Opinion

Gerard Rosa, the Snail Pope, presides over the annual dinner hosted by the Brotherhood of the Burgundy Snail, one of the many food clubs devoted to local products in the region. (Mark Lilienthal photos)

Column: Pride of Place, Pride of Plate, in Vermont and France

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Like many who hail from the Green Mountain State, I enjoy sharing local food with family, friends and strangers. Whether cutting thick slices of Shelburne …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the …

Column: Libertarian Roots and Ideals of the Internet Have Come to Naught

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and easy access to …

Column: Working Class Behaving Badly? Actually, It’s Just the Opposite

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent column on the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug use. According to Brooks, the problem isn’t just economics, but a result of moral relativism: “The health of …

Forum, March 27: Big Tent, Big Troubles; Good Co-op Candidates; Many Books for Many Families

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Troubles in the Big Tent To the Editor: The opinion column by Dana Milbank published in the Valley News March 12 got me thinking more about what leadership in the Republican Party means today, as well as exactly how the “Big Tent” concept has worked out. So …

Column: But Who Will Plow N.H.’s Roads?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee voted on Monday to decimate the state’s Department of Transportation. Just as the state had begun to rebuild the agency and restore funding to its ailing bridge and highway programs, the Legislature is …

Editorial: Secretive Police, and Their Political Enablers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last December, President Obama proposed spending millions of dollars to equip 50,000 police officers across the nation with body cameras as part of an effort to address a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.” The idea is that when …

Column: Ted Cruz Has a Better Shot Than You Think

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A rule for Republicans, credited to the iconic William F. Buckley, suggests voting for the most conservative candidate who can win. This sounds reasonable at first. What good is there in expending time, energy and money behind a principled conservative if the candidate is doomed to fail? As …

Thursday Forum

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socialism-Capitalism Balance To the Editor: As a reply to Andrew Van Abs’ March 20 letter to the editor, “Bastions of Rampant Socialism,” I would ask why his example does not include the cost to taxpayers when the laissez-fare capitalism of big banks runs amok. We are besieged by …

Column: Can Cruz Stand Out in a Right-Wing Field?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I can’t pretend to be neutral about Ted Cruz, who formally announced Monday that he’s running for president. Fortunately, Tailgunner Ted’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are extremely slim at best. Opposition from Republicans who care about …

Editorial: Sunapee’s Victory in a Graceful Defeat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The sports world doesn’t often offer the escape from real-world chicanery that it once did, but there was an exceptionally honest moment in Sullivan County last week. Last Tuesday, members of the Sunapee High School spirit squad — what used to be called a cheerleading team — traveled …

Willem Lange: N.H. Legislators Welcomes Fourth-Graders, Eviscerates Their Idea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier Information flows through this office in a steady stream if I but open the portal to the Internet. “Shocking truth” from obscure and highly suspect sources; televised interviews with public figures; warm, fuzzy video clips of dogs and cats and wrestling pandas; hateful, profane screeds against the …

Column: Madonna Finds That Time Isn’t on Her Side

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, Living For Love, from its …