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Column: Frustration in Ferguson has Economic Roots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. …

Editorial: Fight Money With Money — Rubens Bucks a Political Trend

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Embrace the irony,’’says the Mayday super PAC, which is battling the influence of big money in elections with — here comes the irony — big …

Willem Lange: Paddling Down the River With Good Company for a Good Cause

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just about 30 hours ago I turned into the narrow entrance lane to the refurbished and improved boat launch site in Orford. There were people …

Editorial: Containing Ebola: Gloves and Masks Are Needed, Not Drugs

Monday, August 18, 2014

The question of how to fairly distribute scarce doses of experimental Ebola treatments is capturing the world’s attention. Yet the fate of the epidemic doesn’t rest on getting these expensive and unproven drugs to the afflicted African countries. What medical teams there need most are protective masks, goggles, …

Forum, Aug. 18: Lessons From a Tragedy; We Back Briglin; Keep Watch at Lebanon High

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lessons From a Tragedy To the Editor: The Unity crash involving four teenagers and the loss of three young lives was a topic of discussion in my driver education class. It is the worst of nightmares when someone pays the ultimate price for their actions. My sincere sympathies …

Column: What Wilderness Can Teach Us

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In a society preoccupied with electronic devices, it came as a ray of natural sunlight to read in the Valley News in spring about Vermont families escorting frogs, toads, newts and salamanders across busy roads to the vernal …

Editorial: A Test That’s Failing in Vermont: No Child Left Behind

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe isn’t the first to complain about No Child Left Behind, and she won’t be the last. But she may be among the most articulate critics of the school accountability law. In an Aug. 6 letter to parents, she explains clearly and compellingly why …

Column: Is Amazon Friend or Foe to Authors?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Seattle Times recently invited children’s book author Nina Laden and writer Frank Schaeffer to debate the fractious contract negotiations between online retailer Amazon.com and book publisher Hachette. Laden argues Amazon is a marketing behemoth with far-reaching tendrils …

Column: In Hinckley’s Case, What’s Done Is Done

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The government would have to overcome major legal hurdles to charge John Hinckley Jr. in the murder of James Brady some 30 years after the fact. But if that were the morally right thing to do, it would …

Steve Nelson: Let Me Rant About the Trouble With Men

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A lot of grim news this week. Every week, it seems. Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo,, a suburb of St. Louis. He was confronted by the police while walking in the street with a friend. Moments later he was dead on the …

Sunday Forum: Chain-Link Blues in Quechee; Corporate Personhood Isn’t New; Erosion of Local Control in Vermont Schools; Contraceptive Coverage in New Hampshire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

At Least Replace the Fence To the Editor: While we wait to make a decision whether to go ahead with pocket parks at the entrance to the Quechee bridge, may I suggest replacing the hideous chain-link fence with a continuation of the metal fence that was installed on …

Editorial: Changing Managers in Vermont State Government

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little more than a week after the Shumlin administration gave the boot to the main developer of the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website, the other shoe dropped — on Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Exactly why Racine was dismissed Monday was not specified …

Column: Roll Back the Militarization of the Police

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The most striking photographs from Ferguson, Mo., weren’t of Saturday’s demonstrations or Sunday night’s riots; they were of the police. Image after image shows officers clad in Kevlar vests, helmets and camouflage, armed with pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles …