Opinion

Striking FairPoint workers picket in front of their office, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Concord, N.H. More than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike demanding that the company return to the bargaining table.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

FairPoint Workers Deserve Our Support

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the United Church of Christ, and in other Christian denominations, we are in the midst of the season of Advent, a time of expectation …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold …

For Cops, Ignorance of the Law Is an Excuse

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Well, you heard it here first: Ignorance of the law is an excuse, so long as you’re the police. Or so the U.S. Supreme Court …

Column: Are Social Services Driving School Costs?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are we spending more and more money to educate fewer and fewer kids? A recent two-day education summit …

Column: The Conservative Case for Police Reform

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York If a neoconservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, as Irving Kristol once put it, what do you call a conservative faced with video footage of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a …

Column: Creationism Is More Nuanced Than You Think

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington In a dozen polls taken from 1982 to 2014, Gallup has asked Americans to choose among three views of evolution. One view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but …

Sunday Forum: A Changed View of Co-op Management; Precious Citizenship; Investing in the World’s Young People

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What a Difference Six Months Makes To the Editor: Hooray for Nancy Parker (“Stop Badmouthing the Co-op,” Forum, Dec. 9) for articulating so well my own thoughts last June in my letter to the Valley News. Like me, she urged Jim Kenyon to stop harassing the Hanover Co-op …

The CIA Report and the National Image

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our belief in the national image is astonishingly resilient. Over more than two centuries, our conviction that we are a benign people, with only the best of intentions, has absorbed the blows of darker truths and returned unassailable. …

Editorial: Encouraging The Vote

Friday, December 12, 2014

Given that it’s the world’s oldest living democracy, it’s odd that the United States puts so many obstacles between its citizens and the voting booth. It’s not perhaps odd, but it is depressing how many Republican-led states over the past several years have added to those obstacles. So …

Can We Say We Will Not Torture Again?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Washington Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear that we can’t. Sen. Dianne …

What Really Makes Lefties So Different better)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When our son was born two years ago, my right-handed wife prayed he would be a lefty because she believed lefties were disproportionately talented. It seems that he is left-handed, as am I and my older son, but new research suggests that may not carry the benefit my …

What Other Countries Can Teach America About Retirement

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Good news, America: A new report says you can alleviate your social-policy problems by copying other developed countries. Wait, don’t stop reading! I don’t mean single-payer health care, paid maternity leave or affordable preschool. And I’m certainly not talking about functioning mass transit, national climate policy or mandatory …

CIA Did What Needed to Be Done After 9/11

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Washington The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in the report’s preamble of the shock and “pervasive fear” felt …