Cloudy
70°
Cloudy
Hi 75° | Lo 51°

Opinion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who …

Willem Lange: Way Up North in New Hampshire, Where Nature Has Surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Hampshire, 44º50’N We’re located almost halfway from the Equator to the North Pole here, but the land leans more toward the north than the …

Editorial: A Conservative Approach on Poverty

Monday, July 28, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy. As is often the case with Ryan’s proposals, this one, launched under the heading “Expanding Opportunity in America,” is ambitious, thoughtful and not entirely persuasive. Ryan’s best idea is a substantial expansion …

Column Ranchers Help Save Rainforest

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia’s public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like …

Steve Taylor: 11 Myths About Northeast Farms

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Myths abound about the state of agriculture in the Upper Valley, New England and the Northeast, myths that infest the media, academia, politics and the public mind and often reach all the way to the highest levels of …

Editorial: Sanctuary for Immigrants in Vermont

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Washington Post blogger wondered recently whether Vermont might be the solution to the crisis resulting from the wave of undocumented and unaccompanied children flowing over the Mexican border from Central America. Why? Because the state’s two U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, have been leading advocates …

Column: I Have Seen the Future and It Is Jobless

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, chairman of the …

Column: Economic Realities Push Truckers Beyond the Limits

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers. The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of …

Column: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define …

Sunday Forum: Moving the Co-op Forward; Hartford’s Exemplary Water Project

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Three Ways Forward for the Co-op To the Editor: As a long-time supporter and former board member of the Co-op, I have three recommendations about the use of power in response to the controversial and painful firings of two Co-op employees. To the board: Rewrite your employee policies …

Column: When America Shot Down a Passenger Jet

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane — Iran Air Flight …

Forum, July 26: War and Peace in Palestine; Long Live the Co-op; McCoy’s Ugly Slander

Monday, July 28, 2014

War and Peace in Palestine To the Editor: A recent writer to the Forum, Dan Leggett (“Killing To What End?,” July 23), complains of the ruthless bombing of children in Gaza. While he’s in the safety of his home, millions of Israeli children live their daily lives running …