Opinion

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Editorial: Rethinking Police Use of Deadly Force

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eighteen months after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a top police research organization has issued 30 guiding principles on the use …

Column: Kids Bear the Brunt of GOP Debates

Friday, February 12, 2016

We try so hard to protect our children from danger, but that’s not always possible. This sad truth hit home Saturday night when my 6-year-old …

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; …

Monday, February 8, 2016

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday conversation? “Let’s treat one another according to Judeo-Christian values.” Or, “C’mon, kids, don’t …

Editorial: At Stake for Democrats

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton race reflects a fundamental tension between idealism and realism that has played itself out over generations in Democratic Party politics. Occasionally, this tension has been happily resolved in a single figure who has proven fluent in both the poetry of campaigning and the prose …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and …

Column: Health Officials Are Steering the Right Course on Zika Outbreak.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities. It’s possible the situation will become worse than expected, both worldwide and in the U.S., where …

Steve Nelson: The Big Lie and Education Reform

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What major event changed the course of recent history and was based entirely on a falsehood? The obvious answer is the Iraq war. Hundreds of thousands of lives and several trillion dollars have been squandered. All of this tragic waste was triggered by false claims of weapons of …

Sunday, February 7, 2016

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

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other …

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’ Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” The subhead explained the context: “Feminist Leader Gloria Steinem Stumps for Clinton.” Some …