Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Trumping Trump With Crazy Talk

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Washington Was he under the influence of Koch? Or was it evidence of a deeper disorder? Whatever the cause, something made Scott Walker give birth …

Editorial: A Lesson in Language and Politics

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Many a family has sent a young person off to college only to be confronted at a semster break by a one-person truth squad. Then …

Willem Lange: Almost Heaven —Trout Fishing in Montana

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fort Smith, Montana The Bighorn River is alive with boats this morning, dozens and dozens of them. The first metaphor that usually springs to mind …

Column: NRA Leader Promises Apocalypse Now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who presides over a state with a high rate of gun violence and a low quality of gun laws, is shocked. “We never would’ve imagined it would’ve happened in Louisiana or Lafayette,” he …

Editorial: Ethics in Vermont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Gov. Peter Shumlin finally came out unequivocally in favor of creating a state ethics commission last week, his spokesman told The Associated Press that the timing was not related to potential conflicts of interest that have surfaced recently involving current and former members of his administration and …

Column: Concealed Handguns Make America Safer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and ABC News and …

Forum: Merchants of Doubt and Death; Republicans and Workers; Don’t Mock Caitlyn Jenner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Merchants of Doubt and Death To the Editor: Saturday night my wife and I went with some English friends to the Hopkins Center to see the film Merchants of Doubt, which documents how skepticism about the reality of climate change is being purveyed by many of the very …

Column: The Senate Strikes Back, and Ted Cruz Loses a Battle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington Who’s afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz? Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would “render ourselves lawless” and cause “chaos.” Alexander reminded the …

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 …