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Opinion

Friday, October 24, 2014

Editorial: Into the Fryer; A Hard Line at McDonald’s in Russia

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January 1990, when the dreary and declining Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was opening to the world, McDonald’s arrived as a symbol of American …

Column: It Takes a Hero to Be Humble in Politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught …

Forum, Oct. 19: Early Experiences Help Children; Holiday Basket Helpers; White House’s Open-Door Policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Children Need Good Early Experiences To the Editor: As the director of The Family Place, the local parent-child center serving over 1,900 children and families every year, I see the impact of early experiences on young children. The research is clear: Giving young children a strong start improves …

Column: America Needs a Backbone of Steel

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Steel is power. Any nation that expects to project strength and resolve must produce steel. Throughout U.S. history, steel has been an irreplaceable underpinning of our economic and military might. It’s why Abraham Lincoln insisted on building steel …

Editorial: Bark About the Park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We count ourselves among the most loyal and devoted friends of canis lupus familiaris, and we stand prepared to defend their rights. Even so, we readily concede that dogs, much like toddlers and teenagers, have their place. And that place may not be near crowds, antsy children, bouncing …

Column: Greatness Eludes the Obama Presidency

Saturday, October 18, 2014

All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people why they won’t get it). So Barack Obama isn’t the first president to …

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Would Garcia Make Us Safer? To the Editor: Marilinda Garcia, who opposes Annie Kuster in the race to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, told a gathering at Dartmouth College this week that government’s essential function is to keep us safe, and it is failing. She seems to …

Friday, October 17, 2014

Column: Germany’s Appalling Economic Prescription

Friday, October 17, 2014

I am a fan of Germany’s worker empowerment. By requiring corporations to divide their boards evenly between worker and management representatives and mandating that employers meet regularly with their employees to discuss and resolve company concerns, Germany has retained a high-end manufacturing sector that has enabled the nation …

Column: Leave the Driving to the Radar, the Sensors and the Software

Friday, October 17, 2014

My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; break rules; get distracted; and crash into each other. That is why …

Forum, Oct. 17: Thinking Green at the Co-op; Co-op Needs Outside Help; Chemo ‘Cold Caps’; A Bad Proposal for Claremont

Friday, October 17, 2014

Co-op Offers Choice And Education To the Editor: Amidst the criticism of the Co-op Food Stores published in the Forum I have seen no recognition that they are addressing the most urgent challenge of our time, namely climate change. Amanda Charland, sustainability coordinator, has been exploring in depth …

Column: Will Enthusiasm Gap Be the Dems’ Downfall?

Friday, October 17, 2014

National polling on the Nov. 4 midterm elections confirms a doleful trend that’s been firming up all year: Voters aren’t enthusiastic about their choices — on either side. A Gallup Poll last week found that only 32 percent of voters said they felt “extremely motivated” to go to …