Opinion

Column: We Can Have Change Without Prosecution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seattle Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Michael Brown, according to the decision by a grand jury. It’s a …

Editorial: Gratitude Is Good for You

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving, and the expectation is that you will dish up at least a dollop of gratitude, even if it’s been a miserable year …

Column: Ferguson Case Held No Easy Path to Justice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome …

Column: Save Ovations For Great Performances

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I was commenting to my freshman class on their just completed series of presentations, a harrowing process of public speaking while being observed, taped and scored by professor and students alike. “You stepped out of your comfort zone,” I understated. “And that’s a good thing. I can guarantee …

Forum: Nov. 25: A Misstep in Canaan; Who’s Your Emperor?; Haters and the ACA

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Misstep in Canaan To the Editor: Reading the front page of Saturday’s Valley News (“Taxes Pit Canaan, Mascoma”) certainly did nothing to alleviate the dismay I felt upon opening my tax bill yesterday. The use of town resources (paper, postage, time) to disseminate misinformation, promote the opinions …

Column: They Got What They Wanted: Market Competition

Monday, November 24, 2014

As the Affordable Care Act moved into its second open enrollment period on Nov. 15, critics seized on the fact that some beneficiaries are in for unpleasant surprises. Some of those who enrolled last time will face higher …

Editorial: Put Up or Shut Up on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a guy who was finally fulfilling a promise he first made more than six years ago, President Obama didn’t seem too happy about it. Maybe that’s because he knows his plan to defer deportations for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, outlined in Thursday night’s speech, is a …

Column: Thanks for a Holiday That Honors the Older Generation

Monday, November 24, 2014

Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go,” goes the 1844 Thanksgiving poem. These days, it’s more often sung as “Grandmother’s house,” and we’re more likely to travel by jet than by sleigh. Still, it’s a familiar journey. Thanksgiving remains very much associated with …

Column: Let’s Call the Assault on Ukraine What It Is

Monday, November 24, 2014

It’s time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia’s assault on Ukraine. I mean “invasion.” The world is witnessing a Russian invasion of a neighboring country, something that hasn’t happened since the fall of the Soviet Union (except for Russia’s 2008 invasion of …

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guns and Hunting in Thetford To the Editor: I read with interest the recent articles about the Fish and Game Club of Thetford. Here is a little history of the club: My late husband, Ben Cadwell, Jim Banker, Arthur Palmer, Harry Nash, Frank Barker, George Davenport and others …

Column: Lebanon Woman Hopes Her Story Teaches Students Not to Hate

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I returned to Berlin last November as a guest of the Berlin Jewish Museum to tell German schoolchildren and teenagers about my experiences in the city during the years of Hitler’s ascension to power. I decided to return …

Editorial: Speaker O’Brien, Round Two

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“You don’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore,’’ groused the losing candidate in the 1962 California governor’s race, in what he called his “last press conference.’’ Who knew that the best, and worst, of Richard Nixon was yet to come? We were reminded of the rise and …

Column: Mathematician as Storyteller

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jonathan Touboul is a French mathematician and neuroscientist who typically publishes papers with titles like Pulsatile Localized Dynamics in Delayed Neural-Field Equations in Arbitrary Dimension and Propagation of Chaos in Neural Fields. Lately, though, Touboul has been thinking …