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Kate Millett, left, author of the best selling feminist tract "Sexual Politics" listens as writer Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970.  (AP Photo)

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” The subhead explained the context: “Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Stumps for Clinton.” Some readers — I’m guessing women of a certain age — vehemently objected to the use of “girl power” in reference to the …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state’s voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians, consider their government to be broken? The turnout at the caucuses was 186,874 for the Republicans — an all-time record …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but its relevance is in doubt as the national media threaten the state’s traditional function of …

Column: When Green Power Is Not So Green

Friday, January 22, 2016

If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. In most states, rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, …

Editorial: Water Crisis in Flint

Friday, January 22, 2016

The state of Michigan has found itself facing a disaster over the provision of the most basic of services — clean drinking water. In 2014, the state tried to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. Corrosive water from the river caused …

Column: Trump Is Trump, but Cruz Can Be Smooth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Concord Donald Trump says Ted Cruz is a “nasty guy.” The Texan’s Senate colleagues agree. Yet here’s the surprise from watching Cruz on the campaign trail: Ideology aside, he comes off as . . . rather likable. To …

Column: Sanders Would Be Center-Right in Europe

Thursday, January 21, 2016

One of the more important arguments between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s Democratic debate occurred over whether to push for “Medicare for all,” as Sanders insisted, or to build more slowly on the limited success of Obamacare. Clinton said: “I do not want to see the …

Column: The Life-Changing Magic of Sharing the Chores

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A de-cluttering trend is sweeping the nation. Old sweaters and unread books have been put on notice: They’re not safe in the attic anymore, they’re destined for the curb, and it’s all thanks to a Japanese woman named Marie Kondo. In her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of …

Willem Lange: What’s Right With America

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Montpelier Political campaigns in the United States are so long and so exhaustively covered by the media that they’ve become soap opera. The effect is intensified by social media, which foster a lively under-debate — the below-stairs lives of the servants in Downton Abbey spring first to mind …

The British Respond to Trump With Ridcule

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Washington The British Parliament set out Monday afternoon to debate a question that is often argued on this side of pond but has never before been taken up in the halls of Westminster: Is Donald Trump dangerous? Or is he merely a buffoon? The man who would Make …

Column: Politicians Don’t Listen As Much As They Say They Do

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Many political candidates, if we’re to believe what they say about themselves, spend most of their time traveling around listening to people. “I’ve traveled all around the country, Anderson,” former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper at one of last year’s Democratic presidential debates, “and there’s …

Column: Students Need, and Deserve, Safe Spaces

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

College presidents have always received a lot of mail. But these days we get more than ever. Much of it relates to student unrest, and most of the messages are unpleasant. Our usual practice is to thank the sender for writing and leave it at that. The combination …

Column: Sanders Is Wrong About the Big Banks

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders has been advancing in the Democratic presidential polls. He and Hillary Clinton are in a statistical tie in Iowa. The Vermont senator has also widened his lead in New Hampshire. The Sanders surge comes on the …