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Opinion

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 …

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 …

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 …

Editorial: Taxing Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few facts to keep in mind about New Hampshire’s “Medicaid Enhancement Tax”: It doesn’t have much to do with Medicaid. It doesn’t enhance health care for the poor and disabled. And though long used as a mechanism to raise revenue, it doesn’t pass constitutional muster — at …

Technology Offers a Relief Valve for Teens

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you’re like most middle-class parents, you’ve probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children’s lives to your less-wired childhood, …

Column: The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier Last Sunday in church, we read, as has been our custom for several decades now, the so-called Passion of Christ: the story of the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life, from the palm-strewn entry into Jerusalem to his trials and death by crucifixion. Members of the …

Letter: Outrageous Court Decision

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: My response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision — expanding aggregate contributions of wealthy donors to political committees and candidates — was one largely of shame. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress may not ... restrict the political participation of some in order to enhance …

Sex Assault and Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under this policy. Here are some of these rights: The right to a public trial. The right to a trial by an impartial jury of one’s peers. The …

Letter: America Out of Balance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: As you report, former New Hampshire attorney general and current U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte believes General Motors’ sale of cars with faulty ignition switches was a criminal act. Surely Sen. Ayotte knows no one will go to jail for their outrageous behavior despite the loss …

Letter: Forcing Schools to Compete

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News recently featured pieces on Common Core education standards. Barbara Couch (Perspectives, March 30) is optimistic that students’ exposure to the state standards will make them better prepared for the work force. The Valley News editorial (April 2) notes that the Common Core standards …

Editorial: Not So Great Expectations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Normally we turn to Dickens to read about hardhearted adults displaying callous indifference to the plight of children. No such resort to fiction was needed last week, though, as first Lebanon school officials and then the executive board of the teachers union placed adherence to policy over the …

Column: Vets Feel Good About Wartime Experience

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more …

Letter: Baffling Nuclear Policy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: In another example of this administration’s baffling (to put it nicely) foreign policy, we learn that the United States is making sharp reductions in its nuclear deterrence four years before the date required by the New Start Treaty. The greatest reductions will be made in …