Opinion

Striking FairPoint workers picket in front of their office, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Concord, N.H. More than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike demanding that the company return to the bargaining table.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

FairPoint Workers Deserve Our Support

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the United Church of Christ, and in other Christian denominations, we are in the midst of the season of Advent, a time of expectation …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold …

For Cops, Ignorance of the Law Is an Excuse

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Well, you heard it here first: Ignorance of the law is an excuse, so long as you’re the police. Or so the U.S. Supreme Court …

Horror In Peshawar Violates Our Shared Sense of Humanity

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The world seems full of crises and disasters: from political stasis and racial standoffs in Europe and the United States, to the classic conflicts of capitalism in “emerging” economies (inequality, weakening states, authoritarianism), to tribal conflicts and sectarian uprisings in the Middle East and Africa. But the small …

Forum, Dec. 18: Revels Celebrates the Light; A Failure to Cooperate in Hartford; Tortured Logic of Chaney

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revels Celebrates the Light To the Editor: I am president of Revels North, and I applaud Mr. Baum for his thoughtful expression of concern about an element of our 40-year-old Hanover Christmas Revels. (“Dark Side of a Revels Song,” Dec. 17). Professor Baum’s essay on the potential for …

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, …

A Visit to Mexico, Home of Drug Cartels and Vital Grasslands

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reserva Biologica el Uno, Chihuahua, Mexico Just before bedtime I opened the big, solid front door and stepped out onto the front porch of the ranch house where we’re staying here. I wanted a look at the stars before the moon came up. In the dim light from …

Rise in CO2 Has an Upside, Industry Claims

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Washington For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to …

As Oil Prices Fall, Russia Loses Its Might

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia’s economy imploded. Russia’s central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is …

Forum, Dec. 17: Dark Side of a Revels Song; the National Conscience; Why Not Display the Flag in West Lebanon?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dark Side of a Revels Song To the Editor: The Valley News, together with Dartmouth College and various community groups, have been marking the 40th anniversary of the Christmas Revels. It is hailed as great family fun in almost daily notices. Unfortunately, it is a profoundly painful experience …

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never …