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Column: When I Got Too in Touch With Local Food

Friday, April 18, 2014

The chickens are out of feed. Before they can make a dash through the coop’s open door, I hoist the round metal feeder from its hook and squat-walk backward until I can stand straight again. I turn my back on the flock, fill the feeder and crouch back into the coop. I am one-twelfth of the Chicken Tenders, a Tucson chicken-tending attempt at collective urban homesteading. Months before, we’d each …

Column: Around the World, Girls Suffer Sexual Abuse From Teachers

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo A dust-diffused brightness illuminated female speakers dressed in patterns of orange and green, yellow and blue as they addressed a group of journalists and activists about the many challenges facing women in their country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These challenges include low literacy, a lack of representation in politics and disenfranchisement from access to other …

Column: A Wounded Boston Marathoner Now Revels in the Ordinary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby’s room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early — 10:30 — and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. “I started the first wall,” she says. “I love that gray.” Erin never bugs me …

The New Advocacy Journalism Serves an Important Purpose

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hope is the latest trend in journalism. Even hardened pessimists can’t help noticing when serious investment money and donations flow into startups and new initiatives from traditional media companies, as the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project documented recently in its latest annual State of the News Media report. …

Column: Marines Should Train Women to Succeed

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I awoke to Eminem blasting hours before dawn at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. A fog of breath and sweat permeated the cold January air as I joined 104 other nervous lieutenants hauling gear to the classroom where …

Column: When I Testified for Fred Phelps

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fred Phelps, the notorious pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., died of heart failure March 19 at the age of 84. While his death triggered celebrations among those who reviled his crude and virulent homophobia — …

Column: Big Money Threatens American Education

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pound another nail into the coffin of democracy. Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission struck down limits on aggregate contributions to political candidates and political party committees. In the view of the 5-4 majority, as written by Chief Justice John Roberts, “There is no …

Column: School Governance in Vermont Works Well

Saturday, April 5, 2014

When a press release named me as the only Vermont State Board of Education member who voted against the House consolidation plan (H883), the perfectly predictable result was a stampede of reporters asking me, “Why?” Here’s my answer: The bill is ghost dancing. In 1890, the Sioux were …

Column: In Cruel April, I Ache With Anticipation for the Warmth of Spring

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Can this be April? A transplant from New York living 10 years in Vermont by now, I should be used to the month of April here in my new state. But with 2 feet of snow still lingering after such a long winter, when the Eye on the …

Column: The Wealth of Nations Rests in Creativity

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Free-market capitalism is a success because it does the most efficient possible job of allocating a society’s resources, or so goes the prevailing logic. But what if capitalism’s true value lies elsewhere? What if its most important attribute …

Column: Colleges Must Stop Exploiting Athletes

Friday, April 4, 2014

Recently, Bill Maher tweeted that “March Madness really is a stirring reminder of what America was founded on — making tons of money off the labor of unpaid black people.” College athletes do receive scholarships and are not forced to play, so a more accurate comparison might be …

Column: Small Towns and Inner Cities Should Bank on the Post Office

Friday, April 4, 2014

Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it’s easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on …

Column: Sexual Assault: Judges Are Far Too Lenient

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Haven, Conn. What is wrong with Delaware Judge Jan Jurden, who last week gave a DuPont heir, Robert H. Richards IV, probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter? In her mind-boggling order suspending Richards’ eight-year prison sentence, Jurden …