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Column: Show Me the Money, and Make it Funny

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

America’s been discussing women’s influence on our nation’s history, destiny and character. And we managed to talk about women’s contributions for almost, oh, an entire quarter of an hour until the conversation veered back to men. Makes you proud, doesn’t it? The topic under discussion was, “Which women, from U.S. history, might appear on a piece of paper currency?” (Just one piece of paper currency, mind you, one single denomination.) …

Column: In Defense of Gov. Hassan’s Veto

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let’s talk about three governors: our Gov. Maggie Hassan, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former one-term New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson. First, Gov. Hassan. I am proud that Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget written by the Republicans. The budget they wrote is fiscally irresponsible, unbalanced and dishonest about what it pays for. As …

Willem Lange: School Reunion, for a Teacher, Too

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Willsboro Point, N.Y. Mother and I have been here a few times before. It’s a pleasant little restaurant attached to a marina on the east shore of the north-facing bay. Directly across from it, the cliffs buttressing Rattlesnake Mountain rise sheer from the shore. A distinct horizontal line a couple of hundred feet up betrays the rock cut carrying the railroad toward Plattsburgh. …

Column: We Need a New Strategy in Iraq and Syria

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Washington It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct. We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, …

Column: Threatening Times for American Muslims

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ramadan has always been a time of reflection, a chance to stop and recharge my batteries, an opportunity to take a break from the regular pace. Islam prescribes this month of fasting, and as with many, my favorite place to be during Ramadan is the mosque in the …

Column: The ‘Green Pope’ Issues a Call

Friday, June 19, 2015

Washington “He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, …

Column: Labor’s Selfish Fight on Trade

Friday, June 19, 2015

President Barack Obama, elected and re-elected with significant majorities of the popular vote, believes that the American people would benefit if he gets authority from Congress to negotiate international trade agreements and then submit them to both houses for approval on an expedited basis. A bipartisan majority of …

Column: Sanders’ Surge Should Inspire GOP Hopefuls

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in New Hampshire, moving within 10 or 12 percentage points of Hillary Clinton. Nonetheless, Sanders simply is not a threat to Clinton in the Democratic nomination race. But his spike can tell a lot about the Republican contest. It’s a reminder …

Column: Sanders Must Address Racial Divide

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has to win critical support from black voters for him to have a chance. He is not trying hard enough. Sanders has so far ignored African-Americans to focus on economic populism. He believes that the answer to all …

Column: Free the Zoo Animals

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A crocodile swimming down a city street. A bear hugging an air conditioner outside a second-floor apartment window. A hippo loitering outside a Swatch store. Penguins drowned. And a young white lion dead from a police bullet to the head. Those are images from Tbilisi, the capital of …

Willem Lange: Prison Escape in the North Country

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Montpelier As I write this, on a Monday afternoon, two escaped inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are still at large, and the assorted constabulary are still searching for them everywhere they can. Thankfully, the national media have begun to lay off the hourly updates …

Column: Jeb Runs Away From the Bush Name

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Washington If Jeb Bush is going to run for president as something other than a Bush, it will take a transformation worthy of Rachel Dolezal. And yet the former Florida governor, who once accidentally checked “Hispanic” on a …

Column: The Clinton Majority

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Imagine three presidents. The first sold a moderate message to win a three-way race with 49 percent of the vote. The second sold a conservative one and won with just under 51 percent of the vote. And the third ran a liberal campaign and won with just over …