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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Editorial: Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, April 18, 2014

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, head of the U.S. Agency …

Column: When I Got Too in Touch With Local Food

Friday, April 18, 2014

The chickens are out of feed. Before they can make a dash through the coop’s open door, I hoist the round metal feeder from its …

Column: Around the World, Girls Suffer Sexual Abuse From Teachers

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo A dust-diffused brightness illuminated female speakers dressed in patterns of orange and green, yellow and blue as they addressed …

Column: Prosecutors Increasingly Use Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

Monday, April 14, 2014

For 16 months, San Francisco Bay area rapper Deandre Mitchell — better known as Laz Tha Boy — has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be …

Column: The Brave New World of Medicine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and …

Letter: Protect People From High-Interest Loans

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: I write on behalf of the United Valley Interfaith Project, people of faith from 13 faith communities spanning a number of faith traditions in our community. We find ultra-high interest rates on loans to consumers — often called usury — offensive. All faith traditions have …

Letter: Sen. Shaheen on Guns

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: You may or may not be aware of U.N. Resolution 2117. It is a highly restrictive anti-gun measure that would compel members of the U.N. to support a global ban on the importation and exportation of small arms. It would also implement an international gun …

Letter: Legislation Forum Tuesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Lebanon representatives Susan Almy, Laurie Harding, George Sykes, Andy White and Sen. David Pierce will be participating in a Lebanon Town Hall Legislative Forum tomorrow, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kilton Library. We are half way through the legislative session, and it …

Letter: Two Reasons to Elect Sanders

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Among the many reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders should be elected president of the United States, two stand out. First, we need to escape the increasingly corrupt stranglehold of our political parties. Second, we should avoid the Clinton and Bush dynasties given that Hillary and Jeb …

Column: My Little House With a Big Heart

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I have the tiniest house on my street. Typically, that’s not a bragging point. But lately I’ve grown especially proud of my home. For one thing, it’s cheaper (and easier) to heat than bigger homes — a big …

Editorial: Granite State Shoot-Out

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We’re not sure when the next debate in the New Hampshire Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate will take place, but we have a suggestion for the venue: any gun range in the Granite State. That way potential voters can determine not only who is a straight …

Column: Vermont School Governance Is Out of Date

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Before the turn of the 20th century, there were more than 2,500 school districts in Vermont. Back then, as it is today, debate was passionate. How should schooling be organized to meet our shared goals? In 1892, the Legislature took courageous action by abolishing those micro-districts and transforming …

Column: Achievements Go Back All the Way to LBJ

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 …