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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed …

Column: Five Myths About the NFL, From concussions to Socialism

Monday, September 22, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Americans have been confronted by a slew of scandals besieging our most popular sport. Outrage over the off-the-field violence of …

Column: The Coming Era of Unlimited, Clean and Free Energy

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was …

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not …

Column: The Natural Meets the Spiritual in Hanover’s Pine Park

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hanover Shafts of sunlight pierce the canopy as I descend into what I like to think of as my cathedral of the pines. Columns of stately conifers line the nave. High overhead, branches arch like flying buttresses. The …

Editorial: A Local Bookstore Beats the Odds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Norwich Bookstore and many happy returns. Well, not the sort of returns that involve receipts, refunds and dissatisfied customers; those would be unhappy returns. We refer to the hope that this bookstore, which turned 20 yesterday, will continue to survive — better yet, thrive …

Column: Can Tweets Help the Police and Public Engage?

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the tiny town of Jun, Spain (population 3,000), meeting rooms in city hall have their own Twitter accounts. When residents want to reserve them, they send a direct message via Twitter; when it’s time, the door to …

Column: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Deserves Its Status

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last weekend marked the 200th anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Over the years, many debates have surrounded the national anthem — involving its meaning, its quality and the circumstances under which Francis Scott Key came …

Column: Shed a Tear for the iPod

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quietly, even stealthily, Apple last week brought about that moment that many of its most loyal followers dreaded would happen: It killed off the iPod. Oh, the name lives on for now, attached to a suite of weird …

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Glenn McCoy, Clay Bennett and Darrin Bell …

Sunday Forum: New Hampshire’s Senate Choice; Smart Growth in Vermont; Cheryl Hannah’s Legal Legacy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Hampshire’s Senate Choice To the Editor: Now that the primary is over, Scott Brown is going to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November’s election. With this in mind, New Hampshire is left with a choice. Do we want to move forward, or do we want to move …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents released that detail its battle to prevent the …

Column: Illegal Drugs Aren’t as Dangerous as Scientists Say

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is America’s scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of …