Opinion

Kate Millett, left, author of the best selling feminist tract "Sexual Politics" listens as writer Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970.  (AP Photo)

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of …

Column: The U.S. Isn’t Going to Fall Like Rome Did

Saturday, January 30, 2016

People who are worried about the future of the U.S. often find parallels with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And oh the parallels there are! Here are a few I dredged up in a brief Internet search: easy monetary policy, excessive bureaucracy, entitlement spending, income …

Column: American Climate Refugees Are on the Move

Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

Forum: When Dartmouth Beat Harvard; Trump’s Service to the Nation; Pull Plug on Fracking

Saturday, January 30, 2016

When Dartmouth Beat Harvard To the Editor: As my sharp-eyed neighbor pointed out to me, no British, Italian or Russian troops fought at Verdun, and the U.S. would not declare war for almost 14 months; the first sentence of Jaime Seaton’s Nugget history (Sunday Valley News, Jan. 24) …

Column: End Times in Iowa

Friday, January 29, 2016

Keosauqua, Iowa “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from this abyss.” When Sen. Ted Cruz closed his prayerful plea to a crowd of about 150 people here late Tuesday night, the “abyss” he had …

Editorial: False Accusation Against Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 29, 2016

‘We must go where the evidence leads us.” So explained a Texas district attorney about why an investigation into alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood ended instead with charges against Planned Parenthood’s accusers. By adhering to the facts, prosecutors and grand jurors set a model of behavior that puts …

Column: O’Malley Is a Serious Candidate; Let’s Take Him Seriously

Friday, January 29, 2016

Well, somebody has to do it. Somebody has to write about Martin O’Malley. He’s a serious person, with serious things to say, and it’s a travesty that he hasn’t gotten more coverage. In this election, two big issues …

Column: Longstreet Is a Civl War General Who Deserves a Monument

Friday, January 29, 2016

Born in 1821 in South Carolina, James Longstreet graduated from West Point in 1842 and served with distinction in the Mexican War. As the officer corps split along sectional lines, he joined the Confederacy in 1861, eventually rising …

Forum: Thanks, Chief Locke; Restrain Your Dogma; The Candidates Debate

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thanks, Chief Locke To the Editor: In the wake of a transition this week in the town of Hartford, I want to send a fond farewell and a note of appreciation to Steve Locke, interim town manager, previous public safety director/fire chief, and always, friend. He and I …

Column: Sanders Is the Rational Choice

Thursday, January 28, 2016

As the Iowa caucuses near, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders have released TV ads that together echo a popular theme in the mainstream media. Clinton’s ad depicts the job of the presidency as tough and change as …

Editorial: Local Option Tax Makes Sense for Hartford

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s the brave politician indeed who advocates imposing a new tax in this day and age, especially one previously rejected at the polls. But that is precisely what Hartford Selectboard members are doing in asking voters to adopt a 1 percent local option tax on hotel rooms, restaurant …