Opinion

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not …

Making a Deal With Cuba: Who Will Win?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington The U.S. embargo on Cuba — or what’s left of it after President Obama’s dramatic Cuba policy announcement — may be a futile gesture. …

A Torture Story: No Justice for My Client

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An entire section of the Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of the CIA torture report focuses on the sadistic abuse of one of my clients. The excerpt contains detailed descriptions of the specific methods of torture my client was subjected to while in CIA custody. Redha Najar, a …

You Code, Girl: Computer Language Is Good for Both Sexes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The tween girls in this Reston, Va., classroom — with their braces and sparkly sweatshirts and the bangs hanging over their eyes — don’t really know anything about the staggering amount of sexism in the tech world. They’re not turned off by computer science because of the ugly …

Forum, Dec. 16: Misleading Cost Figures in Norwich; Renew the Cooperative Spirit; Preserve Mount Sunapee Trail

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cost Figures Can Mislead To the Editor: I read with dismay the comparative square-foot construction cost figures for the proposed public safety facility in Norwich. This was produced by Selectboard member Steven Flanders in the Dec.10 Selectboard packet. In particular, I question the figures referenced to the construction …

The ‘Cromnibus’ Passes, for Better or Worse

Monday, December 15, 2014

Washington The so-called “Cromnibus” is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I’m glad — no, make that relieved — it passed. The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government functioning — …

The Power of Narrative to Lead Us Astray

Monday, December 15, 2014

A fascinating side event to the furor over the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the treatment of post-9/11 detainees has been the debate over the majority staff’s bizarre decision not to interview the Central Intelligence Agency …

Editorial: Hollywood Gets Hacked

Monday, December 15, 2014

To get a taste for the havoc possible in today’s digital world, consider the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Intruders calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” claim to have broken into Sony’s networks and stolen around 100 terabytes — that’s 100,000 gigabytes — of financial information, budgets, payroll …

Last Call for British Pubs?

Monday, December 15, 2014

The British pub is slowly dying, with more than 30 closing every week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, a lobby group for pub owners and customers. The government needs to give publicans a helping hand before the heart gets ripped out of more communities. Cozier than …

Column: When Bad Things Happen at Frat Houses

Sunday, December 14, 2014

When Dartmouth’s student daily called for abolishing fraternities in an October front-page editorial, I remembered an essay I published more than 20 years ago in Antioch Review. Teaching since 1966 at Denison University, where fraternities controlled the campus …

Editorial: Scraping By In Winter

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creeping home along Interstate 89 during Tuesday night’s storm, when the only thing whiter than the pavement was our knuckles, we found ourselves — not for the first time — a victim of unrealistic expectations: Despite the thickly descending snow and near zero visibility, we were disappointed that …

Column: Are Social Services Driving School Costs?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are we spending more and more money to educate fewer and fewer kids? A recent two-day education summit …