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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Editorial: Deep-Pockets Parks in Hartford?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard is moving ahead with a plan to efface the ugly scar left across the north face of the Quechee Covered Bridge by …

Column: Anti-Gay Facebook Post Costs Editor His Job

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In February, the editor of a small daily newspaper in Iowa called the Newton Daily News posted on his personal Facebook page, “Russia gets a …

Column: Economic Realities Push Truckers Beyond the Limits

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers. The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of …

Column: How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define …

Sunday Forum: Moving the Co-op Forward; Hartford’s Exemplary Water Project

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Three Ways Forward for the Co-op To the Editor: As a long-time supporter and former board member of the Co-op, I have three recommendations about the use of power in response to the controversial and painful firings of two Co-op employees. To the board: Rewrite your employee policies …

Column: When America Shot Down a Passenger Jet

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane — Iran Air Flight …

Forum, July 26: War and Peace in Palestine; Long Live the Co-op; McCoy’s Ugly Slander

Monday, July 28, 2014

War and Peace in Palestine To the Editor: A recent writer to the Forum, Dan Leggett (“Killing To What End?,” July 23), complains of the ruthless bombing of children in Gaza. While he’s in the safety of his home, millions of Israeli children live their daily lives running …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least …

Column: A Disengaged President Fails to Grasp This Moment in History

Monday, July 28, 2014

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death …

Editorial: Dueling Verdicts on Obamacare

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing contradictory language. Blame …