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Column: A Wounded Boston Marathoner Now Revels in the Ordinary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby’s room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early — 10:30 — and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. “I started the first wall,” she says. “I love that gray.” Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months …

Column: Jeb Bush May Be the Establishment’s Choice

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Yes, he’s out of touch with the Republican base, out of shape on the campaign trail, and burdened by the disastrous presidency of his older brother, but Jeb Bush could win the Republican presidential nomination. To make it to the top, however, he’ll have to do one thing: Make “Jeb Bush” disappear. …

Column: Vermont Single-Payer: Show Me the Money

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in Britain or Canada. One government-operated system would cover all 620,000 of Vermont’s residents. The hope is that such a system would allow Vermont to get costs …

Column: The Planet’s Largest Habitat Remains Unexplored Territory

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jet aircraft are large, but not compared with the ocean. The weeks-long search for some physical sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not something we should wonder at, considering the frontier nature of our blue planet. The 29 percent of our planet that is land is inhabited …

Column: In the Good Old Days, I Was in the Driver’s Seat

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Montpelier I’m sitting here in front of a computer that’s made a tremendous difference in my life. It keeps my checkbook, monitors my bank accounts and credit card charges, composes stories and columns (with a little help from …

Column: GOP Pivots From Party of Entrepreneurs to Party of Work

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Washington Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and …

Column: When Walking Was the National Pastime

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opening Day reminds us that baseball is America’s national pastime. It’s hard to imagine a time when baseball wasn’t considered the national game, but long ago another sport was far more popular: competitive walking. In the 1870s and 1880s, the country’s largest arenas were packed to the rafters …

Column: Secretary Kerry’s Mideast Policy Is Delusional and Dangerous

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

During a tour of the Middle East in November, Secretary of State John F. Kerry portrayed the region as on its way to a stunning series of breakthroughs, thanks to U.S. diplomacy. In Egypt, he said, “the roadmap” to democracy “is being carried out, to the best of …

Column: Are We Heading for the Fall of Democracy?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Behind dysfunctional government, is democracy itself in decay? It took only 250 years for democracy to disintegrate in ancient Athens. A wholly new form of government was invented there in which the people ruled themselves. That constitution proved marvelously effective. Athens grew in wealth and capacity, fought off …

Column: Legal Ruling Could Put an End to ‘Student-Athlete’ Charade

Monday, March 31, 2014

New York A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees with the right to unionize. It’s an unexpected and potentially momentous decision that could change college sports. If it holds up on appeal, this may well be the …

Column: Strangely Joyless Road to College Admissions

Monday, March 31, 2014

“I’d like to congratulate you on raising an exceptional student,” read the letter from a Midwestern college I’d never heard of before. “Because I’m impressed by your son, I offer to send a guide to help with the college selection process.” A booklet, as glossy as a fashion …

Column: Workplace Training Starts With the Core

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Like many manufacturers around the state, Hypertherm needs critical thinkers and people capable of solving problems that require a strong foundation in math. Yet I often observe that far too many high school graduates applying for jobs don’t have the math skills required to succeed in advanced manufacturing …

Column: The Truth of Anita Hill Marches On

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Charlottesville, Va. It’s fair to say that the target audience for the new documentary Anita is not Ginni Thomas. One of the ways we know this is that the movie, about Anita Hill, opens with the audio of …