Opinion

Yes supporters celebrate as first results begin to filter through in referendum at Dublin castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Column: Winners, No Real Losers, in Irish Vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Boston Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester …

Editorial: Ugly Moment for a Beautiful Game

Friday, May 29, 2015

Soccer is a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the …

Column: Does Sanders Deserve Coverage?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the media cover candidates …

Column: GOP to the Rescue on Obamacare?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday predicted what would happen if Republicans won the King v. Burwell case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide any week now. The Journal said that if Obamacare subsidies disappeared in states with (mostly) Republican governors, there could be another …

Forum, May 26: Time for Change at the Co-op; Things are Fine at the Co-op; Splendid Art in Manchester

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time for Change at Co-op To the Editor: On Wednesday, the Co-op’s new board of directors will meet for the first time since the April elections. As has been widely reported, the Co-op membership elected four new members to the board. Three of the new members belong to …

Forum, May 25: Cherish Old Trees; War and Peace and Women; The Value of Free Trade

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherish Stately Old Trees To the Editor: A May 17 forum letter from Michael Quinn about the plight of Windsor’s trees, “Windsor Needs a Tree Advocate,” really struck a chord. Many towns would sooner spend tax money on frills like pretty street lamps, big flower planters, and fake-brick …

Column: Is Christianity Moribund?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Several days from now, at the invitation of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, I will head to Washington to participate in discussions about intercommunion between Episcopalians and United Methodists. Although I am new to the conversation, …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use by Hartford residents of QLLA facilities — including Quechee Green, the ski area, the polo field, the golf courses and Lake Pinneo. The …

Column: Populism Is Now Popular Across the Political Spectrum

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and issues booklets showing how well she stacks up, even against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, …

Column: What’s Wrong With Betting on Elections?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I wrote a few weeks ago about why paying people to vote is more attractive than a legal mandate as a way of increasing turnout. Recent news stories about how Hillary Clinton is the heavy betting favorite in Europe to win the presidency in 2016 raises another question: …

Steve Nelson: Putting My New Hip to the (Crash) Test

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Caveat: Don’t take this column as medical advice. Talk to your own doctor. Eighteen months ago my right hip rapidly went from dependable friend to cranky enemy. Bummer. I thought I was ageless with joints made of high-tensile steel. Wrong. As I considered hip replacement surgery, I wondered …

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Glenn McCoy and Darrin Bell …

Sunday Forum: Norwich Project Needs Professional Management

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How Norwich Can Move Forward To the Editor: In response to the May 17 editorial “Divided Norwich,” the two failed bond votes this spring do indeed reveal rifts, and also confusion about the proposed project. There is widespread agreement in the community that the upgrades to police, fire …