Opinion

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin listens during an editorial board meeting at the Valley News yesterday. 	

Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Shumlin: Why I Put Single-Payer Aside

Friday, December 19, 2014

Earlier this week, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my public life when I announced that I cannot support a move to …

Editorial: Cuba, Si — Isolation, No

Friday, December 19, 2014

A 45-minute phone call — the first between presidents of Cuba and the United States in more than 50 years — sealed an agreement that …

Transparency About Medical Costs Is Key to Controlling Them

Friday, December 19, 2014

U.S. health care spending has never grown as slowly as it did last year. Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office when the U.S. …

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 …

Editorial: Click Here and Learn

Saturday, December 13, 2014

“A little learning is a dangerous thing,’’ wrote poet Alexander Pope in 1709 or 1711, according to conflicting Internet sources. Pope was to suffer a fate oft repeated in our times. His phrase was misquoted by a couple of authors, morphed into the better known “A little knowledge …

Letters: Don’t Expand Ski Resort; Seniors, Save the Pensions; Carbon Tax Makes Sense

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Don’t Expand Ski Resort To the Editor: This is in response to the thought that allowing Mount Sunapee Resort to expand will improve local area business. Sure, out-of-town guests utilize local hotels, area restaurants and retail, but it would be ridiculous to put four ski trails and a …

Forum, Dec. 12: Use of Body Cameras; Thanks, Lebanon Police; Gift Touches Heart Strings

Friday, December 12, 2014

Allow the Use of Body Cameras To the Editor: The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of black people at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There …

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial: Ruth Dwyer and the View From Thetford

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When we saw in Saturday’s paper the picture of the giant shade-cloth screen erected along Sawnee Bean Road in Thetford, our first thought was that the artist Christo had somehow slipped into town unnoticed and embarked on another of his celebrated fabric-in-landscape installations. The reality, as described by …

Young Voters Don’t Mind Hillary Clinton’s Age

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run for president, would be among the oldest contenders for the office. Nonetheless, she has strong appeal among younger Americans. The former secretary of state, who will be 69 on Election Day 2016, beats five of her most prominent possible Republican rivals …