Opinion

Column: Food Deserts, Food Jungles

Sunday, December 21, 2014

If I need a gallon of milk, I can travel three miles to my town general store. If I need a spaghetti squash, I can …

Editorial: The O’Brien Rebellion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t bother buying New Hampshire Democrats a Christmas present this year. The one they received in 2010 in the form of Bill O’Brien is the …

Column: Merry Christmas, Really, From an Atheist

Sunday, December 21, 2014

On one of my infrequent visits to Facebook, where I silently observe the interests and opinions of extended family members, I’ve noticed a small but …

Rise in CO2 Has an Upside, Industry Claims

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Washington For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to …

As Oil Prices Fall, Russia Loses Its Might

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia’s economy imploded. Russia’s central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is …

Forum, Dec. 17: Dark Side of a Revels Song; the National Conscience; Why Not Display the Flag in West Lebanon?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dark Side of a Revels Song To the Editor: The Valley News, together with Dartmouth College and various community groups, have been marking the 40th anniversary of the Christmas Revels. It is hailed as great family fun in almost daily notices. Unfortunately, it is a profoundly painful experience …

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never …

Compromise Isn’t Pretty, but It’s Effective

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again. What was not to like? Plenty. Tea Party conservatives hated the bill because it didn’t …

A Torture Story: No Justice for My Client

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An entire section of the Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of the CIA torture report focuses on the sadistic abuse of one of my clients. The excerpt contains detailed descriptions of the specific methods of torture my client was subjected to while in CIA custody. Redha Najar, a …

You Code, Girl: Computer Language Is Good for Both Sexes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The tween girls in this Reston, Va., classroom — with their braces and sparkly sweatshirts and the bangs hanging over their eyes — don’t really know anything about the staggering amount of sexism in the tech world. They’re not turned off by computer science because of the ugly …

Forum, Dec. 16: Misleading Cost Figures in Norwich; Renew the Cooperative Spirit; Preserve Mount Sunapee Trail

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cost Figures Can Mislead To the Editor: I read with dismay the comparative square-foot construction cost figures for the proposed public safety facility in Norwich. This was produced by Selectboard member Steven Flanders in the Dec.10 Selectboard packet. In particular, I question the figures referenced to the construction …

The ‘Cromnibus’ Passes, for Better or Worse

Monday, December 15, 2014

Washington The so-called “Cromnibus” is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I’m glad — no, make that relieved — it passed. The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government functioning — …