Columns

Column: Critics Call Singapore an Autocracy, but I Felt Free There

Monday, March 30, 2015

Between my early life in India and my current life in the United States, I spent 14 years in paradise: Singapore. From clean water and crime-free streets to reliable public transportation and easy access to libraries, the state government anticipates all the basic needs to provide its residents a good quality of life and eliminate the stresses that can impede personal progress. But in the coverage that followed the death …

Editorial: Take a Vacation From Digital Devices

Monday, March 30, 2015

A couple and their two kids await dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. Everyone is silent, hunched over cellphones. A familiar picture? Yes, but families can break the pattern this summer — at least for a week or two — by taking a digital-free summer vacation. With spring break in the rear-view mirror, what better time to think ahead about an e-free time, either …

Column: A Lot Rides on Small Money Vs. Big Money

Monday, March 30, 2015

“The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties,” President Theodore Roosevelt — that scurrilous Republican radical — told Congress in 1907. TR’s preference for democracy over plutocracy (he also recommended banning corporations from donating to presidential campaigns) clearly doesn’t carry much weight among the …

Column: GOP Denies “War on Women”

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Washington There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to …

Column: When Labor Unions Are Targeted, Workers Take Economic Hit

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Joining a union is the best investment a worker can make. Unions need defending, maybe more than ever, because of the attacks they face. The passage of a right-to-work law in Wisconsin and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal for right-to-work zones show how distorted the lens is when …

Column: The Billionaire Advantage in the 2016 Race

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jeb Bush is trying to lock in a top spot in the Republican presidential field by banking $100 million by the end of this month, a financial “shock-and-awe” strategy that helped his brother clear candidates from the field in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. In recent elections, however, …

Willem Lange: Travel Plans, With Reservations, or Going Where the Wind Blows

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Montpelier “How far can we get the first day?” Mother asked. “Wrong question,” I responded. “It should be, How far do we want to get the first day?” “But where are we going to stay?” “I haven’t the faintest idea. But what’s to worry? Interstate 81 is a …

Jim Kenyon: Outside Opportunity

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Laird Stanard was 17 years old in December 1999 when on holiday break from boarding school, he killed his mother with a single blast from a 20-gauge shotgun at the family’s home in West Windsor. He took aim at his father as well, but missed. Stanard, now 32, …

Column: Why Republicans Issued Their Iran Letter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the letter simply explains the fact that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program that is not approved by Congress may not …

Column: Too Many Deer in N.H.?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have you noticed certain plants, such as native lilies, pink lady slipper orchids or trillium disappearing in nearby woodlands? Certain garden plants such as hostas disappearing? Seedling sugar maples not growing into saplings? A forest understory bare of …

Column: States Would Do Better to Cooperate on Greenhouse Gas Rules

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Will states take the easy way? The Environmental Protection Agency will soon demand that states cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. You would think that state leaders, particularly Republicans warning of an EPA regulatory apocalypse, would be frantically reaching for the least onerous strategies to comply. But so far many …

Column: The Fed Should Not Be Above Criticism

Monday, March 16, 2015

“Bash” is a useful word for journalists looking to stack the deck. We criticize; the people we disagree with “bash.” The bashing may take the form of criticism, but the choice of words has primed readers to regard the criticism as stupid and vulgar. Even Robert Samuelson of …

Column: The First Amendment and the Oklahoma Racist Chant

Monday, March 16, 2015

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on his campus for leading a horrifying racist chant. Does his decision violate their First Amendment rights? And if it does, what’s wrong with this picture, in which a public university wouldn’t …