Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Roberts Is Wrong About Marriage Backlash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — …

Editorial: Loyalty Pays at Market Basket

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When we left off with the Market Basket saga late last summer, Arthur T. Demoulas, the deposed chief executive of the grocery store chain, was …

Column: I Learned The Limits of Dialogue During Vermont’s Gun Debate

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When I retired from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2012, I enrolled in The Dartmouth Institute’s Master’s in Public Health program. My internship this year …

Editorial: The Man Who Dreamed Up the Pink Flamingos

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Upper Valley and many other locales would be bereft of flamingos if it weren’t for Donald Featherstone. Thanks to him, the world is a more colorful place — specifically, a tropical shade of pink. Featherstone, who died …

Column: The Confederate Flag Is Lowered

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Washington After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk …

Column: Court Saves GOP From Itself

Saturday, June 27, 2015

With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law …

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Editorial: Invest in America the Beautiful

Friday, June 26, 2015

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesties? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes …

Column: HCRS Is Providing Transparency

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent coverage of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in the Valley News has created several impressions that call for clarification. In news articles and editorials the newspaper has discussed losses HCRS incurred in a failed …

Column: Reframe the Argument About Guns

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washington Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying …

Column: Some Cultures Work More, Others Value Leisure

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why do people in some countries work more hours? The most common explanations have to do with labor regulations and taxes, but anyone who travels frequently will notice that work and leisure are valued differently in different places. If this sounds like prejudice, consider the findings of two …

Forum: Don’t Make the Infamous Famous; Fracked Gas Isn’t Clean; The Folly of Policy Governance

Friday, June 26, 2015

Don’t Make the Infamous Famous To the Editor: I understand that the media have a responsibility to report news. They should not make perpetrators of horrendous crimes into celebrities. Yes, celebrities — photos on the front page of newspapers and featured online, detailed description of their lives and …

Column: South Carolina’s Racist History

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African-Americans last week at a Charleston, S.C., church Bible study has drawn the nation’s attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more …