Opinion

Friday, May 22, 2015

Column: Debates Promise Cheap, Watchable Entertainment for Cable

Saturday, May 23, 2015

We’re about to see some wild behavior from the Republican presidential candidates. At least that’s what the cable networks are trying to arrange. To understand …

Column: What Bin Laden Was Reading — Conspiracies

Saturday, May 23, 2015

While the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has been busy clouding the history of Osama bin Laden’s years on the lam in Pakistan, the Office of …

Editorial: Supercomputer Recipes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

An editorial could some day be authored by a computer, but not yet. Ours are written by humans for the time being, although we could imagine typing in keywords and phrases — Norwich bandstand, outrage, infrastructure, campaign finance, Founding Fathers, deflated footballs — and letting a computer finish …

Forum, May 23: Fire When Ready, Everybody; Too Fast for Union Village, Barbecued Bugs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fire When Ready, Everybody To the Editor: The Waco shootout — what do we make of it? Gangs and cops shooting it out over a disputed parking place. From shouts to shots in a matter of minutes, and we are left with the spectacle of nine dead, hundreds …

Column: American Dream Isn’t Dead Yet

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently. “Today, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans believe that our kids will have a worse life than we do,” Cruz told conservatives in South Carolina. “That has …

Column: Walk in Lebanon for Campaign Finance Reform

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers with a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of City Hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do …

Editorial: Military, Police, Weapons

Friday, May 22, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some lines between police officers and soldiers ought to remain distinct, and President Obama took an essential step this week toward reining in the …

Forum, May 22: Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon; Hike for Democracy; Contented at the Co-op

Friday, May 22, 2015

Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon To the Editor: Jim Kenyon needs to get some new material. Like a dried-up old comic, his shtick has gotten a little timeworn. I believe Mr. Kenyon is a pro-pot guy. He would appear to hate police officers as well (or “cops” as …

Column: A Flock of GOP Hawks Turns Bloodthirsty

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nearly a dozen of the Republicans who are running for president spent last weekend in South Carolina talking about foreign policy, and to any viewer who stumbled across the event on C-SPAN, it sounded like a contest in …

Column: So Many GOP Candidates, So Little Room

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington “If you can’t take a joke,” Lindsey Graham has said, “don’t run for president.” Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke — which is why he …

Editorial: Judgment Calls

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It appears that just about everybody running for president in 2016 now agrees about at least one thing: The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake. This consensus includes not only Hillary Clinton, who voted as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the war, but also …

Column: GMOs Are Safe, and State Labeling Laws Are Unnecessary

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Science, innovation, safety and affordability. Who could oppose United States food policy based on these core principles? Unfortunately, this idea has become unnecessarily controversial in agriculture. The unmerited fear of genetically modified organism crops threatens scientific advancements in biotechnology needed to meet the growing global demand for safe …