Opinion

Column: Rubio Stumbles and Falls in N.H. Primary

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Marco Rubio knows what he’s doing. A week ago, the youthful senator from Florida …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its …

Column: Health Officials Are Steering the Right Course on Zika Outbreak.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities. It’s possible the situation will become worse than expected, both worldwide and in the U.S., where …

Steve Nelson: The Big Lie and Education Reform

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What major event changed the course of recent history and was based entirely on a falsehood? The obvious answer is the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of lives and several trillion dollars have been squandered. All of this tragic waste was triggered by false claims of weapons of …

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Clay Bennett, Mike Marland and Darrin Bell …

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other …

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’ Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” The subhead explained the context: “Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Stumps for Clinton.” Some …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, bricks and mortar. The New York Times later wrote that, according to a source, Amazon’s plans are more modest, and analysts are also …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state’s voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians, consider their government to be …

Forum: End Planned Parenthood Inquiry; Not an Endorsement; Ignore the Fear-Mongers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several …

Column: Last Hurrah for Retail Politics in N.H.?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill? After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.” The primary is turning 100 this year, but …

More Aid For Refugees Migrants Need More Than Food

Friday, February 5, 2016

Two big international efforts to end the suffering in Syria are taking place this week. The first, in Geneva, aims to produce a political settlement and is highly unlikely to succeed, so reluctant and cynical are many of the parties involved. The other, in London, aims to raise …