Columns

Column: Sexism Hindered, And Helped, My Career

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I got my job as a reporter at The New York Times in 1977 partly because I was a woman. Some said that I lost my job at the paper almost 30 years later for the same reason, but, while I was certainly affected by sexism, my departure was another story entirely. The Times was indisputably sexist in the early 1970s, leading seven female employees to file what became a …

Column: U.S. Isn’t a Good Neighbor to Canada

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a world full of bad news, North America has been having quite a good run lately. Energy production is off the charts in the United States and Canada, and much-needed political and economic reforms are steadily advancing in Mexico, while fewer Mexicans are moving to the United States. Given the Obama administration’s lack of progress in other parts of the world, one …

Columnist: The Billionaires Choose Their Candidates

Friday, April 24, 2015

The news that delivered the biggest jolt to the 2016 presidential campaign this week wasn’t anything the candidates said or did. It was an offhand comment from a billionaire, David H. Koch, at a dinner of wealthy Republicans in New York. “Scott Walker is terrific,” Koch told a reporter for the New York …

Column: Who’s to Say Jeb Bush Isn’t Really Hispanic? Not the Census

Thursday, April 9, 2015

So the son of George H.W. Bush (Greenwich Country Day, Phillips Academy) and Barbara Pierce (Rye Country Day, Ashley Hall) thinks he’s Hispanic. Or thought he was. The New York Times reported that Jeb Bush marked “Hispanic” on a 2009 voter registration application in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Bush …

Column: N.H. Could Lead on Curbing Title Loans

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Across the country predatory lenders are siphoning money out of the pockets of our hardworking neighbors. These companies attract borrowers with the promise of fast cash without credit checks. What they really do is charge usurious rates that trap people in a cycle of debt, paying rates that …

Column: Feed the Poor, Yes, but Nothing Too Fancy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Washington Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law. Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase …

Jim Kenyon: Hospital Monitors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Like most empires, Dartmouth-Hitchcock goes to great lengths to protect its territory. That means enlisting a small army of communications/marketing/media relations specialists to make sure employees don’t say anything that could prove potentially damaging or embarrassing to what Dartmouth-Hitchcock unabashedly refers to as its “brand.” With 9,000 employees …

Column: The Dangers of Unlimited Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Federal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., challenge the reasoning behind a court decision that has allowed wealthy donors to pour more than $2 billion into “independent spending” groups in the last two election cycles. The Justice …

Willem Lange: An Emergency on the Mountain, and a Night I’ll Never Forget

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Montpelier I was just kind of noodling around on the Internet here a night or two ago — rather like a dog sniffing the kitchen floor for something edible — when whimsy led me to the little village in the eastern high peaks of the Adirondacks where Mother …

Column: How the Gop Should Handle the Iran Deal

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Now that President Obama has announced a framework agreement with Iran, calling it “a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives,” what should Republican leaders do? If you’re a Republican congressional leader, your best option is probably to mostly go along with the deal. Be skeptical …

Column: Assessing the Iran Deal

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Washington Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should …

Column: Stamp of Approval for Contested Maya Angelou Quote

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The news that the U.S. Postal Service was honoring Maya Angelou, poet, author and civil rights advocate, with her own forever stamp was welcomed by her fans. Angelou, who died last year, was a cultural icon and mother …

Column: Rediscover the Constitution

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy, “You cannot preserve what you do not revere. You cannot protect what you do not comprehend. You cannot defend what you do not know.” To that profound statement, I would add: You cannot find what you do not know is lost. …