In this June 4, 2015,  photo, University of Wisconsin of  Milwaukee associate professor Lorraine Malcoe, second from left, joins other angry educators and supporters in protest by taping their mouths shut outside a Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee. A spokesman for university professors says Gov. Scott Walker's education policy changes that eliminate tenure could embolden faculty in Wisconsin and around the country to become more organized as Walker mounts his expected run for the White House.  (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Randall Balmer: The War on Tenure

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Having crippled Wisconsin’s public employee unions and survived a recall effort, Scott Walker, the state’s governor and a presumptive presidential candidate, has now set his …

Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections …

Steve Nelson: Taking a Look at the ‘Man at the Corner’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I call him “the man at the corner.” He spends most days at the corner of West 80th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, just two …

Column: A Gun Owner Who Detests the NRA

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary “Please stay on the line . . .” from a pleasant but earnest voice, …

Sunday Forum: Let’s Find Out the Facts in Cornish

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Let’s Find Out the Facts in Cornish To the Editor: At the June 18 Cornish School Board meeting, the public suggested that the School Board entertain the idea of exit interviews to determine why over 50 percent of the staff was leaving. Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin objected, stating that …

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 one, from someone not even old enough to vote, that is well researched and articulate on a controversial subject. Yet that is precisely …

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 possible through their sacrifices. Just as these Americans responded to the call to defend our liberties, our nation must respond to our call …

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 …