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Obama Goes on the Offensive in Mideast . . .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Column: Airline Execs Should Try Sitting in Those Knee-Banger Seats

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There’s an old Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine are about to board a plane and the gate attendant tells them she can bump one …

Column: Obama Goes on the Offensive

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Here’s the nightmare scenario that kept Obama administration officials awake at night this summer as they watched the black-masked guerrillas of Islamic State sweep across …

Editorial: CVS Shuns Cigarettes

Monday, September 15, 2014

CVS stopped selling cigarettes last week. The move may be little more than a business calculation for the pharmacy chain. But it is one worth cheering: It makes the sale of cigarettes less ubiquitous, and it shows that, after decades of effort, smoking is getting the stigma it …

Column: The Political Magic of Rwanda’s Remarkable Road System

Monday, September 15, 2014

A friend was asking me about my recent trip to Rwanda. What, he wanted to know, surprised me the most? “I think it was the roads,” I said. “The roads were amazing.” “I’ll bet,” he said. “They must have been a mess, right?” No, just the opposite. I …

Column: Congress Must Join the Growing Consensus on Climate Change

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Since the 1980s, the dangerous long-term consequences of largely human-caused climate disruption have been plainly and forcefully explained to us. Repeatedly, scientists — generally a conservative lot — have issued new reports that promise accelerating degradation of the …

Editorial: Clean Up This Town

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us, but it’s time for housekeeping of the sort that gets much attention in spring. Red, yellow and orange leaves are declaring summer’s end, and it’s just two months or so before the unofficial Upper Valley Snowtire Panic Day. In the meantime, a couple …

Column: Hope Is Leaking Out of Politics Like Air From a Balloon

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Washington The Iowa State Fair is over, but the circus is coming to town. Today, Hillary and Bill Clinton are scheduled to attend the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, the famous Iowa political event named after Sen. Tom …

Steve Nelson: Leaders Grandstand After Great Tragedies; Nothing Changes

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I write on Sept.11. Moments ago I stood, greeting students, on the steps of the Manhattan school where I work. Thirteen years earlier, nearly to the minute, I stood in exactly the same spot and answered a cell phone call from my son, who lived in North Carolina …

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Glenn McCoy, Clay Bennett and Darrin Bell …

Sunday Forum: Ambiguity in Norwich; an Honor in Orange; a Muddle in the Mideast

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ambiguity in Norwich To the Editor: The contretemps between the Norwich town manager, Neil Fulton, and Selectwoman Linda Cook appears to be a symptom of a dysfunctional Selectboard. A town manager was forced out three years ago without explanation, and now issues of manager insubordination and, possibly, questionable …

Column: Power Must Be Employed With Caution

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the last decade, the views of Americans on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been …

Editorial: No Vacancies In the Valley

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Much has changed in the Upper Valley over the past 25 years, but among the constants is an acute shortage of rental housing — especially of the affordable variety. This point was reinforced last Sunday in a report by staff writer John Lippman, who found that in the …