Monthly Archives: August 2011

Even ‘weary’ Irene leaves an imprint

LEXINGTON, Mass. — It was a lost and boring weekend, and do I ever consider myself lucky for that. Even in our little world, the 20-minute walk on which I take our goldie, Murphy, each morning, Irene left its calling … Continue reading

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Goodnight? Who can sleep with Hurricane Irene bearing down

LEXINGTON, Mass. — So much for the national news, the National Weather Service and Twitter’s gazillion followers. As Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one DOES anything about it.” And that includes giving obsessive weather watchers … Continue reading

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Why newspapers still matter

Like many of you, I suspect, I spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling the news online. These days, as I wait to have a cataract removed from my right eye, the computer comes in particularly handy: I can bump … Continue reading

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Mr. President: Your moment of truth has arrived

A lot can happen in 15 months. But I believe this September will be Barack Obama’s time of reckoning. Either he will engage and lead the American public — and continue to engage and lead it until the election — … Continue reading

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A case of double vision at The New York Times

Perhaps all the top editors were partying in the Hamptons, too. It is the end of August. Whatever the reason, someone at The New York Times seems to have forgotten to read all the Sunday paper’s section fronts before rolling … Continue reading

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Talk about a new world order

Graphics, it seems, can be worth just as many words as pictures. This graphic (click link), compiled by Economist, is worth all 1,000. It shows the global winners and losers in growth and contraction since the monetary meltdown of 2007, … Continue reading

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Researchers build a different picture of the Tea Party

In the last week or so I’ve read several articles noting that Americans are turning against the Tea Party and that it is a really conservative movement. Golldarnit, I’d have never guessed. Who’d have thought that a movement screaming about … Continue reading

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A billionaire comes clean on unjust tax breaks for the rich

Thank you, Warren Buffett. There’s no better way to understand the injustice of the American tax system than to read the story of one of the richest men in the world. Today, in a New York Times opinion piece titled … Continue reading

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Class warfare? The wealthiest wage it relentlessly

Extreme income inequality causes a cultural separation that is unhealthy on its face and corrosive over time…. It is hard to imagine an adequate answer to the problems we face that doesn’t involve greater redistribution of wealth. “Can the Middle … Continue reading

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Mr. President: Talk to us, the people who elected you

It saddens me to say it, but Barack Obama once again showed himself out of touch this afternoon. With the markets plunging and the public scared, the president had a chance to reach out to the American people, to calm … Continue reading

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