Columns

Paris attack puts West in bad spot

The vigils in Paris are moving. The hashtag plumes of #JeSuisCharlie ("I am Charlie") are endearing. The expressions of condemnation from Muslim leaders are commendable, as are the assurances of solidarity and support from Western governments.But, as a practical matter, they don't change a ...

Common Core: Republican minefield

Nine months from now, Republican candidates for president will meet on the stage of the Reagan Presidential Library (with the old Air Force One providing great visuals) for the first debate of the 2016 race.It seems likely that among those in attendance will be at least four - Chris Christie, ...

My 2015 food resolution

For the last week, I have watched my Facebook feed blow up with people's New Year's resolutions. I found myself laughing - this was more like a list of things I would NOT be doing in 2015.Girl 1: "I am going to run two miles every day!"Me: "I am only running if there is a fire. Or a 75 percent ...

Be someone who matters, to someone who matters

What if every child was sent on the right path in life? What if every child stayed in school? Attained education or training beyond high school? Gave back to their communities? What if every child was encouraged and empowered to fulfill their potential? Well, that would be something BIG ...

Send agitators back to the soapbox

Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.One might also conclude that America has a hearty appetite for the carnival barker, ...

Tortured reasoning

Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality - that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves.That, of course, is not the only meaning ...

Tips for winter safety

Winter in the Copper Country provides us with weather that is constantly changing from snow to sleet to ice. Aspirus has a Safe Worker Awareness Team that created a list of suggestions for safer walking outdoors for our staff. I thought there were some good tips to share:Wear rubber soled ...

Peiffer’s Corner

HANCOCK - When he's not in Washington, D.C. playing Assistant Principal Horn as part of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, John Peiffer can be found in the Copper Country where he makes his home for part of the year.This Saturday he'll be playing with local musician Steve Jones at The ...

Rainbow of protests follow grand jury decisions

They have not stopped.That's one of the most heartening things about the demonstrations against police brutality that began with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August and renewed with a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a New York police officer who choked ...

In 2014, the joke’s on us

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines.Life isn't a comedy. It's a joke.Hey, did you hear the one about North Korea hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment and threatening to blow up movie theaters that showed the film? ...

Studying ISIS, and ourselves

The commander of American Special Operations in the Middle East, Major Gen. Michael K. Nagata, is reported to be seeking help in learning why the Islamic State is so dangerous. If he doesn't know, what does that say about the prospect for victory over these radical terrorists who seek to ...

There is no one behind the wheel

There's an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet:"The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA ...

Who had the worst year? Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of the Affordable Care Act, may well have had the worst year in American public life. His repeated demonstrations of arrogance, contempt for the American people and smug self-satisfaction brought mortification to his party and president. His glib ...

Don’t use quotation marks for emphasis

There are a lot of ways you can accentuate a word. You can bold it, italicize it, underline it, but what you shouldn't do is use quotation marks. It doesn't highlight the word - it actually becomes the opposite of what you want it to be.Growing up, my mom would always sign her cards with ...

Does success create happiness or happiness breed success?

While at Harvard, Shawn Anchor (2010) served as a Proctor at the Residence Halls with the task of guiding undergraduate students through their personal and academic challenges.As he moved into his graduate studies he began to notice a trend in the students he counseled, the successful students ...

‘Annie’ is a big, fun, campy disaster

"Annie" is a contemporary remake of the classic 1977 musical that fails to live up to its source material or stand alone as a good film, but, at times, does so with winning gusto.Quvenzhan Wallis stars as the titular Annie, a New York foster child in the care of the greedy Miss Hannigan ...

North Korea’s inglorious hackers

If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I'd sketch a chubby imp dressed in a diaper, sporting a chia Mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on Earth while straddling a nuclear-armed missile that bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Rodman.The imp's pudgy hands would be ...

Nobody will be punished for torture

WASHINGTON - In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized ...

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Now that Barack Obama is ruling by decree, he seems more like a king than a president. Maybe it is time we change the way we address him. "Your Majesty" may be a little too much, but perhaps "Your Royal Glibness" might be appropriate.It tells us a lot about academia that the president of Smith ...

George H.W. Bush released from hospital

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath.The 90-year-old Bush left Houston's Methodist Hospital, was resting at home and is "grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb ...