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A small cottage teeters on its destroyed foundation in West Bridgewater, Vt., on July 20, 2012, 11 months after Tropical Storm Irene brought flooding to the steep valley. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Column: Congress Must Join the Growing Consensus on Climate Change

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Since the 1980s, the dangerous long-term consequences of largely human-caused climate disruption have been plainly and forcefully explained to us. Repeatedly, scientists — generally a …

Editorial: Clean Up This Town

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us, but it’s time for housekeeping of the sort that gets much attention in spring. Red, yellow and orange leaves are …

Column: Hope Is Leaking Out of Politics Like Air From a Balloon

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Washington The Iowa State Fair is over, but the circus is coming to town. Today, Hillary and Bill Clinton are scheduled to attend the 37th …

School Reform Should Focus On the Quality Of Principals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers — mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but …

Column: A Response: Hartford Bus Bids Were Proper and Saved Money

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

(Editor’s Note: Tom DeBalsi is superintendent of schools in Hartford.) I feel compelled to respond to the Valley News article about alleged irregularities in the process of contracting Hartford’s school transportation. First, the district began this process after many years of struggling to keep up with the demand …

Column: A Living Wage Doesn’t Seem to Kill Jobs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In July 2013, hotelier Scott Ostrander stood before the City Council in SeaTac, Wash., pleading with the town not to adopt a $15 minimum wage. “I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off,” he said, according to an account in …

Forum, Sept. 9: Alternative Fuel; Climate Hope

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Begin Switch to Cleaner Fuels To the Editor: Media coverage of American economic policy has often focused on the need to ensure long-term energy supplies, ignoring evidence that CO2 (carbon dioxide) releases from our currently used fuels are a major factor in global warming. Linking abundant energy with …

Half-Measures Won’t Stop Global Threats

Monday, September 8, 2014

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the …

My Client Was Just Freed From Death Row, And I’m Furious

Monday, September 8, 2014

Watching an innocent client walk out of prison is every defense lawyer’s dream, especially for those of us who represent people condemned to die. This week, I got to watch my client, Henry McCollum, North Carolina’s longest serving …

The Cost Of Courage

Monday, September 8, 2014

In February, Republican strategist Karl Rove chastised President Obama for ignoring “his own Bowles-Simpson deficit commission” and making “no effort to reduce the long-term debt burden.” Now Crossroads GPS, the political group for which Rove serves as senior adviser, is running advertisements attacking Democrats who did support Simpson-Bowles. …

Column: Obama Is Tougher on Terror Than He Sounds

Monday, September 8, 2014

Question: Who said this about the war on terror? “I don’t think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.” Answer: Not Barack Obama, but the …

Dan Mackie: We Cut Our Cable, and Survived

Sunday, September 7, 2014

About two years ago, we cut the cord. I don’t remember what made me it do — I have canceled cable TV in moments of cheapness or distress about lousy shows before — but this time it stuck. …

Editorial: Hartford’s School Bus Contract

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Hartford School Board appears to have adopted “close enough for government work” as its standard for conducting the public’s business. Indeed, the lack of scrupulousness implied by the phrase accurately reflects the board’s actions. The problem is, of course, that “close enough for government work” isn’t nearly …