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Column: Planned Parenthood Deserves N.H. Support

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. As the former chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a longtime women’s health provider in New Hampshire, …

Column: Run, Biden, Run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won’t beat Hillary Clinton. He’s been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there’s no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time. He should do it anyway. The rationale — floated to me by a …

Hunter Rieseberg’s Departure

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One television commentator recently suggested that “When a public official says he wants to spend more time with his family, it means he was fired.” It is clear to me that Hartford’s Town Manager, Hunter Rieseberg, was not fired. The board accepted his sudden resignation with high praise for his almost two decades as town manager. Of course, our former town manager is …

Column: For One Night, Our Grown Daughters Are Our Girls

Sunday, August 9, 2015

They arrived in their characteristic styles: oldest daughter Jill a tad late, youngest daughter Nancy early, and middle daughter Amy — yes, right in the middle. But this was no ordinary visit. This time, our daughters were coming for an overnight without husbands and kids. Instead of a …

Column: Trump Uses His Bully Pulpit Against Women

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Washington Everything that is wrong with Donald Trump — that makes him such a danger to the Republican Party and to the country — emerged in the opening minutes of Thursday’s debate in his response to Megyn Kelly’ …

Column: The Crumbling Iran Deal

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Washington The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than two to one. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal. What happened? People learned …

Editorial: Licenses In Bloom

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s not every day that references to Adam Smith and Milton Friedman show up in the footnotes of a Democratic White House report. But a new white paper from President Barack Obama’s economic team on the job-killing, anti-consumer effect of unduly burdensome state occupational licensing is that rarest …

Column: Crisis Simulation Would Test Candidates Better Than Debates

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Every election year, our potential commanders in chief spend hours — days, really — preparing for the debates. They practice their comebacks and refine their zingers. Advisers quiz them on obscure foreign policy topics and inane pop-culture references. …

Column: The ‘Gig Economy’ May Be a Figment of the Media’s Imagination

Sunday, August 9, 2015

There’s a lot of worry around about the “gig economy,” a fear that Uber-type jobs are “driving inequality” and could be bad for workers. Everywhere you look it seems that some columnist is fretting about what Uber means …

Column: What I Found, 50 Years Ago, in a Search for Self in Europe

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fifty years ago, when I was just 20, I spent three months riding a motorcycle through Europe. I had worked hard the four previous summers, and I saw a lifetime of work ahead of me; so buoyed with …

Column: Mowing Harms Nature, but the Government Makes Me Do It

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A mutilated garter snake, a sliced frog and countless slashed grasshoppers. That was the scene of carnage in my yard last September, after local officials ordered me to mow my overgrown lawn or be fined $1,000. Three months …

Column: Does Owning a Gun Make You Safer? Not According to the Data

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The United States has the most heavily armed civilian population in the First World. Our homes contain enough firearms for every man, woman and child. Why do so many Americans own guns? The main reason, according to surveys, is protection. Advocates argue that guns in the home both …

Column: A $15 National Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A while back I wrote in support of the $15 minimum wage initiatives in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and a few other cities. Now it’s time for me to write the opposite article — the idea of a $15 minimum wage is being taken too far, too …