Columns

Column: The Crorys Gave Me the Chance of a Lifetime, and Even More

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longtime state representative Elizabeth Crory of Hanover passed away this month at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her late husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New Hampshire and public service. In 1978, I was a junior at Dartmouth College and also a state representative from my hometown of Bedford, N.H. I had been commuting to legislative sessions in Concord in my 1960s vintage Volkswagen Beetle until it quit, leaving me without a car. Rep. Crory, who sat in front of me in …

Column: Concessions to Iran Would Be Dangerous

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Washington A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last week the IAEA reported its concern …

Column: China’s Fertile Ground for Islamic State recruiters

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Three hundred Chinese citizens, members of the country’s Uighur ethnic group, have recently traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Those Uighurs are part of a broader Muslim migration, spurred by a government crackdown, away from China’s western province of Xinjiang, where Muslims have lived for over 1,000 years. Although they were designed to dampen Islamic separatism, Chinese policies in …

Why Reporters Shouldn’t Tell War Stories: Fear Is Embarrassing

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In hindsight, the tip-off that Brian Williams was making up that story about getting shot at over Iraq in 2003 was that he seemed to think it was something to brag about in the first place. War reporting, like war itself, involves a high sitting-around-to-action ratio. Once they’ve …

Column: The Baby Boom and Illegal Immigration

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Prior to the 1960s, the U.S. had not experienced the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. It also had experienced very little illegal immigration. Happenstance? Tracing our current troubles with illegal immigration to the source takes us back to that iconic decade of the baby boomers — the ’60s. …

Column: Obama Counsels Patience as World Explodes

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Washington His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in …

Column: Ticking Time Bomb In Ukraine’s Cease-Fire

Friday, February 13, 2015

When world leaders pull an all-nighter, something has to come out of it. What came out of the 17-hour, Ironman-level endurance test in Minsk is a cease-fire deal for eastern Ukraine that mitigates the Kiev government’s defeat in …

Column: Ironically, Jon Stewart Matters More Than Brian Williams

Friday, February 13, 2015

NBC News anchor Brian Williams enjoys the limelight. But Tuesday night, he must have been happy to share it. Williams, we found out, has been suspended without pay for six months. By the time we heard of his punishment, we’d learned that The Daily Show host Jon Stewart …

Column: Looking for the Truth About False Memories

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Indecision may not be the best quality in a columnist, but in the case of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, that’s what I find in myself: I doubt that the six-month suspension the network announced Tuesday night is …

Column: An Expensive Way to Save: Prison School Cuts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Community High School of Vermont is the fully licensed and accredited high school and vocational training and certification program for inmates in Vermont’s corrections system. For many students, it is the only opportunity they will have to acquire the academic, social and technical skills they need to …

Column: U.S. Shouldn’t Follow Britain in Genetic Modification of Humans

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Britain is about to become the only country in the world to explicitly allow the inheritable genetic modification of humans. With a vote Feb. 3 in the House of Commons, the country has paved the way for “three-person in vitro fertilization,” which combines genetic material from two women …

Willem Lange: Midwinter, More or Less, and We’re Coping

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Montpelier Snow is falling past the window as I write. Snow has been falling past the window for days now. It’s what I think is called “an extended winter weather event.” But at least the wind is light, and the house is sealed up as tight as a …

Column: State Universities See Budgets, Quality Cut

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin’s budget over the next two years would allow the school to maintain its quality. Walker would prohibit the university from raising tuition during that period but instead give university officials …