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Opinion

Former Governor of Florida

Column: Jeb Bush May Be the Establishment’s Choice

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Yes, he’s out of touch with the Republican base, out of shape on the campaign trail, and burdened by the disastrous presidency of his …

Editorial: The Sky Isn’t Falling

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some of the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gathered for a “Freedom Summit” in Manchester over the weekend, marking what one conservative activist …

Column: A Wounded Boston Marathoner Now Revels in the Ordinary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby’s room to paint and some IKEA furniture to …

Sex Assault and Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under this policy. Here are some of these rights: The right to a public trial. The right to a trial by an impartial jury of one’s peers. The …

Letter: America Out of Balance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: As you report, former New Hampshire attorney general and current U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte believes General Motors’ sale of cars with faulty ignition switches was a criminal act. Surely Sen. Ayotte knows no one will go to jail for their outrageous behavior despite the loss …

Letter: Forcing Schools to Compete

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News recently featured pieces on Common Core education standards. Barbara Couch (Perspectives, March 30) is optimistic that students’ exposure to the state standards will make them better prepared for the work force. The Valley News editorial (April 2) notes that the Common Core standards …

Editorial: Not So Great Expectations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Normally we turn to Dickens to read about hardhearted adults displaying callous indifference to the plight of children. No such resort to fiction was needed last week, though, as first Lebanon school officials and then the executive board of the teachers union placed adherence to policy over the …

Column: Vets Feel Good About Wartime Experience

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more …

Letter: Baffling Nuclear Policy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: In another example of this administration’s baffling (to put it nicely) foreign policy, we learn that the United States is making sharp reductions in its nuclear deterrence four years before the date required by the New Start Treaty. The greatest reductions will be made in …

Letter: Zoning Decision Not in Public Interest

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: I’ve never been satisfied with any board deciding what is right or wrong for any municipality, and the recent decision by the Lebanon Zoning Board is a good example why. In czar-like fashion, the board decided (by a 3-2 vote) that Dana Seguin’s request to …

Letter: Push Back Against Casino Interests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: The persistence in New Hampshire of casino interests and their lobbyists and supporters is impressive and speaks to the huge profits they anticipate. It is important for those of us concerned about the welfare of our fellows (and ourselves) to keep speaking up. The latest …

Letter: Men's Behavior Is at Issue

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: Robert Spottswood’s thoughtful reasoning (“An End to Sexual Assault,” Forum, April 10) gives me hope if we can manage to maintain focus on the core problem with sexual assault. I worry, however, that in the aftermath of the trial involving two Dartmouth students we are …

Letter: Screen-Obsessed Children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Screen-Obsessed Children To the Editor: Twenty years ago, one of my 11th-grade English students told me, “I never finished a book in my life until I took your class.” He was the canary tweeting in the coal mine about the mouse-click, digital, touch-screen tsunami about to inundate America, …