Opinion

In this image taken from video posted to hillaryclinton.com on Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her campaign for president. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady enters the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama. (Hillary For America via AP)

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 …

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 …

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 …

Column: So Much Talk About the Middle Class, but Not Enough Action

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Right now, the people aspiring to be president will say and do anything to appeal narrowly to their party’s base. But when the contest for the presidency really gets underway, they are likely to say and do anything to appeal broadly to America’s middle class. And that is …

Forum, April 14: Republicans Have a Point; Price of Exporting Oil; Vanishing Bees

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Congress Flexes Its Muscles To the Editor: Republicans in Congress, worried about President Obama’s talks with Iran on nuclear weapons, recently warned Iran about signing an agreement. To add insult to injury, the Republican Speaker of the House invited the leader of Israel to speak before Congress about …

Column: A Risky Deal With Iran

Monday, April 13, 2015

The framework concluded last week on Iran’s nuclear program was doomed to disagreement. Even the “fact sheets” issued by the United States, France and Iran — all parties to the talks — didn’t agree on the facts. Israel …

Column: Feeling Sad? Embrace Your Emotional Pain

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Can you believe how cold it was this winter? It was so bad that I had to increase my antidepressants.” “I think I’m going to have to do that too.” I recently overheard this conversation while dining at a restaurant and sat there in partial disbelief — but …

Editorial: Pandering to the Elderly

Monday, April 13, 2015

As the 2016 campaign approaches, the hot idea in Democratic Party circles is to increase Social Security benefits. Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., staged a vote on a “sustainable expansion” resolution in the Senate, garnering 42 “yeas” and laying down a new orthodoxy from which only two …

Column: Lawmakers Should Stay Out of Medical Consulting

Monday, April 13, 2015

So-called conversion therapies to make gay people straight are based on poor science or none, and President Obama was right to condemn them. But the president was wrong to encourage the passage of more laws like the one in California that bans the use of such therapy on …

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternatives for Panhandlers To the Editor: Alex Hartov’s April 9 Forum letter said, “Shame on you, Lebanon Police Department,” in reference to its request to the City Council to ban panhandling on Route 12A in West Lebanon, suggesting that this is unkind. Mr. Hartov is right that, as …

Column: The Genius of Robert Schuller

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If you want to understand the success and the popularity of evangelicalism in America, you could do a lot worse than consider the life and career of Robert H. Schuller. According to a recent survey by the Public …

Editorial: Don’t Just Rescue Opioid Addicts, Treat Them

Sunday, April 12, 2015

With New England in the grip of an opioid addiction crisis, much attention is being focused on naloxone, a relatively easy-to-administer drug that saves lives by reversing the deadly effects of breathing failure in people who have overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids. Remarkably, advocates say, all this …

Steve Nelson: Religious Freedom Claims Take the Cake

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The excitement over religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas was near ecstatic. Such fervor over cakes, flowers and pizza! A fine phrase, albeit a bit trite, characterizes the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: a solution desperately seeking a problem. The solution sought by Indiana and …