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Willem Lange: Paddling Against the Wind, and Battling Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sagamore Bridge, Cape Cod Phil, Josh and I have just stopped at the mainland end of the bridge to Cape Cod to fill up on gas and pick up a quick lunch at McDonald’s: my usual post-shooting quarter-pounder deluxe and a big strawberry shake. But today there’s no such thing here as a quick lunch. Two days before the Fourth of July, the Cape-bound traffic is bumper to bumper several …

Column: Amy Schumer’s Blind Spot on Race

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wouldn’t it be funny if Donald Trump and the wildly popular feminist comedian Amy Schumer joined forces and ran on the same presidential ticket in 2016? You might not think this duo has much in common, but they certainly share similar views about Mexicans. Whether joking or not, both draw on shared cultural stereotypes and use dehumanizing language that gives life to an …

Column: Time Is Up; Greece Should Exit Euro Zone

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ resignation — even after Greek voters firmly backed the government’s refusal to accept its creditors’ demands for economic austerity — is the clearest sign yet that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is serious about getting a new bailout deal. Unfortunately, it’s probably too late to keep Greece in the …

Column: The First, Brief Flight of Dartmouth Airways

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It was approaching the end of May 1946 and the big excitement was that the Upper Valley was going to get its own airfield. A huge gathering was in the planning stages for the opening day — Girl …

Column: The Confederate Flag Is Lowered

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Washington After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk …

Column: Court Saves GOP From Itself

Saturday, June 27, 2015

With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law …

Column: HCRS Is Providing Transparency

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent coverage of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in the Valley News has created several impressions that call for clarification. In news articles and editorials the newspaper has discussed losses HCRS incurred in a failed …

Column: Reframe the Argument About Guns

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washington Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying …

Column: Some Cultures Work More, Others Value Leisure

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why do people in some countries work more hours? The most common explanations have to do with labor regulations and taxes, but anyone who travels frequently will notice that work and leisure are valued differently in different places. If this sounds like prejudice, consider the findings of two …

Column: Scott Walker’s Test of Academic Freedom

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One hundred years ago this month, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin dedicated a bronze plaque commemorating a historic victory for academic freedom. When a distinguished faculty member, economist Richard T. Ely, had been accused of promoting socialism and fomenting disorder through his pro-labor speeches …

Column: South Carolina’s Racist History

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African-Americans last week at a Charleston, S.C., church Bible study has drawn the nation’s attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more …

Column: Amazon Readers Will Pay by the Page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Books were the original “sharing economy.” Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there even was a United States to found it in. Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, which lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at …

Willem Lange: Something’s Stirring in America, I Hope

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier “The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer — not even here where we sedulously cultivate it in its most repulsive form.” — Winston Churchill I could be wrong — I’m old …