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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Editorial: Vermont’s State Dog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

While we don’t practice pack journalism as a rule, we can’t resist commenting on a bill to name the beagle the state dog of Vermont. …

Column: New Battlegrounds in the Culture Wars

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Washington The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life. …

Column: Here Come the ‘Class Warfare’ Attacks on Obama

Friday, January 23, 2015

Albert Hunt For Bloomberg News Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, leveled the “class warfare” charge in describing President Barack Obama’s …

Forum, Jan. 23: Outstanding Piece of Journalism; ‘Valley News’ Cowardice; Taxing Wealthy Vermonters

Friday, January 23, 2015

Outstanding Piece of Journalism To the Editor: The article “Under the Gun” by John Lippman in the Sunday Valley News is an outstanding piece of journalism. In-depth and thoroughly researched, the story was clear and informative with not a word too many or too few. The graphics were …

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Editorial: Hartford’s Recycling Program Is Not a Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In response to a new state law designed to increase recycling in Vermont, the Hartford Selectboard is proposing to . . . dismantle the town’s successful curbside recycling program. Why? Don’t ask us. No persuasive rationale has been articulated so far for doing so. Selectman Ken Parker, who …

Column: Mount Sunapee Resort Expansion Good for Jobs, Environment

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tim and Diane Mueller are now in their 17th year as the operators of Mount Sunapee Resort, of which I am the president and general manager. It has been a successful partnership with the State of New Hampshire. Over the years, our relationship with local communities and the …

Column: A Flight of Fantasy For Science in India

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In a famous 1966 talk, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman observed, “Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation.” Hundreds of scientists — many of them based at American universities, …

Column: Obama’s Tax Plan Really Does Target the Rich

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama isn’t kidding when he says the tax proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address would have an effect on inequality in the U.S.: The wealthiest 1 percent would pay the most, by far. In seeking to pay for measures aimed at helping the …

Forum, Jan. 22: Keystone is a Health Threat; New Cardigan Trail; Who Profits?; Hanover’s Precious Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keystone is a Health Threat To the Editor: Yes, Keystone is back in the news. I am not going down the climate change road, trying to defend the majority of scientific evidence supporting human activity as contributing to the natural cyclic climate variation, resulting in overall global warming. …

Column: The Decision to Publish the ‘Charlie’ Cover

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring …

Editorial: Romney May Try, Try, Try, Again

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Political observers are said to be surprised, and in some cases baffled, by the news that Mitt Romney is considering a third presidential bid. While F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that “there are no second acts in American lives” has long since been disproven, third acts are rarer, and …