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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2005 file photo provided by CBS, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appears on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. The Sunday morning public affairs show "Face the Nation" celebrates 60 years of broadcasts this week, making it the second longest-running television program on the air. (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper, File) MANDATORY CREDIT: FACE THE NATION/KARIN COOPER,  NO SALES, ARCHIVE OUT, NORTH AMERICA ONLY.

Column: Obama Is Doomed to Repeat Recent History

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush. …

Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, …

Column: We Give Thanks, but Do We Share Our Blessings With Others?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier I was scheduled recently to do some after-dinner storytelling at a trade meeting, and just before supper was idly browsing the vendors’ tables set …

Column: The GOP Needs a Moderate; If Not Jeb, Who?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Washington President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is …

Column: Give the Needy a Helping Hand, Not Filthy Trash

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wedged among stories with bold headlines concerning terrorism and war, smaller headlines and stories were making me uneasy recently. Those articles told me that Upper Valley rentals are becoming less available and affordable, income has fallen for everyone but the wealthy, firewood prices are climbing and supplies dwindling, …

Column: My Parents Were Deported, and I Was Alone

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In Orange Is the New Black, I play Maritza Ramos, a tough Latina from the ’hood. In Jane the Virgin, I play Lina, Jane’s best friend and a funny know-it-all who is quick to offer advice. I love both parts, but they’re fiction. My real story is this: …

Forum, Nov. 22: Happier Holidays in Hartland; Appreciating the Co-op; Building Better Internet in Woodstock

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Happier Holiday in Hartland To the Editor: The Hartland Christmas Project is underway, marking its 39th year. The Hartland Church, the Universalist Church, schools, businesses and individuals in town sponsor this wonderful project. Anyone knowing of a Hartland family that might need a hand up with food …

Friday, November 21, 2014

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in …

Column: Bernie Sanders Takes On the Billionaire Class

Friday, November 21, 2014

I’m going out on a limb here, but: Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont is sounding more and more like a man who intends to defy the doubters and run. And he could play an important role …

Column: Keystone: Liberals Need a Reality Check

Friday, November 21, 2014

Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be “game over for the climate,” says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James Hansen. Heeding Hansen’s words, environmentalists have sworn to stop the project, which requires U.S. government approval. Yet large, bipartisan …

Column: A Hatred Beyond Reason in Jerusalem

Friday, November 21, 2014

There are terror attacks, and there are pogroms. The attack at a Jerusalem synagogue this week that killed four rabbis was a pogrom. It was an attack motivated not by politics but by religious hatred; it was directed not at Israelis but at Jews. The killers were armed …

Forum, Nov. 21: Clean Hands, a Strategy; Book Angels Are Back; Keystone Pipeline Isn’t Needed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good, Healthy Habits To the Editor: In response to Abner Schlabach’s letter on Nov. 18 (“Clean Hands, Dirty Doors?”), which proposed a foot-operated door for restrooms to avoid contamination from people’s unwashed hands, I want to suggest an alternate cost-free strategy. I use the paper towel I dried …