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Opinion

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Editorial: Hartford Should Think Things Through on Drugs in the Schools

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just how bad the drug problem is in Hartford is hard to measure, but town and school officials seem convinced that it’s sufficiently severe that …

Column: After the Great Recession: Minimalism

Thursday, March 5, 2015

When my nephew graduated from high school, he decided not to enroll in college. The family thought, well, he’ll mature. Then he’ll want to get …

Column: Are Vermont Taxpayers Being Asked to Pay for Too Much?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Vermont House and Senate Appropriations committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced general fund budget for fiscal year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, 8 percent of the proposed general fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of legislatures to …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and …

Column: Minivan Mom Looks to Score Some Weed

Monday, March 2, 2015

Washington If marijuana is going to be as mainstream as chardonnay in our country’s capital, it shouldn’t be tough for a minivan-driving mother of two to find a pot party, right? Especially not if the city’s stoners were …

Column: Britain’s Military Lacks Defenders in the Battle of the Budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Conservative Party has traditionally been the champion of a strong defense in Britain (just think Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher). So with elections approaching in May and new military threats emerging from Russia to Islamic State, boosting the nation’s defenses might seem a logical campaign theme for …

Editorial: Dangerous Air Bags

Monday, March 2, 2015

You would think a company that makes vehicle air bags — a critical safety feature — would go all-out to assure the world that its product is, you know, safe. And if something went terribly wrong, causing this safety product to kill? You’d expect the company to do …

Column: Even Gruber Deserves a Break sometimes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jonathan Gruber — yes, that Jonathan Gruber — is in trouble again. This time he’s being pummeled by liberal state governments for whom he’s done work. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker demanded Gruber’s resignation from the board of the state’s Health Connector insurance website. And more troubling, the Vermont …

Column: The Chicken Count — Small Farmers Could Use Flexibility in Slaughter Rules

Sunday, March 1, 2015

This past year, we raised and sold 1,000 chickens on our farm outside White River Junction. We have a strong market for chicken, and every year we can sell this many birds with a reasonable return on time …

Editorial: Saving the Internet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Anytime David fells Goliath, it is almost by definition news — chiefly because it happens so rarely, and especially when powerful economic interests are on the receiving end of the stone to the forehead. One such unlikely story culminated last week with the adoption by the Federal Communications …

Column: Each Generation Invents the Monsters It Needs

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A search for “zombie fiction” on Amazon currently provides you with more than 25,000 options. Barely a week goes by without another onslaught from the living dead on our screens. We’ve just seen the return of one of …

Column: What Does the Public Get in Privacy Trade-Offs?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Suppose that the government were to ask each of us to wear an unremovable bracelet that allowed our location to be determined in an emergency. The responsible agencies would promise never to use this authority in the absence …