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Opinion

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Editorial: Improving Mental Health Services in Vermont

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anyone who thought that the opening of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin this summer meant that the state had finally overcome its …

Column: Let Others Stand for Health and Fitness; Seated I Shall Remain

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stand up, if you want to live.” This seems to be a theme, lately, among health writers. If you stand more and exercise more, you …

Forum, Sept. 23: Decency; Travels With Tiko; Calm Down, Paul Keane

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Decent Thing to Do To the Editor: I applaud the Valley News for discussing decency (“When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?” Sept. 11), which is sorely absent in public discourse. Decency means respect, civility, good manners, courtesy, politeness, consideration and morality, and all were taught to …

Column: Preserve the Forests to Protect the Planet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two contradictory facts reign supreme with regard to climate change. The first is that the atmosphere and oceans of our planet are heating up. The catastrophic consequences of this reality are already baked into the environment, and most …

Editorial: Anti-Trust, Pro Health

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

During an appearance at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center a couple of years ago, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill warned that her agency would carefully scrutinize, on anti-trust grounds, efforts among health care providers to collaborate and coordinate patient care as the Affordable Care Act rolled out. Turns it she …

Column: Putin Continues a Tradition of Expansion, and Must Be Stopped

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and began what would become the bloodiest war in human history, World War II. Throughout the 1930s, the nature of the Nazi regime and its intentions were quite obvious. Yet the major European powers, which could have …

Column: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, and Pot

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This is the year of the Seinfeld midterms, we are told — an election about nothing in particular, lacking dominant themes. Yet the election also highlights how we are becoming a Seinfeld society. When it comes to two cultural issues that were once taboo, gay relationships and marijuana …

Forum, Sept. 23: Piermont’s Business; Remember the Co-op; A Military Response to Ebola?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Kenyon’s Business in Piermont To the Editor: As a resident and property owner in Piermont since 1984, the recent column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News caught my attention. After reading the article (which obviously was not intended to be unbiased), I am left with …

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so …

Column: Five Myths About the NFL, From concussions to Socialism

Monday, September 22, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Americans have been confronted by a slew of scandals besieging our most popular sport. Outrage over the off-the-field violence of star running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has been accompanied by the revelation that the National Football League expects almost one-third of …

Column: The Coming Era of Unlimited, Clean and Free Energy

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, …

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not …