Columns

Willem Lange: Knowing When to Exercise My First Amendment Rights, and When to Shut Up

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Montpelier I’ll never forget it: It was the fall of 1955. I’d been quarrying and cutting quartzite building stone for a couple months, and was feeling pretty tough. On a Saturday evening, a buddy (who really was tough) and I stopped in at the old Redfield, N.Y., Inn for a couple of beers. I was talking fairly colorfully about how quarry work really built muscle, when I noticed two important …

Column: Join the Conversation About Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fear of developing Alzheimer’s disease has become the foremost health concern among older adults. In addition to the human toll on individuals and families affected by this disease, the financial costs are staggering: Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to cost $109 billion in direct care in the United States, surpassing the costs of either cancer or heart disease. As the risk of Alzheimer’s disease …

Column: Iran’s Love/Hate Relationship With American

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We don’t know why us, but we were allowed to set foot into the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and our guide said we were the first American tourists to do so since 1979. For most Americans, the memory of that building is seared with images of demonstrating students storming the embassy, taking 66 people hostage — mostly Americans — and holding many …

Column: Christie’s Straight Talk About Social Security

Monday, April 20, 2015

Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to …

Column: Bold Steps Needed to Revive Middle Class

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her presidential campaign making all the right noises. Trouping around Iowa with a handful of aides (and a media scrum that could fill Yankee Stadium), she has focused, however hazily, on the scourge of economic inequality and the concomitant plutocratization of American democracy. …

Column: Think You Know Pitching? Here’s Five Strikes Against You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Baseball is like church,” former major league infielder and manager Leo Durocher once said. “Many attend, few understand.” And pitching is one of the most lionized, misunderstood and mythologized aspects of the game, even among other pitchers — …

Column: How Grant and Lee Forged a Perfect Moment at Appomattox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. It was not the Lincoln assassination; that happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For …

Column: If You Come to Vermont, Hillary , I Have a Question

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents were on to me. I knew it the moment one of them began talking into a microphone hidden in his sleeve. As I maneuvered through a crowd toward Hillary, two agents advanced on …

Column: Leaving Las Vegas, and Back Home to the Upper Valley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On a recent weekend, I won $502 on a penny slot machine in the MGM Grand Las Vegas. That’s half a grand at the Grand. I was overjoyed, since I’m not much of a gambler and it was …

Column: Me and My Wheelchair: People Assume a Lot

Friday, April 17, 2015

I recently was out on a dinner date with my lovely girlfriend Anna when a stranger approached to have a friendly conversation. He turned to my girlfriend and asked, “Are you his sister?” There is nothing inherently wrong with his question, but if I saw two young people …

Column: Geisel Should Produce More Family Doctors

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Geisel School of Medicine is an excellent medical school doing a great job at turning out the medical specialists of tomorrow. I have had the privilege of following a group of superb students who will embark upon their residencies shortly. I am pleased that they are following …

Column: Japan Gets Left Behind As Cheaper Yen Drives Toyota Profits

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nobody should be surprised that Toyota, flush with $18 billion in profits this year, has emerged as a major beneficiary of Abenomics. After all, the weakened yen at the center of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program was designed to help the bottom lines of major exporters. …

Column: Rubio Tries the Generational Strategy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Washington In all of rock ‘n’ roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in …