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Column: Colleges Must Reaffirm Their Commitment to Free Speech and Academic Freedom

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Censorship in the academic community is commonplace. Students and faculty are increasingly being investigated and punished for controversial, dissenting or simply discomforting speech. It is time for colleges and universities to take a deep breath, remember who they are and reaffirm their fundamental commitment to freedom of expression. The past academic year offers a depressing number of examples of institutions of higher education failing to live up to their core …

Column: Will Republicans Effect a Revolution From Above?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Disillusionment with establishment politics has long been a staple of Republican politics. In the Obama years, it gave us the Tea Party and the rebellious House caucus that shut down the government. In this climate, the popularity of outsider presidential candidates doesn’t seem unnatural. But could we be hearing something different now, the …

Column: How a Law’s Unintended Consequences Changed the Face of America

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fifty years ago yesterday , after taking a curious route to the president’s desk, one of the most underestimated bills in U.S. history was signed into law. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) would end up changing the face of the United States as much as any measure enacted in the 20th …

Editorial: Eternally Yogi

Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s over. Except that it’s not, really. Yogi Berra might have died, but he will live on among baseball fans of all stripes and lovers of pop culture. You didn’t have to know the game to know Yogi. …

Column: The Looming Battle Over Insurance Deductibles

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Until now, the fight over health care reform has mostly been a battle over two numbers: how many Americans have insurance, and how much they pay in premiums. It may be time to think more seriously about a third number: out-of-pocket costs. On Tuesday, the Kaiser Family Foundation …

Column: The GOP Frontrunner-of-the-Month Club

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Washington Sorry, Carly. You’re peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain. This week’s CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from just 3 percent weeks earlier. Meantime, the previously …

Column: College Rankings Undervalue a Liberal Arts Education

Thursday, September 24, 2015

For college educators, September is now shaped by the thunderclaps of rankings, each with its own data, fanfare and false hierarchies. For those who believe that liberal arts education forms young adults and fosters freedom — endeavors that are impossible to quantify and rank — it’s tempting to …

Willem Lange: Ready or Not, Here Comes Autumn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Montpelier You’d hardly know it was happening, for all the attention being paid it; but this is a pretty big week in the temperate and arctic zones of the globe. The Earth — “our island home,” as it’s called in the weekly prayers at my church — is …

Column: America, We Have a Problem: Bigotry

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Washington We have a problem in this country — it’s called Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But fortunately we have a solution — it’s called voters. Last Thursday, Trump, still the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, didn’t quarrel with a questioner at his rally …

Column: Where Theologians and Economists Dare to Tread

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week, Pope Francis is expected to implore both the U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly to take aggressive steps to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. His thinking on this issue is not simple alarm over climate change. It …

Column: Why I Had an Abortion After 20 Weeks

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In coming days, the Senate is expected to consider a federal ban on abortions at 20 weeks. Before lawmakers cast their votes, I would like them to hear my story. If such a ban had been in place a year ago, I would have been condemned to carry …

Column: So Now the Constitution Is Up for Debate

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Washington It was a coincidence, but a jarring one, that the second Republican presidential debate took place the day before Constitution Day. The GOP candidates’ remarks betrayed the need for a remedial course — or maybe any course at all — in constitutional law, judicial independence and the …

Column: Contentment, and Repression, in Crimea

Monday, September 21, 2015

It has been 18 months since “green men” from Russia took over the Crimean peninsula, installing an alleged former gangster nicknamed Goblin to run it. How’s that working out for people? By all accounts most of Crimea’s inhabitants are happy. They’re happy not to be part of the …