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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Column: Legalize Pot in Vermont

Saturday, July 4, 2015

As a state senator, I’m used to getting missives from countless Vermonters who wish to weigh in on various subjects. But rarely do I get …

Column: We Should Serve Those Who Served

Saturday, July 4, 2015

On the Fourth of July, our nation comes together to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy, freedoms our service members, veterans and their families have made …

Editorial: Life, Liberty, Happiness

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station …

Column: Freedom of Hyperbolic Speech, Too

Saturday, July 4, 2015

If you have dipped a toe into the fetid swamps of online political debate, chances are you have encountered — maybe even authored — acerbic one-liners like, “There is a special place in hell for that so-and-so ---!” (fill in the blank with your least-favorite public official’s name). …

Forum: Dedication of a Coxswain; Fertile Ground for Hatred; Extremism Is No Virtue

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Dedication of a Coxswain To the Editor: Congratulations to David Desaulniers for a great Valley News article on his success as a coxswain — and for his beautifully articulated description of the art of coxing a rowing crew (“The Best Seat on the Water: Etna’s Desaulniers Set …

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Editorial: The People V. Gerrymandering

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Supreme Court has mostly avoided questions about gerrymandering, the practice of drawing otherwise irrational legislative district lines to the advantage of one party or of incumbents. But on Monday, in an unexpected victory for the democratic process, the court said the Constitution allows people to fight back …

Column: Fighting Big Money

Friday, July 3, 2015

For the dreamers among us, every four years come new reasons for hope: Maybe This Time, Maybe This Guy, Maybe at Last. Then comes the election, and (sometimes) the honeymoon: the new guy rolls out his plans, reaffirms his promises; there are rumblings in the direction of change. …

Column: How Paid Sick Leave Became a Movement

Friday, July 3, 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing Republicans’ latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was the government’s ability to provide subsidies to help millions of working Americans purchase …

Forum: Time to Examine Our Roots; Co-op Leadership Success; Co-op Leadership Failure

Friday, July 3, 2015

It’s Time to Examine Our Roots To the Editor: This letter is in response to the article “PBS Puts ‘Finding Your Roots’ on Hold” published in the June 25 Valley News. While I fully appreciate efforts by PBS to ensure the integrity of the Finding Your Roots research …

Column: Roberts Is Wrong About Marriage Backlash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case. Thus, Chief Justice John …

Editorial: Loyalty Pays at Market Basket

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When we left off with the Market Basket saga late last summer, Arthur T. Demoulas, the deposed chief executive of the grocery store chain, was back in charge, abetted by an extraordinary outpouring of support from loyal employees and customers. The price of obtaining control of the company …