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Opinion

Willem Lange: All Aboard for the Mount Washington Summit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway There’s always an air of slightly anxious anticipation among the crowds of people waiting to board the passenger cars of the …

Editorial: A Welcome Decline in Vermont Prison Population

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A population decline is not generally a positive development for a state, but an exception hit the news last week: The number of Vermonters incarcerated …

Column: The Right’s Own Political Correctness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something …

Column: GOP to the Rescue on Obamacare?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday predicted what would happen if Republicans won the King v. Burwell case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide any week now. The Journal said that if Obamacare subsidies disappeared in states with (mostly) Republican governors, there could be another …

Forum, May 26: Time for Change at the Co-op; Things are Fine at the Co-op; Splendid Art in Manchester

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time for Change at Co-op To the Editor: On Wednesday, the Co-op’s new board of directors will meet for the first time since the April elections. As has been widely reported, the Co-op membership elected four new members to the board. Three of the new members belong to …

Forum, May 25: Cherish Old Trees; War and Peace and Women; The Value of Free Trade

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherish Stately Old Trees To the Editor: A May 17 forum letter from Michael Quinn about the plight of Windsor’s trees, “Windsor Needs a Tree Advocate,” really struck a chord. Many towns would sooner spend tax money on frills like pretty street lamps, big flower planters, and fake-brick …

Column: Is Christianity Moribund?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Several days from now, at the invitation of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, I will head to Washington to participate in discussions about intercommunion between Episcopalians and United Methodists. Although I am new to the conversation, …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use by Hartford residents of QLLA facilities — including Quechee Green, the ski area, the polo field, the golf courses and Lake Pinneo. The …

Column: Populism Is Now Popular Across the Political Spectrum

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and issues booklets showing how well she stacks up, even against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, …

Column: What’s Wrong With Betting on Elections?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I wrote a few weeks ago about why paying people to vote is more attractive than a legal mandate as a way of increasing turnout. Recent news stories about how Hillary Clinton is the heavy betting favorite in Europe to win the presidency in 2016 raises another question: …

Steve Nelson: Putting My New Hip to the (Crash) Test

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Caveat: Don’t take this column as medical advice. Talk to your own doctor. Eighteen months ago my right hip rapidly went from dependable friend to cranky enemy. Bummer. I thought I was ageless with joints made of high-tensile steel. Wrong. As I considered hip replacement surgery, I wondered …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Glenn McCoy and Darrin Bell …

Sunday Forum: Norwich Project Needs Professional Management

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How Norwich Can Move Forward To the Editor: In response to the May 17 editorial “Divided Norwich,” the two failed bond votes this spring do indeed reveal rifts, and also confusion about the proposed project. There is widespread agreement in the community that the upgrades to police, fire …