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Opinion

Friday, October 31, 2014

Column: Fall Was My Father’s Season, and Halloween Was His Night

Friday, October 31, 2014

My father was reserved and taciturn, traits he inherited from his Edwardian mother, who wore her collars up to the chin and a perpetual look …

Editorial: Shaheen, Welch, Kuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

The U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire has outsized importance for the country this fall, as control of the Senate is in the balance. Republicans …

Column: The Cure for Our Ebola Panic Is More Panic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Listen. A lot of people have been complaining about our Ebola panic. Turn on cable news, and you find people frantically asking if you can get it from a bowling ball (nope) and whether the virus is notably, magically different now that it has touched American soil (also …

Editorial: Insuring Kids Pays Off

Monday, October 27, 2014

In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance — and in a lame-duck session. Nevertheless, lawmakers ought to heed that call. The program plugs a troubling …

Column: From Community Colleges to Elite Schools

Monday, October 27, 2014

Every year about 3 million students graduate from high school in the United States — and only about 50,000 will have the qualifications to begin their academic careers at one of the country’s top 30 private research universities. These are schools that not only teach, but also inspire …

Column: Here’s Why I Want My Son, and All Boys, to Play With Dolls

Monday, October 27, 2014

Shortly after the birth of my third child, I was walking through Washington, D.C. My wife and I were pushing our newborn in a stroller. My 2-year-old daughter was pushing her baby doll in a stroller. So was my 4-year-old son. Within a few minutes, we were verbally …

Forum, Oct. 27: Punishment Should Fit the Crime; Just Vote!; Newspaper and Stereotypes

Monday, October 27, 2014

Punishment Should Fit Crime To the Editor: The Valley News reported the conviction of Allen Prue for cold-blooded murder and torture of Melissa Jenkins (“Vermont Man Guilty Of Luring, Killing Teacher,” Oct. 23). He’ll most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. He wll have three …

Column: A Voter’s Last Wish; Lebanon’s Debbie Cooper Wanted to Cast Her Ballot, and She Did

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Voting. What is voting to you? Sacred duty? Right? Option? Privilege? Obligation? Off-year election pain in the neck on a cold day? It is, of course, all of these things to different people. But this is what it …

Editorial: Single-Payer Slowdown?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont, has pronounced single-payer health care “dead for 2017.” This is not because Milne is convinced that he will unseat Gov. Peter Shumlin, chief architect and cheerleader for a universal-access, single-payer, government-funded system; in fact, the challenger is appropriately agnostic …

Column: Separating Secret Service Fact From Fiction

Sunday, October 26, 2014

During the past five years, the U.S. Secret Service inadvertently let uninvited guests crash a state dinner, fired 10 agents for allegedly hiring prostitutes, pulled members of an elite counterassault team back from overseas duty for drinking, learned …

Column: Tomato or Eggplant? How French Intellectuals Settled the Shape of the Earth

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Two hundred and 30 years ago, Charles Marie de la Condamine returned to France with proof about the shape of the Earth after spending 10 years in Latin America. For thousands of years, human beings had roamed the …

Steve Nelson: Can We Speak of Religious Intolerance?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Islam is all the rage these days, multiple meanings intended. Perhaps most notably, Bill Maher and his Real Time show on HBO recently kicked up a major kerfuffle when Maher and celebrity atheist Sam Harris suggested that Islam is far from an innocent faith. Other guests, particularly Ben …