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Friday, November 28, 2014

Editorial: The Evidence in Ferguson

Friday, November 28, 2014

After weeks of anticipation, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., heard on Monday night the news they had feared: A St. Louis County grand jury declined to …

Column: Immigration Order Isn’t Obviously Illegal, and That’s Scary

Friday, November 28, 2014

President Obama claims that his decision to defer deportations for millions of immigrants is within his legal authority. The scary thing about this wide-ranging suspension …

Forum, Nov. 28: Sour Grapes of Wrath; Plutocracy in America; Shop in Enfield

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sour Grapes of Wrath To the Editor: With regard to Winifred Anthony Stearns’ enjoinder to us “sour grapes” non-Republicans that we adopt some of the GOP’s “ideas for fiscal responsibility,” I wonder if she is referring to the most recent instance? The last Republican president mounted two unwinnable …

Column: We Can Have Change Without Prosecution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seattle Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Michael Brown, according to the decision by a grand jury. It’s a controversial ruling, one that seems certain to fracture that community and the country. …

Editorial: Gratitude Is Good for You

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving, and the expectation is that you will dish up at least a dollop of gratitude, even if it’s been a miserable year — the Middle East, the election, the economy, too much snow in Buffalo. Well, sure, you’ll do it, if need be, but what’s …

Column: Ferguson Case Held No Easy Path to Justice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome — except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence. I …

Column: Serving in Congress May Seem Thankless, But Here’s a Little

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are …

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Upper Valley Came Through To the Editor: In 2012, the Carter Community Building Association Board of Trustees launched a three-year youth scholarship fund drive to assist needy youngsters — for many years to come — to learn to swim, play basketball, enjoy summer camp and exercise. We …

Column: Obama Is Doomed to Repeat Recent History

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush. In a cruel echo of history, Obama is morphing into the president whose …

Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, School Finance Director Jim Vezina suggested to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling last week, could lead voters to revolt against rising property taxes. Maybe. …

Column: We Give Thanks, but Do We Share Our Blessings With Others?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier I was scheduled recently to do some after-dinner storytelling at a trade meeting, and just before supper was idly browsing the vendors’ tables set up on one side of the room. One of the vendors, a long-bearded fellow who owns an RV campground somewhere, discovered I was …

Column: The Cosby Myth Is Dead, So Stop Cheering

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two standing ovations. That’s what Bill Cosby, in a “Hello Friend” sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his “Bill Cosby 77” tour at a Melbourne, Florida, …