Opinion

Friday, May 22, 2015

Column: Debates Promise Cheap, Watchable Entertainment for Cable

Saturday, May 23, 2015

We’re about to see some wild behavior from the Republican presidential candidates. At least that’s what the cable networks are trying to arrange. To understand …

Column: What Bin Laden Was Reading — Conspiracies

Saturday, May 23, 2015

While the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has been busy clouding the history of Osama bin Laden’s years on the lam in Pakistan, the Office of …

Editorial: Dressed Down for Prom

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let’s talk about “prom.” The word, referring to a formal dance in celebration of graduation, derives from Middle French, promenade, meaning to walk leisurely, which in turn derives from late Latin, prominare, “to drive (animals) onward,” a combination of pro (“forth”) and minare (“to drive animals with shouts”). …

Column: Was the Killing of Bin Laden a War Crime?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

We’ll probably never know the accuracy of all the details in Seymour Hersh’s alternative account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. But Hersh’s version has enough verisimilitude that it calls for reconsidering what has always been the most troubling legal question, even under the official version of …

Column: New Neuroscience of Childhood Stresses Strong Attachments

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Doctors see disease and they think about genes and germs, molecules and chemicals. But there’s a new recommendation from the neuroscience lab: Think about human relationships too. It’s turning out that babies’ earliest attachment relationships help set their lives’ paths toward disease or health. Lifelong health, as it …

Forum, May 16: Train Safety in Vermont; Mount Sunapee Resort

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Train Safety in Vermont To the Editor: On Saturday, May 9, I accompanied a newspaper reporter and a friend to Braintree, Vt., to view the site where Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train struck and killed a trespasser on the railroad tracks. Since police on the scene wouldn’t allow anyone …

Column: Call Me the Other Mom, or Dad for Short

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I was walking across the street to collect my 3-year-old son, Hanno, when I overheard a neighbor boy taunt him for not having a father. I’d always wondered how I was going to broach this subject with Hanno. Suddenly it was floating at me in singsong across the …

Editorial: The Health Care Fix Is Not In

Friday, May 15, 2015

The U.S. health care system has been squeezing the country’s middle class for years. The passage of the Affordable Care Act has relieved some of the pressure, but there’s much more to do. With or without Obamacare, the issues are the same: access and cost. If losing your …

Column: What’s in a Domain Name? A Lot of Confusion

Friday, May 15, 2015

The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the web. But the alternative really dot-sucks. Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based nonprofit ICANN (the Internet Corporation …

Column: Fix the Lake Fairlee Dam

Friday, May 15, 2015

Over the course of many decades, the aging and deteriorating dam located on the outflow brook of Lake Fairlee, which controls as much as 9 feet of the water level in the lake, has continued to deteriorate; and the pace of that deterioration is accelerating. Recent engineering studies …

Column: Preserve the World’s Bio-Diverse Savannas

Friday, May 15, 2015

In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, other vast tropical ecosystems have come under increasing threat. These are the wet savannas, which have a mix of grasses, trees and shrubs and receive enough rainfall to grow crops. Farmers …

Column: It’s Not Sexist to Say Fiorina Is Unqualified

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy …