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Opinion

Friday, August 28, 2015

Editorial: Bottled Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 29, 2015

There are legendary stories of old-time football coaches who denied water to players practicing in scorching heat to toughen them up. Real men don’t get …

Column: So Much to Do in the Upper Valley, So Little Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It appeared to be a mirage in the middle of West Lebanon. Earlier this summer, during a drive on Route 10 near the Wilder Dam, …

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 …

Roaring 20s Series: A Sense of Where You Are, and Why, Contemplated by Grafton’s Andrew Cushing

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Andrew Cushing loves Grafton. A lot. So much so, the 25-year-old jokes, that his dating situation in Philadelphia, where he’s halfway through graduate studies in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, has gotten to the point where …

Editorial : Jail Is No Place for the Mentally Ill

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Although his investigation is continuing, Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio told a legislative panel earlier this month that he finds the circumstances surrounding the suicide of an inmate at Southern State Correctional Facility earlier this year “troubling.” Based on what has been revealed so far about the death …

Column: Article on Amazon Workplace Culture Presented a Rorschach Test

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It was last weekend’s great litmus test. After reading Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld’s epic New York Times account of what it’s like to work at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, were you appalled or impressed? Would you never …

Column: Yoga Is Much Misunderstood

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Yoga has become more popular in the United States in recent years, with the number of people taking part in the discipline almost doubling between 2002 and 2012. Today, nearly 10 percent of Americans have tried it, and …