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Opinion

Column: How to Stop Putin’s Drive for Domination

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are …

Editorial: Safer Diving on Route 4 in Vermont

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The news is not exactly overburdened with success stories these days, especially ones involving government action. But it does appear that one may be quietly …

Column: Style and Substance: Bobby Jindal Could Be a Contender in 2016

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just …

Column: Don’t Imprison Heroin Mothers and Babies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several …

Forum, July 24: More Co-op; Less Greed; ‘Tabasco?’; All This and Chocolate Chips

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Employment Issues Are Complex To the Editor: With regard to Sunday’s editorial (“The Co-op Firings,” July 20): Everyone who has ever managed a business with many employees is familiar with the difficulties of personnel management and the delicate balance required between the need for fairness and transparency, on …

Column: In a Time of Crisis, the Usual Petty Politics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and …

The Highs And Lows

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the country gradually liberalizes marijuana laws — pot is now legal in Colorado and Washington state and medicinal marijuana is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia — the debate goes on over whether cannabis could be a tax boon for states, poses a danger …

Willem Lange: Even in the Bustle of the City, People Crave the Natural World

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The TV crew and I stood this morning beside a couple of fortresslike granite buildings with 19th-century-style hip roofs, ocher-colored grout, and fancy exposed rafter tails. They were designed, a brochure informs me, by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson. There was water on one side of the …

Forum, July 23: More About the Co-op; No More Co-op; Thanks, Shawn Braley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don’t Rush to Judgment To the Editor: The recent controversy about firings at the Co-op seems to revolve around how a values-based organization could so abruptly dismiss employees considered by many to be very competent and helpful. We have long been Co-op members and one of us served …

Column: Man Walked on the Moon, and We All Watched

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It was, after all, only a boot-crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much. But we saw it, on TV. We saw it and were changed, along with the human world around us. Like many readers, I was sitting in a …

Monday, July 21, 2014

Editorial: Thoughts in Summer: Potholes, Playing Catch, Pickpockets

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Here are a few things we have been thinking about lately. ∎ Has there been in recent memory a better late spring/early summer of weather in the Upper Valley than this one? Sunny, cool to moderate temperatures, rain when it has been needed: The gardens couldn’t be happier, and …

Column: The Death Penalty Violates Human Dignity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the …