Opinion

Column: Joe Biden, in Reserve, Waits for His Chance

Friday, March 27, 2015

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect …

Editorial: An Appropriate EPA Rule

Friday, March 27, 2015

One can understand why critics of the Obama administration are angry about the so-called mercury rule, an Environmental Protection Agency clean-air regulation that they are …

Column: Common Core and the Truth About Values

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion would seem to be a pretty fundamental piece of any education. In the bizarre world of U.S. …

Forum, March 23: Senator, It’s Obvious; Signs of Snowden; Bad Times for the Climate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator, It’s Obvious To the Editor: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., writes, “One has to wonder why this administration is so eager to prevent Americans’ elected representatives from voting on a deal that has such enormous security implications for not just our country, but also for the entire …

Column: Strafford Post Office Is Village ‘Living Room’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Post offices in small towns are often called the center of community life. In Strafford, where Terry Toy was postmaster for 13 years until her retirement this month, some called it the village “living room.” First, there was …

Editorial: GOP Budget Deficits

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When House Republicans unveiled their 10-year budget plan for a “Stronger America” last week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Georgia, proclaimed that, “A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are.” Woodall, a member of the House Budget Committee, is absolutely correct in this, but …

Column: There’s Demand for Misinformation as Well as Ample Supply

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It’s not An Inconvenient Truth — yet. But for a movie focused on climate change, Sony Pictures Classics’ Merchants of Doubt — based on the widely read book of the same name by historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik …

Column: Combat Veterans Suffer Moral Wounds as Well as Physical Ones

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even on the short overnight ops, sometimes we talked about things we knew we’d carry home. On a cold night in March 2010, Jeff brought up the kid he’d shot a month earlier, when the battle for the …

Column: Med Schools Get New Prescription for Health

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What if your doctor gave you a prescription that would help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of several forms of cancer? Even better, the side effects are all beneficial: increased energy, productivity and an elevated mood. The catch? The prescription isn’t …

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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

Sunday Forum: Special Education Costs in Piermont; Whaleback Needs Help; Ayotte’s Letter; Time to Change the Co-op Board

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Issue Was Special Education Costs To the Editor: Last week’s V alley News article about Piermont’s contentious annual school meeting made little mention of the reason the budget was voted down three times: The voters were asked to approve $269,523 for one student’s education for one year, …

Column: We Need a Dr. Spock for the Aged

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was born in what is now called Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1944. Ten blocks away, Dr. Benjamin Spock was busy writing his famous 1946 baby book in his childhood home on New Haven’s Cold Spring Street. The …

Editorial: A Computer on Your Wrist

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We realized we weren’t in the target demographic for the new Apple Watch when we printed out a couple of articles about it, on actual paper, in print large enough not to require the sharp focus of a golden eagle, reputed to be able to spot a rabbit …