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The World Must Mobilize to Combat Ebola

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

If the Ebola epidemic devastating the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had instead struck Washington, New York or Boston, there is no doubt that the health systems in place could contain and then eliminate the disease. Hospitals would isolate suspected cases. Health workers would be outfitted with proper protective clothing and equipment. Doctors and nurses would administer effective supportive care, including comprehensive management of dehydration, impaired kidney and …

The People You Meet in the Great Outdoors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One of the nicest things about my part-time TV job is that it gets me outdoors, as well as all over the map, to places I’d probably otherwise never have visited: mountains, rivers and lakes, and what New Hampshire calls the Great North Woods, or on some of its signs, les Bois du Grand Nord. But the greatest pleasure for me is the …

Column: Let’s Talk About the Wide Racial Divide

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of a young African-American man, have ignited a national conversation around deeply rooted racial tensions in America. Last week at Michael Brown’s funeral, where thousands of family, friends, civil rights leaders and residents gathered, came calls for justice and dignity for all …

Column: Of Apps and Aptitude: We Could Teach Grandma to Code

Thursday, August 21, 2014

American businesses are aging, as is the country; and this is bad for the economy, say Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. They reported in July that the share of older firms, aged 16 years or more, has increased from 23 percent in 1992 to …

Column: Obama Tests Limits on Executive Orders

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His …

Willem Lange: Paddling Down the River With Good Company for a Good Cause

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just about 30 hours ago I turned into the narrow entrance lane to the refurbished and improved boat launch site in Orford. There were people everywhere in white T-shirts with the word “Volunteer” on the back, waiting to help the expected crowd. I was early, as is my …

Column: Frustration in Ferguson has Economic Roots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. All that folks elsewhere know is that greater St. Louis has some problematic …

Column: Will Scotland Really Vote for a Divorce?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in …

Column: The Lessons I learned From Harold Luce

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There can never be enough words to describe Harold Luce and his profound impact on traditional fiddling, and on me, personally. I first knew Harold and his wife, Edith, through the Grange. My father knew Edith, as she …

A Better Idea For Reforming the Tax Code: Taxing Consumption

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate “tax inversions” is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986. Whether you consider it greedy and unpatriotic for U.S. companies to …

Vacationing Presidents Get Little Time Off

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here are five myths about presidential vacations: 1: Presidents get vacations. “Presidents don’t get vacations — they just get a change of scenery,” Nancy Reagan once said in defense of her husband’s frequent trips to his ranch in …

Live Free and Drink Wine in New Hampshire

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are more than 7,700 wineries in the United States. Production is at record levels. Prices are skyrocketing, too: As of 2013, the average bottle cost $10.85, up from $9 the previous year. The debate over which state …

Column: U.S. Needs a Mideast Strategy; Here’s One

Monday, August 18, 2014

What would it look like if America actually had a Middle East strategy? To begin with, of course, it would hardly look like what we are seeing today. At the moment, we are confronted with an unprecedented regionwide series of crises that are each seemingly being treated by …