Opinion

Kate Millett, left, author of the best selling feminist tract "Sexual Politics" listens as writer Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970.  (AP Photo)

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m …

Column: What If It Were Cruz versus Sanders in November?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote a column imagining an improbable contest for the presidency between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This was a thought experiment that played with the idea that such a …

Editorial: N.H. Executive Council Should Reverse Planned Parenthood Decision

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Political life is rife with all sorts of dishonesty, but in some respects the worst is the intellectual variety. A notorious example is now playing out in the New Hampshire Executive Council, the five-member body that, among other duties, confirms gubernatorial appointees and approves all state contracts over …

Editorial: Ruling Out Senility on the Bench

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists …

Column: Clinton Has the Skills and Insight to Direct Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

Forum: A Woman, Not a Girl; What Women Expect: Dignity and Fairness

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Woman, Not a Girl To the Editor: Who writes your headlines, and what decade are they living in? I am referring to the headline, “Girl Power in Hanover,” above the story about Gloria Steinem’s visit to campaign for Hillary Clinton. It sounds like it should preface a …