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Opinion

Column: Most Common Side Effect of Ebola Is Fear

Monday, October 20, 2014

When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. …

Editorial: Increase the Federal Gas Tax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whenever the price of oil spikes, it’s a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has …

Column: Events Expose Depth of Racial Injustice

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s a social-justice movement taking hold across the nation. Michael Brown’s death, which turned Ferguson, Mo., into a battleground this past summer, has helped catalyze …

Column: From the Booming Me Generation to the Connected Us Generation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement. …

Column: A Mix-Up at the Sperm Bank

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three years ago, Jennifer Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, went shopping for sperm. Not just any sperm would do. They decided that the sperm used to artificially inseminate Cramblett with their first child would have to come from a man with genetic traits similar to theirs. In …

Editorial: Gone Girl, Gone Boy; Young Adults Leave the Twin States

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It is entirely reasonable to skip Internet lists, but the web-averse missed the “25 Most Important Cat Photos of All Time,’’ an actual compilation that was like online catnip. We count ourselves among the wary, but still noticed the recently released “Worst States for Young Adults 2014,’’ which …

Islamic State Conflict Is War, Not a Game

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The air war against the Islamic State is not some video game that the U.S. military is being asked to play and quickly win. We must realize that American men and women are risking their lives against an enemy that will not quit just because we tire of …

Forum, Oct. 16: Let’s Change Vermont; A Disappointing Endorsement; A Worthwhile ‘Journey’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let’s Change Vermont To the Editor: I would like all my friends and neighbors who are upset with the current state of our state to consider helping me create change, even if just a little. We in Vermont have a chance to elect a local businessman, Scott Milne, …

Column: Grandma Clinton Plays the Gender Card

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren’t sure-footed in dealing with it — recall …

Column: Family Planning Is a Smart Public Investment

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washington Publicly funded family planning services help low-income Americans avoid serious health conditions while saving billions of dollars each year, according to a new analysis ­— benefits that go beyond providing contraception that can prevent unintended pregnancies. Past research from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports …

Editorial: Consent on Campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing has filed a bill that would require the state’s colleges and universities to adopt stricter sexual assault policies or risk losing state aid or, in the case of private schools, property tax exemptions. Following California’s lead, the Hampton Democrat would like to …

Willem Lange: Climbing Well-Worn Rocks on the ‘Mountain That Stands Alone’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jaffrey, N.H. On a Thursday morning in October, the first intimation that the hike ahead of us might not be a solitary one was the full parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Mount Monadnock is apparently one of the world’s most-climbed mountains. Weekend traffic here must …

Forum, Oct. 15: Hartford Needs Artificial Turf?; Kevin Pearce Talk in Lebanon; Blather From Educators

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hartford Needs Artificial Turf? To the Editor: Do Hartford voters really want to further burden the budget and cause greater pressure on our already stressed educational programs to gain artificial turf on our football field? Neither Coach Stone, nor anyone on the athletic staff or townspeople came before …