Opinion

Willem Lange: The March of Humanity, Stuck in Place, at Least in Indiana

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Montpelier For almost eight decades now I’ve been reading commentaries about the parade of humanity — from Will Rogers (posthumously), Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson and …

Editorial: Super-Sized Food Makers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Has Warren Buffett, “the Wizard of Omaha,’’ met his match in Cheez Whiz? That question arises after last week’s announcement that Buffett and other investors …

Column: Thoughts About Israel, Passover, Freedom

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The recent re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel is a sad portent for Israel, for many Americans — including many American Jews …

Editorial: Sunapee’s Victory in a Graceful Defeat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The sports world doesn’t often offer the escape from real-world chicanery that it once did, but there was an exceptionally honest moment in Sullivan County last week. Last Tuesday, members of the Sunapee High School spirit squad — what used to be called a cheerleading team — traveled …

Willem Lange: N.H. Legislators Welcomes Fourth-Graders, Eviscerates Their Idea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier Information flows through this office in a steady stream if I but open the portal to the Internet. “Shocking truth” from obscure and highly suspect sources; televised interviews with public figures; warm, fuzzy video clips of dogs and cats and wrestling pandas; hateful, profane screeds against the …

Column: Madonna Finds That Time Isn’t on Her Side

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, Living For Love, from its …

Forum, March 25: An Enduring Artistic Vision; Failure of Society’s Response to Opioids; Lebanon Voters Are Worn Down

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Enduring Artistic Vision To the Editor: Nicola Smith’s portrait of artist Varujan Boghosian is both an informative and inspiring description of a truly great artist (“Fodder for His Fascinations: At 88, Varujan Boghosian’s Artistic Influence Only Grows,” March 22). I have been his friend for only half …

Column: The Right Seems to Like Income Inequality

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Washington Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. Even the most conservative Republicans were …

Editorial: N.H. House Is No Place for Kids

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Parents who doubt the educational value of school field trips may change their minds when they become acquainted with the experience of fourth-graders at the Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, N.H., who traveled 50 miles to the Statehouse in Concord earlier this month to see floor debate …

Column: Guess Where Those Fish Sticks Came From

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you want to know where your smartphone or blender was assembled, you just have to search its exterior. More likely than not, you’ll find a label saying “Assembled in China” — a disclosure required by the U.S. government. But what if you want to know where the …

Column: My College Students Might Be Allowed to Bring Guns to Class

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I’ve been thinking about how my college classroom will look and feel next fall if some of my students are carrying handguns on their hips. It’s a possibility. On March 17, the Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow holders of concealed carry licenses to wear their …

Forum, March 24: Hingston Helped Windsor; Politicized Co-op Election; Down in the Dumps

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unions Benefit Workers To the Editor: I am responding to the opinion column by Jay Ambrose that said unions are bad for workers (“Right-to-Work Law Is Good for Workers,” March 12). Unions are acting in the interests of workers to collectively bargain, which brings together employer and employee …

Music Education Is Vital to Learning, but Often Lands on the Chopping Block

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s Für Elise. My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm, and expression. The benefit …