Opinion

Column: The Harm of Overdiagnosing Breast Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

If you haven’t gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing …

Editorial: In My Backyard? Maybe

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — is the derogatory acronym applied to neighbors’ knee-jerk opposition to worthwhile development projects that they would not …

Column: Why Bernie Sanders Will Not Be Able to Pull Off the Upset

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hillary Clinton is once again campaigning for president as the prohibitive front-runner, and once again, she faces a challenge from an insurgent progressive outsider with …

Column: Latest Clinton Email Flap Isn’t a Scandal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server— is, or should be, a non-scandal. Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of …

Column: FDA Makes a Muddle of Nutrition Labels

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Since 1993, most packaged food sold in the U.S. has been required to include a Nutrition Facts label that lists the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and sugar in a serving, and includes some information on recommended daily intakes. During that same period, Americans’ diets …

Editorial: Vermont Cuts Benefit for the Disabled

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some readers may have noted sharply contrasting stories in one edition of the Valley News last week. “Dartmouth Sets Donation Record,’’ said one headline, and the other, “Vermont Families See Benefit Cuts.” The money-raising prowess of an elite nonprofit educational institution is a discussion for another day, but …

Willem Lange: John Stark, the Grumpy Colonial Hero

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montpelier In recent years, against my better judgment, I’ve been becoming a blurber: one of those people you kind of know who writes brief blurbs of praise to print on the back covers of paperbacks. Trouble is, you can’t write a blurb about something you haven’t read. As …

Forum: A Dumb Search for Intelligent Life; Newsworthy Video; Overprotective Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dumb Search for Intelligent Life To the Editor: How sad to read that the otherwise genius Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He now joins those starry-eyed types we often see proclaiming in deep, solemn tones that they seek to answer “that …

Column: There Is Blame to Go Around in Bland Case

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington One would hope that it is possible for a white policeman and a black citizen to come into contact in a routine traffic stop without it becoming a matter of race and ending badly. But maybe not. …

Editorial: Seasons Never End for Young Athletes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When it came to this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the most dominant and entertaining pitcher to perform for the Boston Red Sox in many a long year — maybe ever. And by all …

Column: What’s Behind Polarization of Voters?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal …

Column: Police, Power and the People They Serve

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I am struggling mightily with the death of Sandra Bland. Struggling to understand it, struggling with the tragedy of it, and struggling especially with how utterly unnecessary and unfair it feels. And how depressing it is to watch the video of her initial encounter with police. I am …

Forum: A Long Voyage, but Not That Long; A Life-Saving Suggestion; Support for Hartland Dog Census

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long, But Not That Long To the Editor: To set the record straight: My apologies for incorrectly stating in a recent Forum letter that if Voyager-1 was headed in the right direction it would take billions of years to reach planet Kepler-452b. It should have been only 25 …