Columns

Column: Sleep for a Better You, and a Better America

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The other day President Barack Obama ruefully told The Huffington Post that he probably doesn’t get enough sleep. Our response to that was, duh! We want him to fret and worry about the country at night so we can fret and worry about other stuff. The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon unkindly insisted we don’t pay the president to sleep on the job — he’s expected to be bleary- eyed all the time. There is an ulterior motive in all this, you know. Arianna Huffington, the rich woman who founded the online Huffington Post Media Group, is peddling a new book, Thrive, in which she argues …

Column: Handicapping the Presidential Contenders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could …

Column: Working Class Behaving Badly? Actually, It’s Just the Opposite

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent column on the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug use. According to Brooks, the problem isn’t just economics, but a result of moral relativism: “The health of society is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens. In many parts …

Column: Too Many Deer in N.H.?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have you noticed certain plants, such as native lilies, pink lady slipper orchids or trillium disappearing in nearby woodlands? Certain garden plants such as hostas disappearing? Seedling sugar maples not growing into saplings? A forest understory bare of …

Column: States Would Do Better to Cooperate on Greenhouse Gas Rules

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Will states take the easy way? The Environmental Protection Agency will soon demand that states cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. You would think that state leaders, particularly Republicans warning of an EPA regulatory apocalypse, would be frantically reaching for the least onerous strategies to comply. But so far many …

Column: The Fed Should Not Be Above Criticism

Monday, March 16, 2015

“Bash” is a useful word for journalists looking to stack the deck. We criticize; the people we disagree with “bash.” The bashing may take the form of criticism, but the choice of words has primed readers to regard the criticism as stupid and vulgar. Even Robert Samuelson of …

Column: The First Amendment and the Oklahoma Racist Chant

Monday, March 16, 2015

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on his campus for leading a horrifying racist chant. Does his decision violate their First Amendment rights? And if it does, what’s wrong with this picture, in which a public university wouldn’t …

Column: American Political Dynasties Have Been Forces for Good

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Last year, when Jeb Bush was mulling a presidential campaign, his mother, Barbara, spoke for a majority of Americans when she declared that besides “the Kennedys, Clintons (and) Bushes, there are just more families than that” who should …

Column: Just Say No to the School Testing Fiasco

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The “nice try” award of the week goes to Rivendell Principal Keri Gelenian for daring to challenge the education reform juggernaut — the Common Core and its absurd testing regimes. Earlier this winter, as reported in the Valley News, Gelenian sent a letter to 200 fellow administrators, trying …

Column: Looking Back, and Ahead, at 70

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two lines from A.E. Housman’s poem Loveliest of Trees play over and over in my mind, not the ones about the glory of cherry blossoms as you might think when we are locked in a dark and bitter …

Patents Have Become the Enemy of Technology Progress

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Founding Fathers of the United States considered intellectual property so important that they gave it a special place in the Constitution: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and …

Column: To Boost Growth, Put a Lid on Runaway Costs in the Economy

Friday, March 13, 2015

What can the U.S. do to boost growth during the next 20 years? I have an idea — a big, overarching vision. It might not be right, but I want to put it forward. I think it’s time for the era of cost control. Most of the suggestions …

Column: Is It Paranoia If They Are Out to Get You?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Washington Open letters are the next new thing, so let’s imagine Hillary Clinton sending a simple note to all voters: Dear fellow American, I want to offer you what has always been the Clinton deal. You get peace …