Columns

Column: Thoughts About Israel, Passover, Freedom

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The recent re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel is a sad portent for Israel, for many Americans — including many American Jews —and for the Palestinians. Netanyahu didn’t hesitate to make a racist appeal to people’s fears, urging his supporters to turn out to vote because “the Arabs are voting in droves.” “The Arabs” of whom he was speaking are citizens of Israel, exercising their democratic right …

Willem Lange: The March of Humanity, Stuck in Place, at Least in Indiana

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Montpelier For almost eight decades now I’ve been reading commentaries about the parade of humanity — from Will Rogers (posthumously), Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson and Westbrook Pegler, right up to Ernie Pyle, George Will, Charles Krauthammer and Barry Dunsmore – and I’ve concluded that humanity marches in place. Only our institutions and technology …

Column: Harry Reid Led a No-Holds-Barred Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will. Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere authenticity but prefers contrived personalities …

Column: ‘Prisons Without Bars’ Could Cut Costs

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Washington You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we’re home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than one in every 10 American men has …

Column: The Sea Offers a Big Wave of Green Energy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yesterday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s a reminder that, in the drive to switch more of the …

Column: Good Day for Netanyahu, but Not for Israel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Washington Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals. Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s …

Column: N.H. Fails on Minimum Wage

Friday, March 20, 2015

The test of our faith to our values is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much, it is whether we provide opportunity for those who have little. Tests of faith are never easy. They challenge us to examine our conscience and …

Column: Origins of the Logan Act

Friday, March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a week since 47 Senate Republicans sent that letter to Tehran, and commentators can’t get enough of asking: What about the Logan Act? The law, passed by Congress and signed by President John Adams …

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, …