues representing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, they chanted “Je …