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Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Editorial: Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, April 18, 2014

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, head of the U.S. Agency …

Column: When I Got Too in Touch With Local Food

Friday, April 18, 2014

The chickens are out of feed. Before they can make a dash through the coop’s open door, I hoist the round metal feeder from its …

Column: Around the World, Girls Suffer Sexual Abuse From Teachers

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo A dust-diffused brightness illuminated female speakers dressed in patterns of orange and green, yellow and blue as they addressed …

Column: Vermont Single-Payer: Show Me the Money

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in Britain or Canada. One government-operated system would cover all 620,000 of …

The ‘Marriage Penalty’ Victimizes the Poor

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s …

Editorial: Taxing Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few facts to keep in mind about New Hampshire’s “Medicaid Enhancement Tax”: It doesn’t have much to do with Medicaid. It doesn’t enhance health care for the poor and disabled. And though long used as a mechanism to raise revenue, it doesn’t pass constitutional muster — at …

Technology Offers a Relief Valve for Teens

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you’re like most middle-class parents, you’ve probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children’s lives to your less-wired childhood, …

Column: The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier Last Sunday in church, we read, as has been our custom for several decades now, the so-called Passion of Christ: the story of the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life, from the palm-strewn entry into Jerusalem to his trials and death by crucifixion. Members of the …

Letter: Outrageous Court Decision

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: My response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision — expanding aggregate contributions of wealthy donors to political committees and candidates — was one largely of shame. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress may not ... restrict the political participation of some in order to enhance …

Sex Assault and Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under this policy. Here are some of these rights: The right to a public trial. The right to a trial by an impartial jury of one’s peers. The …

Letter: America Out of Balance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: As you report, former New Hampshire attorney general and current U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte believes General Motors’ sale of cars with faulty ignition switches was a criminal act. Surely Sen. Ayotte knows no one will go to jail for their outrageous behavior despite the loss …

Letter: Forcing Schools to Compete

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News recently featured pieces on Common Core education standards. Barbara Couch (Perspectives, March 30) is optimistic that students’ exposure to the state standards will make them better prepared for the work force. The Valley News editorial (April 2) notes that the Common Core standards …

Editorial: Not So Great Expectations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Normally we turn to Dickens to read about hardhearted adults displaying callous indifference to the plight of children. No such resort to fiction was needed last week, though, as first Lebanon school officials and then the executive board of the teachers union placed adherence to policy over the …