Opinion

Column: Clinton Will Get the Nomination, Unless ...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Washington Unless she’s indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. That kind of sentence is rarely written about a major presidential candidate. But I …

Editorial: You Have No Mail

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A stirring statement of workaday heroism, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their …

Column: Falling for Bogus Psychological Research

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Almost three years ago, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman penned an open letter to researchers working on “social priming,” the study of how thoughts and …

Forum: Reality and Politics; Attacking the Messenger; Social Security’s Problems

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reality and Politics To the Editor: The Aug. 18 Valley News Editorial referred to Gov. John Kasich, aspiring presidential candidate, as a “reality-based Republican,” but also mentions that “he doesn’t really address climate change.” Failing to address climate …

Column: Questions for the Next Debate

Monday, August 31, 2015

In a few weeks, the Republicans will hold their second presidential debate, and if it’s anything like the first, it’s bound to be a doozy. The continued ascent of Donald Trump, and his unmitigated displays of ego, id, …

Editorial: Yes, Guns Do Kill People

Monday, August 31, 2015

America’s ritualized response to gun violence is no more comforting for being so familiar. The initial burst of horror. The ricochet of blame. The benumbed kin struggling to understand why guns are so readily available to people who are dangerous, reckless or disturbed. There are peculiarities to this …

Column: Islamic State Needs Oil Money

Monday, August 31, 2015

The battle for Baiji, site of one of Iraq’s major oil refineries, is heating up again. Since May, Islamic State fighters have been chipping away at the Iraqi government’s control. Now it seems possible that the empty city and the shuttered refinery could fall. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar …

Column: Raising Pandas for Profit

Monday, August 31, 2015

With spin that would make even P.T. Barnum blush, the keepers at the National Zoo are claiming that taking newborn cubs away from panda mother Mei Xiang is for her own benefit. She has strenuously resisted losing her …

Forum: Teachers and Testing; Anger on the Left; Buy, Sell, Recyle

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Teachers Dislike the Testing To the Editor: It would be fair to say that I am, overall, a Valley News enthusiast. Perhaps because of that, I was disappointed in a recent editorial reprinted from The Washington Post, which I felt offered a far too simplistic portrayal of …

Column: How Do You Say Awkward Moment in French?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Admit it: when you have friends in from out of town, you like confusing them with a little harmless local lingo. “Want to run down to West Leb to check out the Power House?” Or, “What’s your mood: …

Editorial: Managing Change in Hartford, Lebanon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This month marked the changing of the management guard in two of the Upper Valley’s biggest communities, with Dennis Luttrell being introduced as Lebanon’s new city manager and Hunter Rieseberg, longtime town manager in Hartford, abruptly resigning. Luttrell, 65, has big shoes to fill in succeeding Greg Lewis, …

Steve Nelson: Real Men, Real Guns

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” This absurd gun rights excuse has been offered again in the wake of the highly publicized and utterly horrifying murders of a television reporter and cameraman in Virginia. Offensive NRA propaganda aside, I’ll concede that the problem is indeed that people …

Column: Goodell Takes a Page From the Autocrat’s Playbook

Saturday, August 29, 2015

On the surface, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is acting strangely in the “Deflategate” controversy. He launched an expensive crusade against one of the league’s great players over what is at most a tiny rules infraction, without much evidence. …