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Column: Trump and Sanders Offer Magic

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. …

Editorial: Court Puts Brakes on Clean Power

Saturday, February 13, 2016

While Washington was glued to the New Hampshire primary results, the Supreme Court dropped a bombshell, placing a hold on the core of President Obama’s …

Column: There’s Life in the Bush Candidacy Yet

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington A most unfamiliar likeness of Jeb Bush appeared on Americans’ television screens the morning after the New Hampshire primary. This version looked alive. The …

Forum: Support West Hartford Library; Responsible Use of Cemeteries; No Excusing ‘Girl Power’ Headline

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Support West Hartford Library To the Editor: To the Selectboard of the town of Hartford: On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of White River Junction, we urge you to reconsider the recommendation for reduced funding of the West Hartford Library. The destruction wrought by Tropical …

Column: Whites and Blacks See Obama’s Legacy Far Differently

Monday, February 8, 2016

Who was Obama, and how will he be remembered? Now that he’s on his way out — the Iowa caucuses being the official prelude to a new political era — the consensus that’s been building is that although Obama more than qualifies as successful, he has not been …

Column: There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and He Thinks He’s Extraordinary

Monday, February 8, 2016

A few years ago, an internationally respected 68-year-old physicist fell for a sweetheart scam. Paul Frampton met a young supermodel online, became convinced he was corresponding with the new love of his life and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, to meet her. By the time Frampton arrived, the …

Editorial: Be Frank With Asian Leaders

Monday, February 8, 2016

President Obama has invited 10 heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to an unprecedented summit in California later this month — the first between ASEAN and the United States to be held on American soil. Obama’s aims are to advance his strategy of “rebalancing” …

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; …

Monday, February 8, 2016

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday conversation? “Let’s treat one another according to Judeo-Christian values.” Or, “C’mon, kids, don’t …

Editorial: At Stake for Democrats

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton race reflects a fundamental tension between idealism and realism that has played itself out over generations in Democratic Party politics. Occasionally, this tension has been happily resolved in a single figure who has proven fluent in both the poetry of campaigning and the prose …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and …

Column: Health Officials Are Steering the Right Course on Zika Outbreak.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities. It’s possible the situation will become worse than expected, both worldwide and in the U.S., where …