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Opinion

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Editorial: Your App, Yourself; Smartphones Will Watch Over You

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so …

Willem Lange: On Mountain Day, Students Bond With a Peak Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It happens once a year, and with only a couple of minor breaks, has been happening for over 150 years. It’s Mountain Day at Colby-Sawyer …

Column: The Left Protests, but It Goes Unnoticed

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them. As the president stood on the South Lawn to announce the bombing campaign in Syria, liberal demonstrators gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the …

Forum, Sept. 25: Revenge; Patriotism; Gas Prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloody Mistakes of the Past To the Editor: Westerners, including Kimball Union Academy graduate Steven Sotfoff, have been beheaded by ISIS. Beyond insulting our most basic human values, ISIS wants to incite the West into a new holy war. Regrettably, we appear to be taking the bait. Such …

Column: White House Security Vs. People’s Rights

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On the sidewalk nearest the White House, tourists …

Willem Lange: It’s Off to the Races, as We Remember Them, Many Years Ago

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Keene Valley, N.Y. We left Keene Valley, Mother and I, in the middle of winter over 53 years ago, and have returned only for hunting season and to visit. All the people we knew then are either dead or gone away. Still, it’s where we began our married …

Editorial: Oh, Say Can You See ...The Flag at Lebanon High?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teenagers often lose the innocent patriotism of grade school, when heroes such as Betsy Ross, colonial flagmaker to the stars, and Francis Scott Key, lyricist for The Star-Spangled Banner, are venerated with enthusiasm, if not much nuance. But how could it be that the flagpole at Lebanon High …

Column: Democrats Rely on Women to Hold Senate majority

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Democrats know that keeping control of the Senate this election year isn’t a man’s job. Success will depend on the votes of women. This year, it’s Democrats who are on the defensive. In the 10 most competitive Senate races, they are counting on different assets in different states: …

Forum, Sept. 23: Decency; Travels With Tiko; Calm Down, Paul Keane

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Decent Thing to Do To the Editor: I applaud the Valley News for discussing decency (“When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?” Sept. 11), which is sorely absent in public discourse. Decency means respect, civility, good manners, courtesy, politeness, consideration and morality, and all were taught to …

Column: Preserve the Forests to Protect the Planet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two contradictory facts reign supreme with regard to climate change. The first is that the atmosphere and oceans of our planet are heating up. The catastrophic consequences of this reality are already baked into the environment, and most …

Editorial: Anti-Trust, Pro Health

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

During an appearance at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center a couple of years ago, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill warned that her agency would carefully scrutinize, on anti-trust grounds, efforts among health care providers to collaborate and coordinate patient care as the Affordable Care Act rolled out. Turns it she …

Column: Putin Continues a Tradition of Expansion, and Must Be Stopped

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and began what would become the bloodiest war in human history, World War II. Throughout the 1930s, the nature of the Nazi regime and its intentions were quite obvious. Yet the major European powers, which could have …