Columns

A large American flag is unfurled on the field before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets on opening day at at Nationals Park, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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 — hence those pointless titanium-infused necklaces they’re always wearing. Here are five myths from the mound, as the new season gets underway.  …

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 modern Americans, President Lincoln’s assassination has eclipsed the surrender that signaled the end of a …

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 me. “If you don’t leave now,” one of them, the tall one, said politely, “we’ll …

The Civil War Isn’t Over for a Nation Bathed in Blood and Hope

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 50th anniversary of the Civil War was all about reconciliation, grizzled old men shaking hands across the wall in Gettysburg, bunking down in tents with the remains of their old regiments, listening to Woodrow Wilson talk of …

Column: Let’s Hear Women Commentators

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Do we still need women’s history? A trio of female scholars, invited to ponder the question by the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women, did not equivocate at a recent public forum in Montpelier: Yes. …

Column: Watch for ‘Coded Sexism’ in Clinton Stories

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I would like to discuss Hillary Clinton’s impending announcement that she is running for president, but, frankly, I am afraid. If I posit that she is ambitious, driven or a lovely grandmother, it will be taken as “coded sexism.” If I say she is brilliant, well-organized and aging …

Column: How a Working Mom Became the Best Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Daffodils are blooming, the days are finally warmer and it’s time to sit my boys down to read my favorite feminist, racially enlightened manifesto. It’s an Easter book: The Country Bunny and …

Column: Iran Deal is a Great Deal for America

Saturday, April 4, 2015

President Obama’s strategy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons has worked. Ignoring siren calls over the past five years to try to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure through air strikes, the president knit together an effective, global sanctions …

Column: The IRS Doesn’t Deserve GOP’s Scorn

Friday, April 3, 2015

As you labor over your tax returns this month, spare a moment of sympathy for the least-loved agency in the federal government: the Internal Revenue Service. Believe it or not, the IRS is becoming something of a model of efficiency among Washington’s bureaucracies. It collects more taxes every …

Column: John Bolton, Still Fighting the Last War, Seeks the Next

Friday, April 3, 2015

Washington After the horrors of the Iraq War, some former Bush administration officials pursued healing activities. Donald Rumsfeld set up a foundation, and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten has done philanthropic work overseas. Iraq viceroy Jerry …

Column: GOP Needs to Come to Terms With Gay Rights

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Washington The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path. At the moment, in fact, they have wandered into a dense thicket and …

Column: Stop Giving High-Risk, Low-Reward Student Loans

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A group of student-loan borrowers has declared that they’re not going to repay their student loans, and they are asking the Department of Education to cancel their debt. They are former students — perhaps I should say “victims” — of a for-profit college operator that lost eligibility for …

Column: Attention, Readers: Facebook Is Becoming the Wal-Mart of News

Thursday, April 2, 2015

As reported last week in The New York Times, Facebook may start directly hosting the content of various news websites, starting with The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic. What this means for Internet users is that instead of seeing a summary of an article on Facebook, …