WASHINGTON -- Ten years ago, an earthquake rumbled through this city and then beyond the Capital Beltway, sending shock waves into presidential politics and even into the state legislatures. It changed the way candidates campaigned and almost certainly altered who won those campaigns. It spa…

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate & Environmental Stewards.

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: it’s got bipartisan appeal. 

I did not grow up in the America of today. My elementary school principal took great risks to enable students to acquire skills that would equip them to not only survive in a world of constant conflict, but to become happy contributors to society. What happened?

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WASHINGTON — There are 99 better, or at least less abject, senators. However, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is inadvertently useful by incessantly demonstrating the depths to which senators sink when they jettison institutional responsibilities to facilitate subservience to presidents of their par…

Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people in the 10 to 24 age group. For all we know and have studied, the incidence of suicide in young people continues to increase in our country. Each day in America, 3,069 high school students attempt to take their lives. This …

On the evening of Jan. 16, 1991, I sat between my fiancé, Michael, and my father on a coral-silk brocade couch in Palm Beach as we watched television in my aging uncle’s claustrophobically small and poorly air-conditioned living room. We were in Florida to celebrate my 34th birthday earlier …

“Find the cost of freedom” wrote Stephen Stills in 1970 upon visiting a Civil War site. Those who fought and died to defend our freedoms are indeed “buried in the ground” as Stills and company sang.

WASHINGTON — Presidential impeachments are inevitably fueled by reciprocal political furies, so the Senate’s role, although called a trial, is imperfectly analogous to one. Senate jurors are, by profession, partisans; none is disinterested.

History is not merely the recording of events but rather the impact of those events on human beings. To put a face with an event is to make a personal connection.

Tabloids report a myriad amount of news and you may have a favorite newspaper or magazine that you hope has all the news fit to print. But, alas, that may not be the case and, if so, here are a few you may have missed.

In December 1944, Nazi Germany launched what would be its last major offensive campaign during World War II. This attack caught the Allied forces in the Ardennes Forest by surprise, and in the ensuing battle – the Battle of the Bulge – our troops faced record low temperatures, dwindling supp…

Shortly after my father died I put his ashes in a plastic vial and hiked up Coal Hill behind our house in Franconia, New Hampshire.

“In the bleak mid-winter” of Christina Rossetti’s 1872 poem, Salvation Army bells and tinnitus warring for headspace, I am haunted by those who did not get to see December cast its chill upon the northern latitudes once more.

I wish I could say I am a lover of all sports. When I get together with some guys the topic is always sports. It is a lifetime habit for these guys, like many others, they know sports in and out because they follow it constantly. Even when I was a kid, when there was no TV, people would sit …

Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into change on the ground. I wasn’t analyzing the politics of it — I was focused on the types of …

I was made in Switzerland, a faraway place of mountains so tall, you would need to stand still and bend back until you fell over backward to see their tops; and lakes so deep, the mountains would disappear beneath their mirrored surface should their rocky feet slip in the ice and snow, and f…

She came from obscurity and ignited a global movement. Beginning with a small but persistent act of protest outside the Swedish parliament, she inspired millions to join her.

Thirty-five years ago this January, a five-year moratorium on the taking of striped bass went into effect in the state of Maryland.

Ben Franklin may have been wiser than he knew. When he declared in 1789 that the only certainties in life were death and taxes, did he foresee that both would still be at the center of America’s politics 230 years hence, in the guise of our seemingly interminable debate over health care reform?

Ancient history. During the summer of ‘73 when I was working on Nantucket, Frank Sinatra’s yacht docked in the harbor. Word got out and everyone went down to gawk.

Imagine that you are asked to meet with the principal of your child’s school to discuss his behavior. Your son is in the sixth grade and has always been well behaved.

Three collectors recently took home some unconventional offerings from Art Basel, a famous art show held annually in Miami Beach. Each artwork consisted of a banana duct-taped to a wall. Two sold for $120,000, one for $150,000.

“Merrimac Sports is an all-round sporting goods store where you can buy rods, reels, bait, Christmas trees and even fresh lobsters sitting in a quietly burbling water tank.

There are at least two bona fide billionaires in the 2020 presidential sweepstakes, and another guy who claims that title, but never proves it. (His finances are opaque.)

The American criminal justice system has never been as good about ferreting out truth and justice as most people would like to think. The system relies on the memories and judgments of human beings, which makes it fallible and, worse, subject to manipulation.

High school seniors across America are applying to colleges, getting ready to start their first steps in planning for their future. Deciding the right college to embark on  can be a very nerve-wracking process, not to mention the financial costs that attending higher education entails. Adult…


If we work with nature there is a cheap, efficient way to protect the homes on Northern Reservation Terrace. It would be to transport 6,000 cubic yards of sand from the top of the south jetty to the existing berm by truck.

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards.

To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate.

Experiencing all of this cool weather motivates me to take off very soon, so I’ll join other snowbirds and head south. Oh, we’ll have a merry old time just clucking and honking all the way.


Asian Americans are often invisible in American culture, and judging by the experience of presidential candidate Andrew Yang, even more so in politics.

My wallet contains over a dozen “get-the-tenth-cup-free” cards for coffee shops as far as Plymouth, Sturbridge, Meredith, Kennebunkport.

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Exeter, NH - Janet H. Morse, 87, of Exeter, NH formerly of Newburyport, Mass., died peacefully at Langdon Place of Exeter on January 7, 2020. Janet was born July 26, 1932 in Newburyport, daughter of the late Walter E. Milner and Mary (Gallant) Milner. She loved working at home and tending to…