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Opinion

Column: Dartmouth Professor to Obama: Take The Lead

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Every great president since George Washington has also been a great partisan. President Obama, however, has been reluctant to present himself as a partisan, much …

Editorial: Claremont Council Says Trust Us

Saturday, November 29, 2014

When the Claremont City Council voted unanimously in July to hire an outside investigator to look into the circumstances surrounding the removal by city employees …

Column: Yes, Upper Valley, AIDS Is Still With Us, and Testing Is Essential

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This coming Monday is World AIDS Day. Each Dec. 1 for the past 28 years, World AIDS Day has been an opportunity for those infected …

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Upper Valley Came Through To the Editor: In 2012, the Carter Community Building Association Board of Trustees launched a three-year youth scholarship fund drive to assist needy youngsters — for many years to come — to learn to swim, play basketball, enjoy summer camp and exercise. We …

Column: Obama Is Doomed to Repeat Recent History

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush. In a cruel echo of history, Obama is morphing into the president whose …

Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, School Finance Director Jim Vezina suggested to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling last week, could lead voters to revolt against rising property taxes. Maybe. …

Column: We Give Thanks, but Do We Share Our Blessings With Others?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier I was scheduled recently to do some after-dinner storytelling at a trade meeting, and just before supper was idly browsing the vendors’ tables set up on one side of the room. One of the vendors, a long-bearded fellow who owns an RV campground somewhere, discovered I was …

Column: The Cosby Myth Is Dead, So Stop Cheering

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two standing ovations. That’s what Bill Cosby, in a “Hello Friend” sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his “Bill Cosby 77” tour at a Melbourne, Florida, …

Forum, Nov. 26: The Comeback Republicans; Poor Investment in Windsor; The Right Smoke Alarm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Comeback Republicans To the Editor: We Republicans can only laugh at the crescendo of sour grapes unloaded on the public in your editorial Nov. 16 about the national election. Guys! We won, you lost big time. Better that you set forth some of our ideas about fiscal …

Column: GOP Vs. Obama: Now the Division Is Clear

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place …

Aging Gracefully?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Participants at the Tri-State Roundtable on Aging, held last week in Portsmouth, did not beat around the old bush. Rapidly aging populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, conferees noted, present a formidable challenge for local and state governments. The trend will have significant implications for health care, …

Column: A Billionaire Gives to Harvard: Yes, It’s Worthy of Charity

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now that he’s retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has time for popular billionaire pastimes. First, he bought a basketball team for $2 billion. Now he’s gotten into big-bucks philanthropy. Ballmer and his wife, Connie, are giving $50 million in unrestricted funds to bolster the …

Column: Save Ovations For Great Performances

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I was commenting to my freshman class on their just completed series of presentations, a harrowing process of public speaking while being observed, taped and scored by professor and students alike. “You stepped out of your comfort zone,” I understated. “And that’s a good thing. I can guarantee …