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Opinion

Column: Higher Wages Would Help Small Businesses

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nine or ten dollars an hour? Twelve? Or all the way to $15? For much of the country, significant minimum wage hikes are coming — …

Editorial: Book Keepers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Three cheers for the beleaguered book, which staged a triumphant show Saturday before a large crowd eager to browse, buy, scan, trade, hold and behold …

Column: When the Urge to Hike Strikes, It’s Good to Head for the Hills

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Montpelier I spent a couple of weeks in Kansas once, on the way to the Rockies, and found the experience unsettling. Besides painting a barn …

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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

Column: When Full Disclosure Promotes Mischief

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the …

Editorial: Selfies and Self-Delusion

Saturday, April 19, 2014

As if there isn’t enough to worry about, we learned the other day that taking a “selfie” while driving might actually be legal. It might be fatal, but hey, when did the risk of death ever deter the 20- and 30-somethings most likely to engage in this bizarre …

Column: Snowden Story: Public Service or Betrayal?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington On Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency. On Wednesday, Post columnist Marc Thiessen held a counter-demonstration. Thiessen, who writes a weekly online column …

Letter: U.S. Debt Out of Control

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: The article about the U.S. deficit (“Shrinking Deficits Silence Foreign Scolds” front page , April 15), makes it sound as though our financial situation is rapidly improving: “the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years.” The latest estimate for the deficit from the …

Letter: 'SPARK' Community Center

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: On March 26, 2014, the “SPARK!” Community Center announced its plans to open a new center in the Upper Valley for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers. Co-founders, John Fenley and Lisa Green, shared their vision for creating the center—a place where the …

Letter: Thanks to Foster Parents

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: May is National Foster Care Month, and we at the Department for Children and Families Family Services Division would like to take this opportunity to thank foster and kinship parents in our community for their hard work and dedication to families across our region. The …

Letter: Hartford Should Welcome Dogs and Their Owners

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: A recent Valley News article, “Hartford Adds Rules for Public Use,” included topics, issues and concerns discussed in detail at a recent Hartford Selectboard meeting with a focus on use of public lands. In reading the article, it was clear to me that the restricted …

Letter: Emerson Wouldn’t Approve

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: To both the Lebanon School Board and the Lebanon Zoning Board: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Toy Storey Norwich …

Letter: Step in Right Direction

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: In his letter of April 16 (“Sex Assault and Civil Rights”), Thomas Curphey criticized Dartmouth College’s proposed policy for adjudicating cases of sexual assault. Mr. Curphey appeals to constitutionally guaranteed rights of those who are accused and argues that guilt need be proved “beyond a …