Opinion

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Editorial: Trouble Ahead on U.S. Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you think this summer of presidential campaign politics has been wild, and the news from Wall Street a bit scary, wait until Congress gets …

Column: Planned Parenthood Deserves N.H. Support

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and …

Editorial: Randolph’s Ironman Journalist

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There is both burden and satisfaction in newspaper work: the rapid gathering of news and the endless vigilance against error — occasionally rewarded by a great story, a terrific edition. But while a ballplayer can savor a home run, a journalist is greeted by the next blank page. …

Column: Trump Has a Message Washington Should Hear

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In many ways, Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency is so preposterous that it demands to be dismissed as a joke. This would be a mistake. Trump deserves attention — though not because he’s likely to win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. Almost anything is possible …

Forum: The Big Picture on Abortion; Palestinian Outrages; Social Security’s Problem

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Big Picture on Abortion To the Editor: Nita Norman may be right — perhaps Planned Parenthood does not sell body parts and is only reimbursed for costs and handling fees (“Scurrilous Is the Word,” Aug. 12). But her focus on the nature of the transaction is an …

Editorial: Treatment Delayed in N.H.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

By now, it’s hardly news that New Hampshire has a drug problem. The toll of heroin and prescription opioid addiction has been well documented: More than 320 lives were lost in the state last year to overdoses. But while that is the most serious drug issue the state …

Column: Women Don’t Need Protecting on Abortion

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It’s been a month since the antiabortion group Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video purporting to prove that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal parts. The charge was complete nonsense, and mainstream media sources quickly debunked …

Column: Celebrating Women Separately Can Be a Trap

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When is “celebrating” women not all that good for women? Let’s face it. Something tagged exclusively for or about women is all too often a revenue-generating strategy alongside a way to deflect criticism about the lack of attention to women and an opportunity for the powers-that-be to say, …

Forum: Speak Out on Airport Proposal; Cooking Better Corn; Take the ‘Hillary Cure’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Speak Out on Airport Proposal To the Editor: Our community is being pressed to reconfigure the Lebanon Airport to accommodate larger planes. These changes are being actively pushed by: the Federal Aviation Administration; Lebanon city administrators; airport employees; supporters of corporate jets that bring a few passengers each …

Speech Rights At School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Defenders of the Confederate battle flag insist that it symbolizes heritage, not hate, but many other Americans understandably see it as an emblem of white supremacy. That’s why South Carolina legislators were right to remove the flag from the state Capitol after Dylann Roof, who was photographed holding …

Column: Julian Bond Knew the Value of Keeping the Faith

Monday, August 24, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. A young Julian is standing beside a seated Paul Robeson. The giant of a man — scholar, athlete, singer, actor and civil rights activist, who was blacklisted during …

Column: Loss Aversion Frames the Iran Deal Debate

Monday, August 24, 2015

Of all the findings in behavioral science, the most significant may be “loss aversion,” the idea that people dislike losses a lot more than they like equivalent gains. Loss aversion can create big trouble for businesses and investors. And it can badly confuse political debate — as it …