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Column: Close the Tax Loophole That Sends U.S. Corporations Overseas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. At the same time, the system has become full of inefficiencies and special-interest loopholes. That is why it is so important that we reform our business tax code to make the U.S. economy more competitive and to …

Column: When Elite Athletes Become Couch potatoes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Question: Twenty years from now, who’s more likely to be a regular, healthy exerciser? A) The all-American athlete, with the ripped physique, seemingly infinite endurance, superhuman strength and supremely tuned agility? Or B) The decidedly less-impressive specimen sitting in the bleachers? Intuition suggests A. Since athletes know how to exercise, love exercise and have been doing it all their lives, maintaining healthy exercise …

Column: When America Shot Down a Passenger Jet

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane — Iran Air Flight 655 — shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested …

Column: America’s Immigration Crisis Is a Moral Crisis

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of …

Column: U.S. Is Losing the Message War in the Mideast

Monday, July 14, 2014

What, exactly, does the United States stand for in the Middle East? More important, what would the average Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian or Yemeni say that it stands for? The suggestion that the United States is retrenching might seem …

Column: This Country Needs a ‘Good Jobs’ President

Monday, July 14, 2014

Last month, President Obama defied Republican threats to file suit against him for his use of executive orders. “If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions,” the president said, “the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill, solve a problem.” …

Editorial: Borderline Inaction

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nobody knows for sure how much weight, or blame, to assign each of the factors that have contributed to the flood of unaccompanied children and teens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The surge of illegal entries has crested into a full-blown immigration crisis, the resolution of …

Travelers, Never Mind MERS, Pay More Attention to Measles

Monday, July 14, 2014

As Americans head off on summer vacations this year, federal health authorities are keeping a wary eye out for an unwanted traveler: one of the most contagious infectious diseases in the world. The microscopic droplets that spread this virus can remain suspended in the air for up to …

Column: Raise the Gas Tax and Then Abolish It

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The federal Highway Trust Fund, which helps pay for transportation projects all over the country — non-highways included — now looks as if it will run out of money in August. That timeline sets up another last-minute, high-stakes confrontation in Washington over how to replenish an essential program …

Column: Devastation Led to Call for Protection of Vermont’s Environment

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As we celebrate the success of the federal Endangered Species Act, currently in its 40th year, we are taking stock of the role it has played in the restoration of many fish, wildlife and plant species across the …

Column: Poverty Is a State of Mind as Much as a Fact

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hartford, Conn. Sara Bareillis played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park, abandoned in the chilly …

Column: Losing, and Finding My Way in the Woods

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Once, nearly forty years ago, I lost my way in the woods. I was never in danger, just disoriented enough to feel my heartbeat quicken and to know I would have to think carefully about the slant of …

Editorial: The Web, Entangled; Vermont Towns Struggle With Online Posts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The law of unintended consequences now has an online version. In Vermont, several towns recently disabled their municipal websites because officials weren’t sure they could meet provisions of the state’s revised Open Meeting Law, which requires cities and towns with websites to post minutes of public meetings online …