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Editorial: The Drones of War

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama’s extraordinary revelation last week that two hostages — an American and an Italian — had been accidentally killed in January during a counterterrorism …

Column: The Center (and Left and Right) Will Not Hold

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washington The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. …

Column: Choose a Woman for U.N. Secretary-General

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Over the next year, the United Nations will make a critical choice. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends Dec. 31, 2016, and a new leader will …

Column: A Mortal Danger in Same-Sex Marriage?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Washington As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills. They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions. The logic is …

Willem Lange: On the Road Again; Just Can’t Wait to Be Back in My Own Bed

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oneonta, N.Y. This is our last night on the road — I hope. We should be pulling into our driveway in Vermont about midafternoon tomorrow. Sipping my evening coffee and looking around our room here at the Holiday Inn, I can’t help but reflect on the history of …

Column: Campaign Money Talk Is Safe for Clinton

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why has Hillary Clinton taken up campaign-finance reform as a big issue in her presidential campaign? Some people say she is trying to inoculate herself from attacks on her own campaign’s prodigious fundraising and on contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Others say it must be because campaign finance …

Forum, April 22: Co-op Votes Will Count; Bring Back Old Co-Op Values; Reconsidering Lincoln

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

About Co-op Voting To the Editor: I would like to address misinformation published in the Valley News regarding the disqualification of paper ballots submitted by Co-op members during the current board of directors election. In both a recent letter to the editor and in a transaction ad published …

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect the view on Main Street is quite different. But in any case, this debate may be one of the hinges on which the …

Column: California Demonstrates the GOP’s Demographic Problem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Los Angeles Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP here, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience. “California is the leading edge of the country’s …

Column: Partisanship Grows Sharper in ‘Tribal’ America

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Washington After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House. …

Forum: April 21: Hanover’s Gateway Proposal; Protect Kids From Concussions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hanover’s Gateway Proposal To the Editor: On May 12, Hanover voters will vote on a zoning amendment to create a new Gateway District on West Wheelock Street between the Ledyard Bridge and School Street. The proposal, approved by the planning board, would permit four-story apartment buildings up to …

Column: Christie’s Straight Talk About Social Security

Monday, April 20, 2015

Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to …