Opinion

Yes supporters celebrate as first results begin to filter through in referendum at Dublin castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Column: Winners, No Real Losers, in Irish Vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Boston Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester …

Editorial: Ugly Moment for a Beautiful Game

Friday, May 29, 2015

Soccer is a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the …

Column: Does Sanders Deserve Coverage?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the media cover candidates …

Column: What Candidates Really Need to Talk About

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington It’s far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate’s ideology, should be expected to address. Issues of character and …

Forum, May29: Next Exit: Another Development; Execution Won’t Bring Healing; Big Wall, Bad Neightbor

Friday, May 29, 2015

Next Exit: Another Development To the Editor: I was horrified this morning to read in the Valley News about the potential development off of I-89 near Randolph (“Fight Over Exit 4 Land Begins: Randolph Man Makes Case for I-89 Development,” May 23). If Vermont wants to resemble the …

Column: The Beautiful Ideas of John Nash Changed Economic Thinking

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The world will be a poorer place without John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory, who died Saturday at 86 in a car crash along with his wife. Most Nash retrospectives (and the movie about him) …

Editorial: Society’s Gay Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Was it really such a struggle to create civil unions in Vermont just 15 years ago? The pace of change on gay rights in the United States and Western Europe since then is like almost nothing else in memory — as if the majority had been waiting for …

Column: The Reluctant Grownups

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In a recent interview, actor Simon Pegg — Shaun of the Dead, various Star Treks, and noted geek — said a number of things that immediately got the Internet up in arms: Comic-book movies are infantilizing us. We care too much about superheroes. We no longer frequent Gritty …

Forum, May 28: Tough Choices in Vermont; Medication Dangers for Cats; Recognize Women Veterans

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tough Choices in Vermont To the Editor: The Vermont legislative session is over and politicians are patting themselves on the back for a job well done, despite some sobering realities. At the beginning of the session, Gov. Peter Shumlin correctly identified that the $110 million-plus budget hole was …

Column: Rand Paul’s Stands Hurt Him in the GOP

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Washington Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south. The libertarian Kentucky senator’s new book, Taking a Stand, came out Tuesday, and it is …

Willem Lange: All Aboard for the Mount Washington Summit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway There’s always an air of slightly anxious anticipation among the crowds of people waiting to board the passenger cars of the cog railway. It’s most noticeable among those who haven’t been up the mountain …

Editorial: A Welcome Decline in Vermont Prison Population

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A population decline is not generally a positive development for a state, but an exception hit the news last week: The number of Vermonters incarcerated dropped to its lowest level since 2002. There are about 350 fewer inmates now than at the 2010 peak of about 2,250, and …

Column: The Right’s Own Political Correctness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is …