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Opinion

Column: How to Stop Putin’s Drive for Domination

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are …

Editorial: Safer Diving on Route 4 in Vermont

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The news is not exactly overburdened with success stories these days, especially ones involving government action. But it does appear that one may be quietly …

Column: Style and Substance: Bobby Jindal Could Be a Contender in 2016

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just …

Column: Eat More Fish, but Not From the Seven Seas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood …

Forum, July 22: The Decline of NPR News; Visiting Prison; Waste in the Landfill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Picayune Radio To the Editor: In modern nations, political leaders meet the educated public’s demand for the public financing of discerning radio and television services. These media, such as the BBC, provide critical information and analysis to people who care about the duties of citizenship. In contrast, …

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Editorial: Oversight Needed of Government Labs

Monday, July 21, 2014

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them — without even properly sterilizing them first. What’s worse is that this was one in a string …

Column: Capitalism That Works; The Lessons We Should Be Learning From Spying on Germany

Monday, July 21, 2014

As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class. The latest edition of the CIA’s World Factbook spells …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And …

About Cutting Corporate Taxes

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week I testified in front of the Joint Economic Committee on the topic of assessing the recovery after five years. As you can imagine, congressional testimony can be pretty frustrating these days for members of the fact-based community, but I thought this one covered a lot of …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Editorial: The Co-op Firings

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If the current controversy over the firing of two longtime employees at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon has demonstrated anything conclusively, it is that the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society remains a signature Upper Valley institution about which its members care deeply. There’s no mystery why that’s the …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …