Columns

Column: Thoughts About Israel, Passover, Freedom

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The recent re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel is a sad portent for Israel, for many Americans — including many American Jews —and for the Palestinians. Netanyahu didn’t hesitate to make a racist appeal to people’s fears, urging his supporters to turn out to vote because “the Arabs are voting in droves.” “The Arabs” of whom he was speaking are citizens of Israel, exercising their democratic right …

Willem Lange: The March of Humanity, Stuck in Place, at Least in Indiana

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Montpelier For almost eight decades now I’ve been reading commentaries about the parade of humanity — from Will Rogers (posthumously), Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson and Westbrook Pegler, right up to Ernie Pyle, George Will, Charles Krauthammer and Barry Dunsmore – and I’ve concluded that humanity marches in place. Only our institutions and technology …

Column: Harry Reid Led a No-Holds-Barred Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will. Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere authenticity but prefers contrived personalities …

Column: Why Republicans Issued Their Iran Letter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the letter simply explains the fact that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program that is not approved by Congress may not …

Column: Too Many Deer in N.H.?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have you noticed certain plants, such as native lilies, pink lady slipper orchids or trillium disappearing in nearby woodlands? Certain garden plants such as hostas disappearing? Seedling sugar maples not growing into saplings? A forest understory bare of …

Column: States Would Do Better to Cooperate on Greenhouse Gas Rules

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Will states take the easy way? The Environmental Protection Agency will soon demand that states cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. You would think that state leaders, particularly Republicans warning of an EPA regulatory apocalypse, would be frantically reaching for the least onerous strategies to comply. But so far many …

Column: The Fed Should Not Be Above Criticism

Monday, March 16, 2015

“Bash” is a useful word for journalists looking to stack the deck. We criticize; the people we disagree with “bash.” The bashing may take the form of criticism, but the choice of words has primed readers to regard the criticism as stupid and vulgar. Even Robert Samuelson of …

Column: The First Amendment and the Oklahoma Racist Chant

Monday, March 16, 2015

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on his campus for leading a horrifying racist chant. Does his decision violate their First Amendment rights? And if it does, what’s wrong with this picture, in which a public university wouldn’t …

Column: American Political Dynasties Have Been Forces for Good

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Last year, when Jeb Bush was mulling a presidential campaign, his mother, Barbara, spoke for a majority of Americans when she declared that besides “the Kennedys, Clintons (and) Bushes, there are just more families than that” who should …

Column: Just Say No to the School Testing Fiasco

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The “nice try” award of the week goes to Rivendell Principal Keri Gelenian for daring to challenge the education reform juggernaut — the Common Core and its absurd testing regimes. Earlier this winter, as reported in the Valley News, Gelenian sent a letter to 200 fellow administrators, trying …

Column: Looking Back, and Ahead, at 70

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two lines from A.E. Housman’s poem Loveliest of Trees play over and over in my mind, not the ones about the glory of cherry blossoms as you might think when we are locked in a dark and bitter …

Patents Have Become the Enemy of Technology Progress

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Founding Fathers of the United States considered intellectual property so important that they gave it a special place in the Constitution: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and …

Column: To Boost Growth, Put a Lid on Runaway Costs in the Economy

Friday, March 13, 2015

What can the U.S. do to boost growth during the next 20 years? I have an idea — a big, overarching vision. It might not be right, but I want to put it forward. I think it’s time for the era of cost control. Most of the suggestions …