Opinion

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect …

Column: California Demonstrates the GOP’s Demographic Problem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Los Angeles Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what …

Column: Partisanship Grows Sharper in ‘Tribal’ America

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Washington After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House. …

Forum

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hanover’s Gateway Proposal To the Editor: On May 12, Hanover voters will vote on a zoning amendment to create a new Gateway District on West Wheelock Street between the Ledyard Bridge and School Street. The proposal, approved by the planning board, would permit four-story apartment buildings up to …

Column: Christie’s Straight Talk About Social Security

Monday, April 20, 2015

Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to …

Editorial: Protected Airspace?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn last Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no …

Column: Bold Steps Needed to Revive Middle Class

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her presidential campaign making all the right noises. Trouping around Iowa with a handful of aides (and a media scrum that could fill Yankee Stadium), she has focused, however hazily, on the scourge of economic inequality and the concomitant plutocratization of American democracy. …

Forum, Monday: A Woman’s Place Is on a Coin; Gateway to Hanover; More Police in Hartford

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Woman’s Place Is on a Coin To the Editor: I noted with interest your editorial (“Currency Equality: Put a Woman on the $20 Bill,” April 15) discussing placing a woman’s image on a paper bill. But I do not want to see our currency politicized, and I …

Column: If You Come to Vermont, Hillary , I Have a Question

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents were on to me. I knew it the moment one of them began talking into a microphone hidden in his sleeve. As I maneuvered through a crowd toward Hillary, two agents advanced on …

Editorial: States All In On Gambling

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News that the New Hampshire Legislature is, yet again, considering a bill that would bring big-time casino gambling to the state raises two concerns. The primary one, of course, is that lawmakers will succumb to the lure of additional revenue this time and open the doors to all …

Column: How Grant and Lee Forged a Perfect Moment at Appomattox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. It was not the Lincoln assassination; that happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For …

Column: Think You Know Pitching? Here’s Five Strikes Against You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Baseball is like church,” former major league infielder and manager Leo Durocher once said. “Many attend, few understand.” And pitching is one of the most lionized, misunderstood and mythologized aspects of the game, even among other pitchers — …