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Opinion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who …

Willem Lange: Way Up North in New Hampshire, Where Nature Has Surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Hampshire, 44º50’N We’re located almost halfway from the Equator to the North Pole here, but the land leans more toward the north than the …

Column: Medicaid Change Rejected, and a Woman Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and Legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, …

Forum, July 30: America’s Game: Wealth; Beware Single-Payer; The Obession of the ‘Valley News’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading Is Still Fundamental To the Editor: On May 31, members of the American Legion Post 84 joined White River School staff to help us raise money to preserve our Reading is Fundamental program. Adjutant Dan Hillard and his colleagues learned that federal funds for the RIF program …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well …

Column: When Elite Athletes Become Couch potatoes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Question: Twenty years from now, who’s more likely to be a regular, healthy exerciser? A) The all-American athlete, with the ripped physique, seemingly infinite endurance, superhuman strength and supremely tuned agility? Or B) The decidedly less-impressive specimen sitting in the bleachers? Intuition suggests A. Since athletes know how …

Column: Close the Tax Loophole That Sends U.S. Corporations Overseas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. At the same time, the system has become full of inefficiencies and special-interest loopholes. That …

Forum, July 29: Change in Norwich; One for the Books in Bradford; Measles Prevention

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vocal Minority in Norwich To the Editor: I’m compelled to respond to Brian Livingston’s attack on Norwich Town Manager Neil Fulton and the needs of the Norwich municipal workers (“A Pool, Not a Police Station,” July 14). There is ample evidence that the police department’s building is beyond …

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Column: Long Executions Might Not Affect Support for Death Penalty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of execution that the state of Arizona administered on Wednesday, …

Column: The Pay Gap Is Still a Problem

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed — for the third time — to get anywhere this spring. But with a summit on working families and President Barack Obama’s lunch with an accountant mom in Minneapolis, the White House has tried to make the frustrations of working mothers and their …