P/sunny
44°
P/sunny
Hi 55° | Lo 37°

Columns

Column: The Center (and Left and Right) Will Not Hold

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. A broad desire for governments to reduce the levels of economic insecurity and expand opportunity is constrained by a loss of confidence in the capacity of government to succeed. …

Column: Campaign Spending Is a Scandal Waiting to Happen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The role of money and politics in the 2016 presidential election is a conundrum. Humongous sums will be spent; the effect on the outcome could be minimal, but in time the flood of cash may produce Watergate-level money scandals. Spending by candidates, parties and outside groups and individuals may approach $10 billion. Both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, if they receive their parties’ …

Column: Choose a Woman for U.N. Secretary-General

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Over the next year, the United Nations will make a critical choice. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends Dec. 31, 2016, and a new leader will replace him. In the past, the election of a successor has taken place in the fall of a secretary-general’s final year in office, but the debate is heating up early this time around. Since the birth of the …

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 …