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Opinion

Column: Let’s Talk About Death — Specificially Yours

Sunday, February 14, 2016

In his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, the poet and philosopher Rainer Maria Rilke had his protagonist expound on an old wisdom, …

Editorial: One Bright Spot on Gun Regulation

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our nomination for least surprising news story of the past week appeared in Monday’s New York Times under the headline “Crackdown Plan for Gun Sellers …

Column: What Good Are Health Insurers, Anyway?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

When I was a university student in Canada, I heard an economics professor explain the difference between U.S. and Canadian health care in a way …

Column: Tech Industry Must Confront Wealth Inequality

Friday, February 12, 2016

There are very few issues that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton all agree on. One of them is the growing problem of inequality in income and wealth. From the extreme left to the extreme right, everyone is angry about the 1 percent who have …

Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not …

Column: Rubio Stumbles and Falls in N.H. Primary

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Marco Rubio knows what he’s doing. A week ago, the youthful senator from Florida was in great shape. His surprisingly strong finish in the Iowa caucuses left …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly volatile presidential campaign. Still, the results of the New Hampshire primary may have clarified some of the issues and problems faced by the …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive …

Column: Steinem and Albright Are Wrong About Young Women

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I have spent most of my adult life feeling grateful to Gloria Steinem, whose clear-headedness and apt prose helped turn me into the feminist I am today. She has devoted her life to making the world a better place for women, and has, in many spectacular ways, succeeded. …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain …

Column: Be an NFL Fan, but Be a Critical One

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Like Peyton Manning, everyone at the Super Bowl party I attended Sunday night drank a lot of celebratory beer. My San Antonio neighborhood happens to have a bunch of Denver Broncos fans, and as the game wound to …

Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of those is affordable, nutritious food, and those who lack “food security’’ can’t afford to wait for the political scene to change. They need …

Column: Restore the Draft for a Better America

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The commandant of the Marines and the Army’s chief of staff testified before a congressional committee last week that they would like to see women register for the draft. That follows the December order from the secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, that all front-line combat units must be …