Opinion

Mary Ann Vecchio gestures and screams as she kneels by the body of a student lying face down on the campus of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970. National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four. (AP Photo/John Filo)

Column: May 4, 1970 — Four Dead in Ohio

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forty-five years ago, on May 4, 1970, at half past noon, I was watching pints of blood flow out of Jeffrey Miller’s head onto the …

Editorial: Poor-Mouthing in Hartford

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford officials are warning that the decision by voters at Town Meeting to effectively cut $220,000 from next year’s proposed $15. 7 million municipal budget …

Column: The Trade Deal Isn’t a Good Deal for Us

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The arcane details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are probably boring . . . but we don’t know since the negotiations and complex details have been …

Column: Christie’s Straight Talk About Social Security

Monday, April 20, 2015

Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to …

Editorial: Protected Airspace?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn last Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no …

Column: Bold Steps Needed to Revive Middle Class

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her presidential campaign making all the right noises. Trouping around Iowa with a handful of aides (and a media scrum that could fill Yankee Stadium), she has focused, however hazily, on the scourge of economic inequality and the concomitant plutocratization of American democracy. …

Forum, Monday: A Woman’s Place Is on a Coin; Gateway to Hanover; More Police in Hartford

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Woman’s Place Is on a Coin To the Editor: I noted with interest your editorial (“Currency Equality: Put a Woman on the $20 Bill,” April 15) discussing placing a woman’s image on a paper bill. But I do not want to see our currency politicized, and I …

Column: If You Come to Vermont, Hillary , I Have a Question

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents were on to me. I knew it the moment one of them began talking into a microphone hidden in his sleeve. As I maneuvered through a crowd toward Hillary, two agents advanced on …

Editorial: States All In On Gambling

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News that the New Hampshire Legislature is, yet again, considering a bill that would bring big-time casino gambling to the state raises two concerns. The primary one, of course, is that lawmakers will succumb to the lure of additional revenue this time and open the doors to all …

Column: How Grant and Lee Forged a Perfect Moment at Appomattox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century and a half ago, a brief encounter between two men, a Northerner and Southerner, altered the course of American history. It was not the Lincoln assassination; that happened five days later. It was the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. For …

Column: Think You Know Pitching? Here’s Five Strikes Against You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Baseball is like church,” former major league infielder and manager Leo Durocher once said. “Many attend, few understand.” And pitching is one of the most lionized, misunderstood and mythologized aspects of the game, even among other pitchers — …

Sunday Forum: Train Safety

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Speak Up About Railroad Safety To the Editor: “ Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg does not mince words when talking about what might happen if a major rail catastrophe were to take place in White River Junction. It would obliterate the downtown,” he said. “I use that term …

Column: Leaving Las Vegas, and Back Home to the Upper Valley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On a recent weekend, I won $502 on a penny slot machine in the MGM Grand Las Vegas. That’s half a grand at the Grand. I was overjoyed, since I’m not much of a gambler and it was …