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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots face the Seattle eahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Column: Why Fair Play in Sports Matters So Much to So Many

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My guess is that Super Bowl Sunday is not the ideal time to mount an “it’s only a game, after all” argument. Millions of eyes …

Editorial: Mending Dartmouth

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Could this be Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon’s “Nixon Goes to China” moment? To be sure, the analogy that Hanlon had in mind in announcing …

Column: Living Free in N.H., Dying Free in Vermont

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Straddling the Connecticut River, the Upper Valley produces an odd amalgam of political philosophies. Vermonters are decidedly more progressive, seeing government as a mechanism to …

Column: A German Philosopher Who Recognized Anti-Semitism at the Heart of Naziism

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seventy years ago last week Allied troops arrived at the concentration camp of Auschwitz, greeting what survivors remained and seeing for the first time an industrial killing machine of unprecedented scale and brutality. As the epicenter of the …

Column: U.S. Economic Recovery Was the Triumph of Technocrats

Sunday, February 1, 2015

There are two competing narratives about economic policy. In one, economists have no clue how to manage advanced economies, or else we wouldn’t have faced the Great Recession, Europe wouldn’t be the basket case it is, the U.S. …

Sunday Forum: Drug War Is Misguided; Health Care Is Indeed a Right

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Police Can’t Be Choosers To the Editor: While I agree with Jim Kenyon that marijuana prohibition is a mistake, and is starting to be overturned, I must disagree with his complaint about how the Lebanon Police handled the case he wrote about (“Failing The Sniff Test,” Jan. 25). …

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 recently to hear that Rutland has demilitarized its campaign against heroin use. After traditional policing didn’t turn the tide, Sgt. Matt Prouty of …

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 inside. There for the taking was a novel by John Updike, a copy …

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 …