Columns

Column: Planned Parenthood Deserves N.H. Support

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. As the former chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a longtime women’s health provider in New Hampshire, …

Column: Run, Biden, Run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won’t beat Hillary Clinton. He’s been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there’s no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time. He should do it anyway. The rationale — floated to me by a …

Hunter Rieseberg’s Departure

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One television commentator recently suggested that “When a public official says he wants to spend more time with his family, it means he was fired.” It is clear to me that Hartford’s Town Manager, Hunter Rieseberg, was not fired. The board accepted his sudden resignation with high praise for his almost two decades as town manager. Of course, our former town manager is …

Column: Why Colleges Mollycoddle Students

Friday, August 14, 2015

If you’ve reached that crotchety age I’m at, you may be as mystified as I am by the kids these days —especially by how they’re behaving on campus. I get the naive leftist politics and the wildly irresponsible partying; I even understand the drive toward ham-fisted censorship of …

Bush Dares to Tread Into the Iraq Debacle

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Washington Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway. Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular …

Column: Is This a Four-Party Moment?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If anything’s constant in American political life, it’s the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such as Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 or Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Yet, more rarely, at times of extreme political flux, this society has broken up into four parties. …

Column: Just Make the Case for the Iran Deal, Mr. President

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Washington President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president’s case for congressional approval. That case is strong but not overwhelming; it is not, to …

Column: Paid Parental Leave Shouldn’t Be Just for the Elites

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Last week, the online streaming service Netflix announced it would offer (most) employees unlimited paid parental leave of up to one year. The news was met with resounding approval, and indeed, the policy is a laudable step in …

Column: Custer’s Last Miscalculation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crow Indian Reservation, Montana State Route 313 runs south up the valley of the Bighorn River across almost utterly flat land, relieved only by the incised valleys of the streams. It’s irrigated land; canals also cut across it here and there, studded with gates that can be opened …

Column: Conservatives Can Do Better Thank Trump

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

There is a segment of the American public — goodness knows if they are Republicans, ideological conservatives or even registered voters — that revels in raucous rhetoric, anti-government conspiracies and just plain nastiness in the name of anti-establishment …

Column: Too Many Exclamation Points!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The office workers of America are guilty of a grievous sin. I’ve done it, and chances are, so have you. If you haven’t, you most certainly have had it done to you. I’m talking, of course, about the gluttonous use of the exclamation point in a work email. …

Column: Mormon Church Needs to Maintain Ties to the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The upcoming decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on whether to break ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the admission of gay scoutmasters matters to the Scouts because, as of 2013, LDS-affiliates made up 17 percent of its membership. But the decision …

Column: The Promise and Peril of Corporate Reform

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

There are not many wholly new areas to open up in economic policy. But recent months have seen a wave of innovative proposals directed at improving economic performance in general and middle-class incomes in particular, not through government …