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Taxing Questions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Editorial: Taxing Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few facts to keep in mind about New Hampshire’s “Medicaid Enhancement Tax”: It doesn’t have much to do with Medicaid. It doesn’t enhance health …

Column: The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier Last Sunday in church, we read, as has been our custom for several decades now, the so-called Passion of Christ: the story of the …

Column: Digging Into History Gets Tough With Cultural Property Laws

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Sotheby’s auction house — these are just some of the major institutions that have been forced to repatriate artworks in recent years. Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Cambodia have all successfully used their cultural property …

Editorial: Putin’s Power Grab

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s invasion and annexation of Crimea was highly objectionable by itself, but it raises even worse possibilities. What if it was merely the opening move in a sustained effort to bring areas that were part of the …

Column: A Marine Speaks Out About Gay Marriage

Friday, April 11, 2014

I slept with a gay man for six months in Afghanistan. No one asked. He did not tell. In 2005, I and 200 Marines in my squadron deployed to Afghanistan to support the global war on terrorism. We were stationed at Bagram air base, a deep bowl surrounded …

Column: Parents, You Don't Like Standardized Tests? Well, Get Over It

Friday, April 11, 2014

No, tests are not fun — but they’re necessary. Stepping on the bathroom scale can be nerve-racking, but it tells us if that exercise routine is working. Going to the dentist for a checkup every six months might be unpleasant, but it lets us know if there are …

Letter: Go for Bach

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The March 31 Bach-a-thon was great fun for the many who participated in celebrating Bach’s birthday. Special praise should go to Margaret Gilmore, who dreamed up and organized the 10-hour event — and to Our Savior Lutheran Church, which so graciously hosted us. There were …

Letter: Nelson’s Uneducated Logic

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: Steve Nelson’s recent column on charter schools (“Big Money Threatens American Education,” April 6) is a perfect example of what is wrong with the public policy dialogue in this country. To summarize the (lack of) logic in Mr. Nelson’s opinion piece: I, Steve Nelson, am …

Letter: We Are a Plutocracy

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The word “oligarchy” has appeared several times in the opinion pages. It’s a fair description of our government, but a better one comes to mind — “plutocracy,” which according to Webster’s dictionary is a “government by the wealthy” or a “controlling class of the wealthy.” …

Letter: Know What’s in Your Food

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: Vermont appears to be poised to become the first state to enact a law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Although Connecticut and Maine have passed laws to require GMO labeling, both state laws include “trigger clauses” that delay enactment until …

Column: Meteoric Rise of Airbnb Proves Worth of ‘Sharing Economy’

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Airbnb is all the talk on Wall Street. Its 30-something founders were nearly broke six years ago. Now it seems likely they will soon become billionaires. Their company, which connects 600,000 apartment dwellers and homeowners in 160 countries …

Editorial: Get On With the Jobs

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The American economy’s long, painful recovery from the Great Recession reached a milestone with last week’s report that American businesses added 192,000 jobs in March. With that, private sector payrolls reached a record 116.1 million, finally exceeding the peak set in January 2008. This is good news, but …