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Opinion

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Editorial: Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scott Milne says that the 2014 gubernatorial election in Vermont amounts to a referendum on the performance of his Democratic opponent, Gov. Peter Shumlin, who …

Column: If Religious Doctrine Is Dangerous, in What Shall We Believe?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

While discussing the problem of a patient’s denial of serious illness, a chaplain at DHMC said, “Before you take away that crutch, make sure you …

Pick One: Obama Is Too Weak, or Too Strong

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In July, when House Republicans voted to sue the president, they spoke of the urgent need to stop “tyranny” at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “Our freedom is in peril,” warned Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, the man behind the lawsuit. “We cannot stand by and …

Borderline Scare Tactics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there. It has built more than 600 miles of fencing; installed almost 12,000 underground …

Forum, Oct. 30: Meet the Candidates, and Their Supporters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Off the Sidelines, Moderates To the Editor: To my fellow moderate voters: I know that you don’t feel very strongly for partisan politics, but I urge you all to make sure to show up at this year’s congressional elections. Even though it isn’t as exciting as a …

Willem Lange: Let’s Talk Politics, or Should I Stick to Flowers and Swamps?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Montpelier The other day in the locker room, an elderly man only one year my junior advised me to limit my column topics to woods, fields and mountains, and to “stay out of politics.” It’s probably not a good idea for naked men, especially those of opposite political …

Column: The Ivy-Covered Past of the Supreme Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. Reading about a widely reported visit to Yale University by three of its alums who are Supreme Court justices, I couldn’t help but notice that only three law schools are represented at the top of what …

Editorial: Hassan for Governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is making the case that a vote for her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein, is a vote to turn back the clock to the bad old days when Bill O’Brien, the once and would-be future speaker of the House, wreaked havoc on the state’s …

Forum, Oct. 29: Lose Weight, America; Election Letters

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Americans: Eat Less, Lose Weight To the Editor: I was born and raised in the 1920s and lived through the Great Depression. There were no men with large bellies or women with large hips and butts that we see today. The solution is to “leave the food on …

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Editorial: Reject a Strong Mayor in Claremont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Managing a city and managing a major league baseball team have at least one thing in common: There is always a legion of spectators convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that they could do the job better. In baseball, this second-guessing is largely confined to talk radio. In Claremont …

Column: The Cure for Our Ebola Panic Is More Panic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Listen. A lot of people have been complaining about our Ebola panic. Turn on cable news, and you find people frantically asking if you can get it from a bowling ball (nope) and whether the virus is notably, magically different now that it has touched American soil (also …