Opinion

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin listens during an editorial board meeting at the Valley News yesterday. 	

Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Shumlin: Why I Put Single-Payer Aside

Friday, December 19, 2014

Earlier this week, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my public life when I announced that I cannot support a move to …

Editorial: Cuba, Si — Isolation, No

Friday, December 19, 2014

A 45-minute phone call — the first between presidents of Cuba and the United States in more than 50 years — sealed an agreement that …

Transparency About Medical Costs Is Key to Controlling Them

Friday, December 19, 2014

U.S. health care spending has never grown as slowly as it did last year. Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office when the U.S. …

Editorial: Hollywood Gets Hacked

Monday, December 15, 2014

To get a taste for the havoc possible in today’s digital world, consider the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Intruders calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” claim to have broken into Sony’s networks and stolen around 100 terabytes — that’s 100,000 gigabytes — of financial information, budgets, payroll …

Last Call for British Pubs?

Monday, December 15, 2014

The British pub is slowly dying, with more than 30 closing every week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, a lobby group for pub owners and customers. The government needs to give publicans a helping hand before the heart gets ripped out of more communities. Cozier than …

Column: When Bad Things Happen at Frat Houses

Sunday, December 14, 2014

When Dartmouth’s student daily called for abolishing fraternities in an October front-page editorial, I remembered an essay I published more than 20 years ago in Antioch Review. Teaching since 1966 at Denison University, where fraternities controlled the campus …

Editorial: Scraping By In Winter

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creeping home along Interstate 89 during Tuesday night’s storm, when the only thing whiter than the pavement was our knuckles, we found ourselves — not for the first time — a victim of unrealistic expectations: Despite the thickly descending snow and near zero visibility, we were disappointed that …

Column: Are Social Services Driving School Costs?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are we spending more and more money to educate fewer and fewer kids? A recent two-day education summit …

Column: The Conservative Case for Police Reform

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York If a neoconservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, as Irving Kristol once put it, what do you call a conservative faced with video footage of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a …

Column: Creationism Is More Nuanced Than You Think

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington In a dozen polls taken from 1982 to 2014, Gallup has asked Americans to choose among three views of evolution. One view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but …

Sunday Forum: A Changed View of Co-op Management; Precious Citizenship; Investing in the World’s Young People

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What a Difference Six Months Makes To the Editor: Hooray for Nancy Parker (“Stop Badmouthing the Co-op,” Forum, Dec. 9) for articulating so well my own thoughts last June in my letter to the Valley News. Like me, she urged Jim Kenyon to stop harassing the Hanover Co-op …

The CIA Report and the National Image

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our belief in the national image is astonishingly resilient. Over more than two centuries, our conviction that we are a benign people, with only the best of intentions, has absorbed the blows of darker truths and returned unassailable. …

Editorial: Encouraging The Vote

Friday, December 12, 2014

Given that it’s the world’s oldest living democracy, it’s odd that the United States puts so many obstacles between its citizens and the voting booth. It’s not perhaps odd, but it is depressing how many Republican-led states over the past several years have added to those obstacles. So …