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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Indiana’s Bill Is a Step Back for America

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to …

Editorial: Call It the N.H. Poll-aroid

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire House, whose budget-cutting zeal apparently knows no bounds — including those of common sense and decency — now is considering a plan …

Column: Thoughts for Your Penny: It’s More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Approaching noon, I had a hankering for shrimp tempura sushi and some dumplings. At a local takeout, my bill came to $15.01. After I handed …

Column: Harry Reid Led a No-Holds-Barred Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will. Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of …

Forum, March 31: Hard Times on Route 12A; What’s in the Water in Hanover?; Women Refs Deserve Respect

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hard Times on Route 12A To the Editor: Lebanon Police are asking for an ordinance on panhandling on the 12A corridor. Is it truly a safety concern or a way to sweep the poverty-stricken under the rug? If you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking down 12A in …

Editorial: Take a Vacation From Digital Devices

Monday, March 30, 2015

A couple and their two kids await dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. Everyone is silent, hunched over cellphones. A familiar picture? Yes, but families can break the pattern this summer — at least for a week or two — by taking a digital-free summer vacation. With spring break …

Column: A Lot Rides on Small Money Vs. Big Money

Monday, March 30, 2015

“The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties,” President Theodore Roosevelt — that scurrilous Republican radical — told Congress in 1907. TR’s preference for democracy over plutocracy (he also …

Column: Critics Call Singapore an Autocracy, but I Felt Free There

Monday, March 30, 2015

Between my early life in India and my current life in the United States, I spent 14 years in paradise: Singapore. From clean water and crime-free streets to reliable public transportation and easy access to libraries, the state government anticipates all the basic needs to provide its residents …

Forum, March 30: Vote, Lebanon Voters; N.H. Tax Squeeze; Solar Power

Monday, March 30, 2015

Not Voting Is Not an Answer To the Editor: In response to the letter from Connie Kroner on the Lebanon school budget and voter turnout (“Lebanon Voters Are Worn Down,” March 25), I just want to say, I am sorry you feel that way. If you are unhappy …

Column: Pride of Place, Pride of Plate, in Vermont and France

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Like many who hail from the Green Mountain State, I enjoy sharing local food with family, friends and strangers. Whether cutting thick slices of Shelburne Farms cheddar for a perfect grilled cheese, shelling peas picked hours earlier, or …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the news media a binge of “bad behavior.” That term, though, conveys a sense of boys-will-be-boys mischief-making that hardly does justice to the often …

Column: Libertarian Roots and Ideals of the Internet Have Come to Naught

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and easy access to venture capital had begun to inflate the dot-com bubble. Cryptographers were at war …

Steve Nelson: The Entitled Blame the Victims

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reading the news these days might lead one to believe that white folks, particularly straight male white folks, are a beleaguered minority. It reminds me of a Martin Mull “middle class blues” parody years ago, where Mull sang with faux anguish about his martini being too warm. Pity …