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Column: Higher Wages Would Help Small Businesses

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nine or ten dollars an hour? Twelve? Or all the way to $15? For much of the country, significant minimum wage hikes are coming — …

Editorial: Book Keepers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Three cheers for the beleaguered book, which staged a triumphant show Saturday before a large crowd eager to browse, buy, scan, trade, hold and behold …

Column: When the Urge to Hike Strikes, It’s Good to Head for the Hills

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Montpelier I spent a couple of weeks in Kansas once, on the way to the Rockies, and found the experience unsettling. Besides painting a barn …

Column: There’s Good News, but Team Obama Has Trouble Conveying It

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Washington Here’s a bit of good news for nervous Democrats: President Barack Obama’s health-care law isn’t going to be the albatross many feared it would be in this year’s congressional elections. Enrollment has soared, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will cost less than initially …

Editorial: Making Connections

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Remember the good-old 1990s, when you could make a pot of coffee while waiting for the screeching dial-up modem to connect to the Internet at a leisurely 9.6 kilobits per second? Two decades later, the average U.S. household connection is 1,000 times speedier, at 9.8 megabits per second. …

Column: Ambitious Presidents Often Labor Under Legislative Curse

Monday, April 21, 2014

Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Yet almost every time elected officials have tried bold problem-solving in the past …

Letter: Time to Compete for Norwich Grants

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: The Norwich Women’s Club has just completed its successful spring community projects fundraiser. The money raised from the Spring Gala, together with donations from our members and the community at large, are returned to the Norwich community through grants. This year, Norwich organizations seeking funds …

Letter: Shame on Lebanon School Board

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News April 10 had two front-page stories about schools. One was about a student who had stabbed more than 20 fellow classmates in a Pittsburgh-area school. We are left wondering why these things happen and how they can be prevented from happening again. …

Letter: Opera, Thanks to Catamount Arts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: This year in St. Johnsbury, I have had the opportunity to attend most of the season’s MetOpera HD series (now showing in 66 countries). Catamount Arts has two intimate theaters for displaying in opulent high-definition color and superb sound the best of what the Metropolitan …

Column: Danger Lurks in Garment Factories of Dhaka

Monday, April 21, 2014

When I met Rajina Aktar in February of last year, her eyes were still red and her memory still fuzzy from the toxic smoke that had knocked her unconscious three weeks earlier. The 15-year-old had been sewing pockets onto winter jackets when a fire broke out at Smart …

Column: Boston Marathon Bombing Still Shrouded in Misinformation

Saturday, April 12, 2014

As the Boston Marathon approaches this week, its host city is marking one year since Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly planted two bombs at the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds more. As the nation commemorates the …

Editorial: Borrowing Trouble

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Which is more appalling: That town and school officials in Hartford asked voters to approve a package of capital projects so poorly vetted that the cost estimates were wildly off base; or that they relied on a fundamentally flawed process to do so? We’re going with the process, …

Column: Rising Tide of Income Inequality Is Politically Unsustainable

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York Inequality has come out of the fiscal shadows. U.S. President Barack Obama, a scrupulous consensus-builder who long avoided all zero-sum formulations, is now rallying citizens to stand with him against “the relentless, decades-long trend” of income …