Opinion

In this June 4, 2015,  photo, University of Wisconsin of  Milwaukee associate professor Lorraine Malcoe, second from left, joins other angry educators and supporters in protest by taping their mouths shut outside a Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee. A spokesman for university professors says Gov. Scott Walker's education policy changes that eliminate tenure could embolden faculty in Wisconsin and around the country to become more organized as Walker mounts his expected run for the White House.  (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)

Randall Balmer: The War on Tenure

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Having crippled Wisconsin’s public employee unions and survived a recall effort, Scott Walker, the state’s governor and a presumptive presidential candidate, has now set his …

Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections …

Steve Nelson: Taking a Look at the ‘Man at the Corner’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I call him “the man at the corner.” He spends most days at the corner of West 80th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, just two …

Column: Fighting Big Money

Friday, July 3, 2015

For the dreamers among us, every four years come new reasons for hope: Maybe This Time, Maybe This Guy, Maybe at Last. Then comes the election, and (sometimes) the honeymoon: the new guy rolls out his plans, reaffirms his promises; there are rumblings in the direction of change. …

Column: How Paid Sick Leave Became a Movement

Friday, July 3, 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing Republicans’ latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was the government’s ability to provide subsidies to help millions of working Americans purchase …

Forum: Time to Examine Our Roots; Co-op Leadership Success; Co-op Leadership Failure

Friday, July 3, 2015

It’s Time to Examine Our Roots To the Editor: This letter is in response to the article “PBS Puts ‘Finding Your Roots’ on Hold” published in the June 25 Valley News. While I fully appreciate efforts by PBS to ensure the integrity of the Finding Your Roots research …

Column: Roberts Is Wrong About Marriage Backlash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case. Thus, Chief Justice John …

Editorial: Loyalty Pays at Market Basket

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When we left off with the Market Basket saga late last summer, Arthur T. Demoulas, the deposed chief executive of the grocery store chain, was back in charge, abetted by an extraordinary outpouring of support from loyal employees and customers. The price of obtaining control of the company …

Column: I Learned The Limits of Dialogue During Vermont’s Gun Debate

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When I retired from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2012, I enrolled in The Dartmouth Institute’s Master’s in Public Health program. My internship this year was spent working with the gun safety advocacy organization GunsenseVT. Its vision is to create a safe “gun culture” in Vermont. It was …

Column: Dear Gov. Christie: Candor Isn’t Everything

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In anticipation of his presidential kick-off announcement, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday put out a video trying to explain his personality in positive terms, as an over-abundance of candor. He tells a story about his mother who told him never to hold back, to always say …

Forum: A Newspaperman’s Pulpit; Shareholders Vs. Patients; Old News on Unhealthy Oils

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Newspaperman’s Pulpit To the Editor: Kevin O’Connor’s otherwise touching remembrance of newspaperman Norman Runnion (June 29) gives short shrift to his decade of witness as an Episcopal priest and rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Fairlee. Norm fought the good fight on all fronts, and was …

Column: In Defense of Gov. Hassan’s Veto

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let’s talk about three governors: our Gov. Maggie Hassan, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former one-term New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson. First, Gov. Hassan. I am proud that Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget written by the Republicans. The …

Editorial: Party On, Lebanon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You can’t please all the people all the time, the saying goes. While we have found that to be true, we offer a corollary: You can nearly accomplish it with fireworks. The City of Lebanon is providing proof of that this year as it brings back the traditional …