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Opinion

Column: No Reason to Get Another Dog, and Then There Was Lucy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

There are so many reasons not to get a puppy. When you are my age and retired and finally able to follow a whim and …

Editorial: Nights of Labor

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cancel that festive Labor Day cookout for the great American worker. Life for the working stiff is certainly no picnic these days. It’s no secret …

Column: Football’s School of Hard Knocks Can Teach Important Lessons

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My father wasn’t what anyone might call an over-involved parent. He was a Fifties Dad, committed to cigarettes, beer, cards, the ponies and a demanding …

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: Rewriting Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard appears poised to replace long-time Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s three-year contract with — something else. What exactly the new agreement will contain is shrouded in mystery at this point, as the Selectboard has conducted the process entirely behind closed doors. But some reasonable inferences can …

Column: Plight of Adjunct Professors Is Colleges’ Dirty Little Secret

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We are the stoop laborers of higher education: adjunct professors. As colleges and universities rev for the fall semester, the stony exploitation of the adjunct faculty continues, providing cheap labor for America’s campuses, from small community colleges to knowledge factories with 40,000 students. The median salary for adjuncts, …

Column: What You Probably Don’t Know About ALS

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unless you’ve been living with your head under a bucket, you’ve heard about or participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge — an effort to raise money for ALS research by dousing cold water on yourself and/or donating $100. The success of the viral marketing campaign will not be …

Forum, Aug. 26: Rieseberg’s Contract; A Mess in Quechee; Life on the Mascoma River

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rating Hartford’s Manager To the Editor: As the Hartford Selectboard considers the extension of Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s contract, residents need to reflect on conflicting aspects of the town management’s performance. The response to Tropical Storm Irene for example, was arguably excellent. The town, and town manager, were …

Column: Some Used Cars Are More Used Than Others

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s talk about buying used cars. The other day a 52-year-old car that was once involved in a fatal crash sold for $38,115,000 at an auction in Carmel, Calif. It was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. It …

We Need a Common Understanding on Race

Monday, August 25, 2014

African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how …

Editorial: Everyone Needs to Chill Out ... on Vacation

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just before he flew off to Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama fielded some questions about the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq. We imagine that he also had Syria (rebels besieged in Aleppo), Afghanistan (election recount debacle), Ukraine (plane shot down, …

Monday, August 25, 2014

Forum: Aug. 25: That’s William Cullen Bryant; Robin Williams, R.I.P.; West Hartford Village, R.I.P.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Real William Cullen Bryant To the Editor: The Sunday Valley News’ feature on New York’s Central Park credited “William Bryant” with its conception (“Central Park: A Green Island in Manhattan,” Aug. 17). How fleeting, fame! Only his wife called him William; to all others, he was Cullen. …