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Opinion

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Editorial: Your App, Yourself; Smartphones Will Watch Over You

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so …

Willem Lange: On Mountain Day, Students Bond With a Peak Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It happens once a year, and with only a couple of minor breaks, has been happening for over 150 years. It’s Mountain Day at Colby-Sawyer …

Editorial: Holder Failed The Economy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder, who plans to step down after more than five years in office, has efforts and achievements to be proud of, no doubt, but will probably be remembered above all for something he didn’t do: prosecute top executives for their role in the 2008 financial …

Monday, September 29, 2014

Forum, Sept. 29: True Heroes; Guns and Information; Real Health Care

Monday, September 29, 2014

Consider the True Heroes To the Editor: I just read a headline in USA Today: “Jeter a hero in final home game.” Hero? My mind went to the 1990 U.S. Open when Rich Parker faced a tough golf shot. Rich asked the spectators if he should try the …

Randall Balmer: Evangelicals Revisited

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My department chair warned me against writing the book. He said it would be professional suicide. I was an assistant professor at Columbia University in the mid-1980s, just a couple of years out of graduate school. As I …

Untangling A Website

Sunday, September 28, 2014

When Gov. Peter Shumlin and assorted officials announced earlier this month that the state’s clunker of a health insurance website was going into the garage for repairs, the sudden decision to take it off the road was cast as one made proactively to ensure that consumers would have …

Column: How the Republican Party Found and Lost Its Way

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, Republican Justin Smith Morrill stood in Congress to defend his party’s invention: an income tax. The government had the right to demand 99 percent of a man’s property, the …

Steve Nelson: Cherish the Flag, or Burn It?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Burn the American flag! Or not. The complexity of patriotism was my breakfast companion on Wednesday morning. A Valley News editorial praised the Lebanon High School senior, Bhvana Kaushik, who noticed the absence of an American flag at half-staff at the school on Sept. 11. She questioned the …

Sunday Forum: Help a School Dental Program

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Help School Dental Program To the Editor: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently that “tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children.” The report said that about “23 percent of children nationwide aged 2-11 years have at least one primary …

Editorial: Dial A For Accident

Saturday, September 27, 2014

If you happen to be driving and reading this right now, put the paper down, pull over, and then, only then, continue reading. Actually, newspapers don’t present a regular threat on the highways, although we are among those who have observed other, unusual driving distractions, such as intensive …

Column: This Is Not Our Fight in the Middle East

Friday, September 26, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his band of Islamic State zealots received international attention for their brutality and lightning sweep across Iraq, but the United States should know better than to respond with a clarion call to battle. We …