Opinion

In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 photo, Denver Broncosí Peyton Manning holds the Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif. No, Anheuser-Busch didn't pay Peyton Manning to say he'd be drinking a lot of Budweiser after winning the Super Bowl. The company's verified Twitter account said late Sunday, "We didn't know the shout out was coming either, but we're glad it did." (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Column: Be an NFL Fan, but Be a Critical One

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Like Peyton Manning, everyone at the Super Bowl party I attended Sunday night drank a lot of celebratory beer. My San Antonio neighborhood happens to …

Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of …

Column: Restore the Draft for a Better America

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The commandant of the Marines and the Army’s chief of staff testified before a congressional committee last week that they would like to see women …

Willem Lange: When Bob and Ray Had Us in Stitches

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Montpelier Almost obscured by the noise surrounding the presidential primaries was the sad announcement, last week, of the passing of an American treasure. Bob Elliott, 92, the surviving member of the Bob & Ray comedy team, died at his home in Cundys Harbor, Maine — one of those …

Forum: Day Care Marketing Opportunity; No Need for Gas Pipeline; Football, Girls, Violence

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Marketing Opportunity To the Editor: I suggest that an attitude adjustment would allow Joe Asch and the River Valley Club to embrace the idea of sprinklers in the new day care center (“Day Care Builder Challenges Planning Board,” Feb. 5). Don’t think of it as overreach by …

Monday, February 8, 2016

Editorial: The Right Pace for Development Reviews in Lebanon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Developers have long complained that Lebanon’s project review process is not merely exhaustive, but exhausting and costly. The city’s regulations are said to be onerous and arbitrary, and planners have been accused on some occasions of meddling in matters that do not fall within their purview. Getting the …

Column: The Danger of Releasing Detainees

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter faces a profound dilemma. He leads the department that has jurisdiction over the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that detains Islamic militants. At the same time, his boss, President Obama, is determined to close Guantanamo to fulfill a campaign promise he made eight years …

Column: The Internet Will Disrupt Elite Universities, Too

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It happened to newspapers. It happened to magazines. It happened to books. Now it’s happening to higher education: another industry thrown into turmoil and shock because its business model has been overturned by the Internet. Fifteen or 20 years ago, the newspaper industry was just awakening to the …

Forum: Support West Hartford Library; Responsible Use of Cemeteries; No Excusing ‘Girl Power’ Headline

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Support West Hartford Library To the Editor: To the Selectboard of the town of Hartford: On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of White River Junction, we urge you to reconsider the recommendation for reduced funding of the West Hartford Library. The destruction wrought by Tropical …

Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been …

Column: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and He Thinks He’s Extraordinary

Monday, February 8, 2016

A few years ago, an internationally respected 68-year-old physicist fell for a sweetheart scam. Paul Frampton met a young supermodel online, became convinced he was corresponding with the new love of his life and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, to meet her. By the time Frampton arrived, the …

Editorial: Be Frank With Asian Leaders

Monday, February 8, 2016

President Obama has invited 10 heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to an unprecedented summit in California later this month — the first between ASEAN and the United States to be held on American soil. Obama’s aims are to advance his strategy of “rebalancing” …