Opinion

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not …

Making a Deal With Cuba: Who Will Win?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington The U.S. embargo on Cuba — or what’s left of it after President Obama’s dramatic Cuba policy announcement — may be a futile gesture. …

Forum, Dec. 18: Revels Celebrates the Light; A Failure to Cooperate in Hartford; Tortured Logic of Chaney

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revels Celebrates the Light To the Editor: I am president of Revels North, and I applaud Mr. Baum for his thoughtful expression of concern about an element of our 40-year-old Hanover Christmas Revels. (“Dark Side of a Revels Song,” Dec. 17). Professor Baum’s essay on the potential for …

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, …

A Visit to Mexico, Home of Drug Cartels and Vital Grasslands

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reserva Biologica el Uno, Chihuahua, Mexico Just before bedtime I opened the big, solid front door and stepped out onto the front porch of the ranch house where we’re staying here. I wanted a look at the stars before the moon came up. In the dim light from …

Rise in CO2 Has an Upside, Industry Claims

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Washington For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to …

As Oil Prices Fall, Russia Loses Its Might

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia’s economy imploded. Russia’s central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is …

Forum, Dec. 17: Dark Side of a Revels Song; the National Conscience; Why Not Display the Flag in West Lebanon?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dark Side of a Revels Song To the Editor: The Valley News, together with Dartmouth College and various community groups, have been marking the 40th anniversary of the Christmas Revels. It is hailed as great family fun in almost daily notices. Unfortunately, it is a profoundly painful experience …

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never …

Compromise Isn’t Pretty, but It’s Effective

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again. What was not to like? Plenty. Tea Party conservatives hated the bill because it didn’t …