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Opinion

Column: American Dream Isn’t Dead Yet

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently. “Today, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans believe that our kids will have a …

Column: Walk in Lebanon for Campaign Finance Reform

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers with a hacky sack were passing the time …

Editorial: Military, Police, Weapons

Friday, May 22, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some …

Column: Train Travel is Safe ­— Very Safe

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With the loss of eight lives, last week’s train crash in Philadelphia is of course a national tragedy. It’s crucial to understand why the accident occurred and to take steps to make such tragedies less likely in the …

Editorial: Look for the GMO Label

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vermont officials appear optimistic that the state’s new GMO-labeling law, the first of its kind in the nation, will withstand a pending legal challenge from the food industry. Indeed, there are grounds for such optimism. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss denied a preliminary injunction sought …

Column: Is the American Public Warming To Redistribution of Wealth?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The erosion of the U.S. middle class is changing how Americans see themselves. It might also be changing the way they view government redistribution of wealth. The stagnation of earnings for most American households has been well established. From 1979 to 2007, real after-tax income grew 37 percent …

Column: Crash Stirs Fear of Loss for one Survivor

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

N ew York When I was 20, the man I was dating died. We were traveling together thousands of miles from home in a remote part of Southeast Asia, and one morning, he didn’t wake up. His breathing …

Forum, May 19: More Hanover Ballots Next Time; Safety on Sidewalks; Diagnosis: Insensitive

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Ballots Next Time To the Editor: The frugality of the finance director undermined the town clerk’s smooth execution of the Hanover Town Meeting last week. The awkward thing: I currently hold both positions. To save a modest amount of money, I ordered machine-readable ballots based on voter …

Column: No Such Thing as a Shovel-Ready Project

Monday, May 18, 2015

The deadly Amtrak derailment last Tuesday is just another symptom of Congress’ refusal to address the United States’ decrepit infrastructure. Amtrak is notoriously underfunded, with a huge capital expenditure backlog. While the cause of the crash is not …

Column: Sanders, in the Grand Democratic Socialist Tradition

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948. It’s about time. Historically, the role …

Editorial: Saving for Retirement

Monday, May 18, 2015

America’s middle-class workers have plenty to worry about — but for many, the biggest anxiety is what happens when they are workers no longer. Many will reach retirement only to find they have saved too little to live comfortably. Some will choose to postpone their retirement; others may …

Forum, May 18: Corporate Power; It’s a Woman’s World; ‘Guys and Dolls’

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corporations Are Too Powerful To the Editor: What have we created? Imagine an entity that can only exist in one’s mind (a corporation). It lives indefinitely. It amasses great wealth and power. It’s granted the rights of a human being, yet it cannot feel the pain or wisdom …

Column: A Norwich Expat Is Moved by French WWII Commemoration

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I’ve always been prone to crying. The Star Spangled Banner got me when I was a high school hockey player on the ice at Campion Arena before a game. My eyes have leaked during the Norwich Memorial Day …