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Opinion

Column: Hope and Change, As in Climate Change

Friday, August 22, 2014

A few years ago, I discovered my undergraduates had informally renamed my Intro to Environmental Studies class. They called it “Environmental Depression.” I’ve been teaching …

Editorial: Prosecuting Politicians

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are many fair grounds on which to criticize Rick Perry’s performance as governor of Texas: his rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion and …

Column: A Fairer Way to Elect House Members

Friday, August 22, 2014

In the original conception of our Constitution, the House of Representatives was to be the branch of government that best reflected the will of the …

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Situation That Had to End To the Editor: The editorial “Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket” in the Sunday Valley News Aug. 3 was excellent. “Let them eat cake!” “Hell, no,” said the customers. At my age, nearly 80, like many others, I have been there when …

U.S. Has A Chance to Stop the Islamic State

Friday, August 15, 2014

It would be wrong to view President Obama’s decision to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and to give weapons to Kurdish fighters as a continuation of the war in Iraq. It is more accurate to …

Editorial: A Bumper Crop Of Car Loans

Friday, August 15, 2014

The U.S. auto market is booming, with new car sales on track to hit 16.5 million in 2014, the best year since 2006. On the whole, this is great for the economy, since more demand for cars means more jobs in automobile manufacturing, sales and service. It’s a …

Column: Whistleblowers Say Patients Were Hospitalized Unnecessarily

Friday, August 15, 2014

What kind of people would knowingly expose someone to the risk of infection just to make a buck? Read carefully the allegations underlying the recent $97 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Health Systems and that question may be answered. Responding to lawsuits brought …

Column: Pot Arrests Remain Significant

Friday, August 15, 2014

Skyrocketing incarceration rates for nonviolent drug offenders have come to symbolize the futility of the national “war on drugs.” Even the most ardent drug legalization opponents are beginning to view drug use through the lens of public health, rather than criminal justice. This shift in focus is evident …

Column: Putin Puts Russian Foodies on a War Footing

Friday, August 15, 2014

Russians are about to lose access to virtually all food imported from the West — which is to say, a significant portion of the food that Russians consume. President Vladimir Putin ordered the ban on imports to retaliate …

Forum, Aug. 15: The Importance of Staging; Ovation for the Orchestra

Friday, August 15, 2014

An Omission in the Production To the Editor: Opera North’s performance of My Fair Lady at the Lebanon Opera House had all the virtues identified by Nicola Smith in her review: strong lead actors, familiar and evocative music, and a satisfying finish as a production (“Opera North Opens …

Column: Things Get Rough as Obama Hits the Links

Thursday, August 14, 2014

President Obama must really be teed off. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid. Obama responded with not one but two rounds of …

Editorial: A Sensible Interval for Gun Purchases

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont lawmakers surveyed recently by staff writer Sarah Brubeck do not seem inclined to assign a high priority to enacting a waiting period for firearm purchases next year, despite the circumstances in which prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal commentator Cheryl Hanna took her own life last …

Column: How to Lose Friends: Politics on Facebook

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shortly after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in 2009, a close Muslim friend I’d known since elementary school suddenly disappeared from my Facebook feed. She’d been excoriating Israel in her posts, and I’d said nothing. Then I posted a statistic showing the number of Hamas-fired missiles landing in …