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Opinion

Friday, January 30, 2015

Editorial: Rehab, Not Arrests, May Win the Drug War

Saturday, January 31, 2015

With the long-running war on drugs having proved about as effective as America’s adventures in the Middle East — Operation Quagmire — it was refreshing …

Column: The Oversized Appeal of Little Libraries, in Hanover and Elsewhere

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hanover’s Little Free Library, not much bigger than a breadbox and perched on a post outside Town Hall, was well stocked the day I peered …

Forum, Jan. 31: Hartford Recycling Facts; Keystone Pipeline and Big Money; What’s Inflated, What’s Not

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recycling in Hartford: The Facts and Figures To the Editor: Since the Hartford Selectboard unanimously voted to put the question of townwide curbside recycling to the voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, a number of residents have asked questions that the Hartford Solid Waste Advisory Committee …

Column: A Message to the Young Entitled Man: Get a Job, Get a Life

Saturday, January 31, 2015

“What’s your goal in life?” I asked a cheerful young man at an alumni event. “I want to retire by 35” was his snappy answer. He smiled, cocked his head as if auditioning to play George Clooney’s kid brother and waited for what he clearly expected to be …

Column: They Put Down My Pats — I Shake Them Off

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington I never knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams …

Column: Court Will Rule Against ACA Provision

Friday, January 30, 2015

Conservatives in Washington are increasingly confident that the Supreme Court will rule this summer that the White House has gone beyond its legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act. Any such decision would enrage liberals. They would accuse the Republican-appointed justices of putting a stake through the …

Column: Barbie Doll Still Has Legs: Just Ask My 4-Year-Old Daughter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mattel chief executive Bryan Stockton resigned Tuesday after a five-quarter sales slump and three years of flagging sales of the company’s best-known brand, Barbie. It is, however, definitely not the end of the Barbie phenomenon, or, at any rate, of what Barbie stands for: An unattainable ideal of …

Editorial: Dolt .45

Friday, January 30, 2015

The descent of American presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant, argued the 19th century writer Henry Adams, was enough to raise doubts about the theory of evolution. Anyone looking to debunk Darwin today could find ample evidence in the behavior of travelers going through airport security …

Forum, Jan. 30: Should I Stay or Go?; Value of Religion; The Mail Didn’t Go Through

Friday, January 30, 2015

Should I Stay Or Go? To the Editor: Between now and Town Meeting I will be considering whether or not to stay on the Hartford School Board. After the board’s refusal to even consider discussing the motion I proposed at the Jan. 28 meeting — “That any student …

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Editorial: No Margin of Error for Vermont’s Sex Offender Registry

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lawmakers in Vermont are reportedly trying to determine just how accurate the information on the state’s online sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ street addresses are added. The answer is obvious: Close doesn’t count when it comes to people’s reputations and perhaps their physical safety; “close …

Column: The Kochs Buy Into the 2016 Elections

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from their announcement that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all …