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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots face the Seattle eahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Column: Why Fair Play in Sports Matters So Much to So Many

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My guess is that Super Bowl Sunday is not the ideal time to mount an “it’s only a game, after all” argument. Millions of eyes …

Editorial: Mending Dartmouth

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Could this be Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon’s “Nixon Goes to China” moment? To be sure, the analogy that Hanlon had in mind in announcing …

Column: Living Free in N.H., Dying Free in Vermont

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Straddling the Connecticut River, the Upper Valley produces an odd amalgam of political philosophies. Vermonters are decidedly more progressive, seeing government as a mechanism to …

Editorial: Vermont’s State Dog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

While we don’t practice pack journalism as a rule, we can’t resist commenting on a bill to name the beagle the state dog of Vermont. Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans, has introduced S.25, which would make the beagle top dog in the Green Mountain State effective July 1. “I …

Column: New Battlegrounds in the Culture Wars

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Washington The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life. The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was …

Column: Feds May Tighten Standards for Brokers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What’s in a name? In the world of financial advice, plenty. That world is divided into two categories: brokers who work on commission and advisers who work for fees. For decades, they’ve been at war over who better serves retail investors. The Obama administration may soon come down …

Willem Lange: It’s All Quiet, Then the Weather Forecasters Sound the Alarm

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier I’m writing this by reflected sunlight through north-facing windows. The thermometer has climbed slowly up to 8 degrees above zero, and a high, thin haze has begun to dim the sun just a bit. A south wind ruffles the tops of the white pines. It’s a weather-breeder. …

Forum, Jan. 28: We Need Oil; Flatlanders from Vermont?; Require Background Checks; Too Close to Likud

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Need Oil, We Need the Pipeline To the Editor: Roger D. Masters is dead wrong (“A Pipeline to Nowhere,” Jan. 20). We need to complete the Keystone XL pipeline forthwith. Petroleum — in many, many forms — is a necessity. Besides gasoline and diesel fuel, there’s home …

Monday, January 26, 2015

Editorial: ‘Mr. Cub’ and God’s Light

Monday, January 26, 2015

Generally speaking, we don’t hold with the idea of erecting statues to people who are still living. It somehow seems a bit presumptuous, or at least premature. We make an exception, though, for Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs legend who died last Friday at age 83. The statue …

Column: The Insurance System Isn’t Healthy For All in Vermont

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 60-year-old man, who I’ll call C.C., recently walked into my family medical practice. The nurse handed me a thin chart record. His last visit was five years before for a skin infection. Written across the top in large block letters were the words, “NO INSURANCE.” C.C. and …

Column: Over 70 Years, Water Fluoridation Has Proven Its Value

Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life-threatening, but it’s painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease by 25 percent would be honored as heroes, right? …

Column: Can-Do Spirit Brings Growth to New England

Monday, January 26, 2015

The woman in the cute fake fur coat got out of her car and immediately slipped on the ice in the parking lot. “Is this it?” she yelled, laughing and grabbing the car door to keep from falling. “Do they have it? Please tell me they have it!” …