Opinion

Column: Cheap Oil and SUVs are a Sucker’s Bet

Monday, January 26, 2015

Where is the logic in buying a gas-guzzling SUV just because gas prices are so low? As gas prices have tumbled, gas-hog sales have soared. …

Editorial: No Need for Nerdy Google Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hard to believe it was just a few years ago when we first heard about Google Glass, the breakthrough in augmented-reality eyeglasses. And today — …

Column: The Middle Class Gets Attention, but Poor Need College Aid

Monday, January 26, 2015

One could be forgiven for thinking that it’s the middle class who have suffered most from America’s failed higher-education policies, which saddled students with years …

Forum, Jan. 20: Get With the Program, Hartford; A Pipeline to Nowhere; Consider the Source; Publish Offensive Cartoons

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get With the Program, Hartford To the Editor: Come on, Hartford! First, no fluoride in the water. Now, less than half in town recycle? What’s up? Kudos to Skip Chalker for pointing out how backward this thinking is, and how the Selectboard enables it (“Recycle for the Common …

Editorial: Share the Wealth

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It’s safe to assume that no part of the agenda that President Obama lays out in tonight’s State of the Union address will be deader on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress than his proposal to cut taxes on the middle class while raising them on the wealthy. According …

Column: Black Lives Mattered Then, and Do Now

Monday, January 19, 2015

For this year’s national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all of the speeches, marches, singing and rallies have to somehow have roots in Ferguson, Mo. It’s because a year ago Michael Brown …

Column: Here Come the Young Digital Libertarians

Monday, January 19, 2015

Poverty? Isn’t there an app for that? None of my college journalism students has asked me that one — yet. But I wouldn’t be all that surprised if one of them did. Millennials, it seems, have very different ideas about how to solve urban problems. And unlike the …

Column: Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed: It’s Expensive and Harmful

Monday, January 19, 2015

Before the “war on terror,” many Americans knew about Guantanamo Bay only from its depiction in A Few Good Men. In the film’s most famous scene, the Marine colonel who commands the U.S. naval base, played by Jack Nicholson, declares during a court-martial: “I have neither the time …

Editorial: Government Must Help Stop Hackers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hackers defaced Crayola’s Facebook page last week with some offensive and off-color posts that no parent would want children to see. Separately, intruders managed to hijack the YouTube and Twitter accounts of U.S. Central Command, posting videos and documents to taunt the military. Both cyberattacks were symbolic annoyances …

Column: Why Electricity Costs Spiked

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Forum letter writer was speaking for many recenly when he asked about huge electric rate increases this winter and paltry explanations for them. David C. Montgomery of Hanover said his electricity bill had increased by 72 percent, …

Editorial: Military Arms and The Police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

News that state and local law enforcement agencies operating in the Upper Valley have acquired more than $1.6 million in surplus military gear from the Pentagon in recent years is reassuring in one respect: If Canada launches a surprise attack, the police will be well equipped to offer …

Steve Nelson: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

Sunday, January 18, 2015

No, I am not Charlie. The New York Times is not Charlie. The Valley News is not Charlie. The murder of a dozen magazine staff members in Paris has generated a fascinating debate about freedom of expression. No person, save the demented followers of extremist Islam, can view …

Column: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. …