Opinion

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Column: How Does the GOP Solve a Problem Like Trump?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Every major Republican presidential campaign and every allied super PAC confronts the same question at their morning strategy meetings: What do you do with a …

Willem Lange: Family Campout Memories

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hyde Park, Vt. During the month of August in 1971, our family — my wife, the three kids and I — paddled the headwaters of …

Column: Back-to-School Dream — The Best Year Ever

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Even in places that remain in touch with the rhythms of agriculture, few seasonal markers prove as heady, reliable and poignant as the reopening of school. Every September the crosswalks ripen with kids in their back-to-school clothes; the long yellow buses harvest our lanes and streets. First the …

On-Demand Workplace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Amazon recently eclipsed Wal-Mart as the top retailer in the United States, based on stock valuation. If you want to think dour thoughts about the state of the American worker, you could start right there. Wal-Mart’s employment practices have been savaged by critics for years. It is the …

Forum: Politicians Misunderstand Teachers; Misuse of My Tax Money; Seabrook and Safety

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Politicians and Teachers To the Editor: In this “Trumpian” election cycle, in which the winner may be the person who can say the boldest, meanest and, usually, the most incomprehensibly stupid thing possible, Gov. John Kasich tossed his tongue into the ring in a comment he made in …

Column: Stop the Insanity of Weak Gun Regulation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman. Since then, I have stated in numerous interviews with local, national and international media that I plan to make …

Editorial: Changing Health Care — The DH-APD Affiliation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There has been much conjecture in recent years about how the nation’s health care system will evolve to address issues of access and cost. In the Upper Valley, at least, the answer seems to be not single payer, but single provider. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but news …

Column: Many Share Blame in St. Paul’s School Case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surfing on television the other day, I lingered on a movie, Little Miss Sunshine, only long enough to hear the irascible Alan Arkin, with typical Hollywood tastelessness and cynicism, advise his pretend grandson to get all the sex he can while a teenager, especially with younger girls who …

Column: Markets Fluctuate; Retirees Need Security

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Volatility in the stock market over the last couple of weeks has caused enormous unease among investors big and small. Tens of millions of people with much of their retirement money in the market are worried about seeing a sudden plunge in prices. Many of these people will …

Forum: Reality and Politics; Attacking the Messenger; Social Security’s Problems

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reality and Politics To the Editor: The Aug. 18 Valley News Editorial referred to Gov. John Kasich, aspiring presidential candidate, as a “reality-based Republican,” but also mentions that “he doesn’t really address climate change.” Failing to address climate …

Column: Questions for the Next Debate

Monday, August 31, 2015

In a few weeks, the Republicans will hold their second presidential debate, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s bound to be a doozy. The continued ascent of Donald Trump, and his unmitigated displays of ego, id, …

Editorial: Yes, Guns Do Kill People

Monday, August 31, 2015

America’s ritualized response to gun violence is no more comforting for being so familiar. The initial burst of horror. The ricochet of blame. The benumbed kin struggling to understand why guns are so readily available to people who are dangerous, reckless or disturbed. There are peculiarities to this …