Opinion

Column: The Harm of Overdiagnosing Breast Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

If you haven’t gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing …

Editorial: In My Backyard? Maybe

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — is the derogatory acronym applied to neighbors’ knee-jerk opposition to worthwhile development projects that they would not …

Column: Why Bernie Sanders Will Not Be Able to Pull Off the Upset

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hillary Clinton is once again campaigning for president as the prohibitive front-runner, and once again, she faces a challenge from an insurgent progressive outsider with …

Editorial: Fund Alzheimer’s Research

Friday, July 31, 2015

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease tallied a small victory last week, when two new drugs were found that possibly slow its relentless attack on brain cells. But the search for a cure isn’t moving nearly quickly enough. Alzheimer’s kills about 100,000 Americans every year and undermines the final …

Column: An Attack on Planned Parenthood, and on Women’s Health Care

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women’s health care for nearly a century. Each year, 2.7 million people come to our health centers for high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care. Since our very beginning, our health centers, …

Column: Scouts’ Decision Isn’t About the Kids

Friday, July 31, 2015

Any Boy Scout can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they’re not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days …

Column: Who Will Cover Local News?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Everybody who’s been paying attention knows that it’s been a tough decade for American newspapers. But every once in a while it’s worth checking in on just how bad it’s been. The release of the American Society of News Editors’ annual newsroom census on Tuesday provides an opportunity …

Forum: Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor; Enfield Trail Blazer; Welcome, Sports Editor

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor To the Editor: Solar power is a good energy source in most cases, an important tool to reduce climate change. The current proposal for a massive solar farm in Windsor is a bad idea, an example of misplaced solar sprawl to export energy …

Column: NRA Leader Promises Apocalypse Now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. “We never would’ve imagined it would’ve happened in Louisiana or Lafayette,” he …

Editorial: Ethics in Vermont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Gov. Peter Shumlin finally came out unequivocally in favor of creating a state ethics commission last week, his spokesman told The Associated Press that the timing was not related to potential conflicts of interest that have surfaced recently involving current and former members of his administration and …

Column: Concealed Handguns Make America Safer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and ABC News and …

Forum: Merchants of Doubt and Death; Republicans and Workers; Don’t Mock Caitlyn Jenner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Merchants of Doubt and Death To the Editor: Saturday night my wife and I went with some English friends to the Hopkins Center to see the film Merchants of Doubt, which documents how skepticism about the reality of climate change is being purveyed by many of the very …

Column: The Senate Strikes Back, and Ted Cruz Loses a Battle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington Who’s afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz? Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would “render ourselves lawless” and cause “chaos.” Alexander reminded the …