Opinion

Mary Ann Vecchio gestures and screams as she kneels by the body of a student lying face down on the campus of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970. National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four. (AP Photo/John Filo)

Column: May 4, 1970 — Four Dead in Ohio

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forty-five years ago, on May 4, 1970, at half past noon, I was watching pints of blood flow out of Jeffrey Miller’s head onto the …

Editorial: Poor-Mouthing in Hartford

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford officials are warning that the decision by voters at Town Meeting to effectively cut $220,000 from next year’s proposed $15. 7 million municipal budget …

Column: The Trade Deal Isn’t a Good Deal for Us

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The arcane details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are probably boring . . . but we don’t know since the negotiations and complex details have been …

Column: The Campaign Finance Mess

Friday, April 24, 2015

I’m embarrassed by our campaign finance system. And as a long-time participant in the system, for me to get here, it must be pretty bad. So-called “campaign finance reform laws” have created a surreal world where the official campaigns aren’t where the campaigning is being done. I can’t …

Column: When Child-Support Law Punishes Parents

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the 1980s and 1990s, the government found itself financially supporting a lot of single-parent families in which one parent was not contributing to the children’s support. Unsurprisingly, this led authorities to crack down on “deadbeat dads,” with stiff penalties for parents who didn’t pay the money they …

Forum, April 24: Co-op, Pro and Con; Good Plan for Hanover

Friday, April 24, 2015

Why Silence Co-op Official? To the Editor: In Jim Kenyon’s April 22 column, “Election Failure,” he takes the extraordinary position that in a democratic election less information can be better. He severely criticizes the second-in-command of the Hanover Co-op for sharing his views of the candidates for the …

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editorial: Sorrell Exonerates Himself

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earlier this month, we assailed Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell for bringing a “problematic and punitive” enforcement action against Dean Corren, a publicly funded candidate for lieutenant governor in last fall’s election. Sorrell alleges Corren violated the state’s campaign finance laws, and the attorney general is seeking what …

Column: Rich Grow Richer Still; That’s a Bipartisan Issue

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Expect income and wealth inequality to be a prominent theme for the candidates who declare an interest in running for president in 2016, whether they are Republicans or Democrats. The issue is important on its own merits, but also because of its connections to economics, politics, demographics, race, …

Column: Death Penalty and the Boston Marathom Bomber

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Washington How should we think about whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty? Perhaps you oppose the death penalty in all cases, on the grounds that state-sanctioned homicide is wrong, that it diminishes the moral authority of the state and its citizens. As Pope John …

Column: Greece Needs a New Government

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As Greece stumbles toward an exit from the European Monetary Union, it may still have a chance to avert calamity — on one critical condition: If snap elections were held to replace the Syriza government with one that would bring some reason to the negotiations with international creditors. …

Forum, April 23: No Hidden Agenda in Co-op Challenge; ‘Live Free,’ From France?; Leave Dead Birds Where They Are

Thursday, April 23, 2015

No Hidden Agenda Here To the Editor: I would like to respond to the statements that Tony White, the Co-op director of operations, is spreading through email to his community of vendors that sell to the Hanover Food Co-op. I believe he is spreading misinformation about three of …

Wednesday, April 22, 2015