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Monday, January 26, 2015

Editorial: ‘Mr. Cub’ and God’s Light

Monday, January 26, 2015

Generally speaking, we don’t hold with the idea of erecting statues to people who are still living. It somehow seems a bit presumptuous, or at …

Column: The Insurance System Isn’t Healthy For All in Vermont

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 60-year-old man, who I’ll call C.C., recently walked into my family medical practice. The nurse handed me a thin chart record. His last visit …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a …

Column: Creativity Happens When Thetford Students Aim to Help Schoolmate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I had seen this classroom before — lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in the corner — but today when I approached and …

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s and ’80s, almost as notorious is civil asset forfeiture, a practice that was greatly expanded during that time. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement …

Column: Fear in Our Times, and Overcoming It

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Terror began to influence American politics well before Sept. 11, 2001, but the day’s events surely intensified the role fear plays in our nation’s public life. My own response that day was a mixture of denial and unfocused fear. In the weeks and months that followed, I resisted …

Column: Scandinavia Is Great — Just Not That Great

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“What’s there not to love?” actor Will Ferrell enthuses in the second episode of NBC’s expat-comedy Welcome to Sweden. “Picking blueberries, outhouses, a year off if you have a baby — even if you don’t have a baby, …

Column: Children of Secular Parents Turn Out Just Fine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in …

Sunday Forum: Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response to Cancer; Battling Climate Change on the Home Front

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response To the Editor: How fortunate for Cassandra C. that the Connecticut Supreme Court has seen fit to save her from suicide by treatment refusal. Here is what Cassandra’s opinion piece last Sunday (“A 17-Year-Old Asks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?”) doesn’t tell you: This …

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Editorial: Deflated Expectations for the Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Judging by the intensity of the discussion, we might have expected to hear by now that the New England Patriots were complicit in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but no, America — or a goodly portion of it — has been obsessing this week about the proper care …

City of Paris Might Have a Defamation Case Against Fox News

Monday, January 26, 2015

American commentators were quick to dismiss Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s threat to sue Fox News over its false and mistaken claims that certain areas of the city were “no-go zones” for non-Muslims. It’s true that Fox News doesn’t broadcast in France, and also true that in the U.S. …