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Opinion

Willem Lange: All Aboard for the Mount Washington Summit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway There’s always an air of slightly anxious anticipation among the crowds of people waiting to board the passenger cars of the …

Editorial: A Welcome Decline in Vermont Prison Population

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A population decline is not generally a positive development for a state, but an exception hit the news last week: The number of Vermonters incarcerated …

Column: The Right’s Own Political Correctness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washington Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something …

Column: So Many GOP Candidates, So Little Room

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington “If you can’t take a joke,” Lindsey Graham has said, “don’t run for president.” Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke — which is why he …

Editorial: Judgment Calls

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It appears that just about everybody running for president in 2016 now agrees about at least one thing: The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake. This consensus includes not only Hillary Clinton, who voted as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the war, but also …

Column: GMOs Are Safe, and State Labeling Laws Are Unnecessary

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Science, innovation, safety and affordability. Who could oppose United States food policy based on these core principles? Unfortunately, this idea has become unnecessarily controversial in agriculture. The unmerited fear of genetically modified organism crops threatens scientific advancements in biotechnology needed to meet the growing global demand for safe …

Column: Test Upper Valley Well Water for Arsenic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

While thousands of Lebanon residents recently scrambled to boil water in response to fears about e-coli bacteria in the municipal water supply, some of their rural neighbors may have appreciated their private well water, perhaps even offering to top off their less fortunate friends’ bottles. What Upper Valley …

Column: It’s Spring, and the Birds Are Back in Town

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Montpelier Harry Woodpecker and his current partner are setting up housekeeping somewhere very nearby, and they’re eating me out of house and home. The suet is disappearing almost as fast as I can load it in. But they’re …

Editorial: Digital Disruption and Vermont PBS

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In 1995, then-House speaker Newt Gingrich called for the privatization of the Public Broadcasting System. He and other conservatives claimed that the explosion of new cable channels such as History, Arts and Entertainment and Bravo had made highbrow — and suspected left-leaning — PBS redundant. Twenty years later, …

Column: Faith Declines; What About Political Influence?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don’t expect any official “Atheists for Hillary” outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans. It’s not because top Democrats are irreligious; both President Obama and Hillary Clinton are persons of faith. But liberals welcomed the findings of …

Forum, May 20:War, in Hindsight; Hillary Clinton’s Qualifications; When Men Win, Do Women Lose?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

War, in Hindsight To the Editor: It would be humorous if it were not so sad. Republicans around the country, and some Democrats, are confessing that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq if they had known then what they know now. They claim faulty intelligence, …

Column: Train Travel is Safe ­— Very Safe

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With the loss of eight lives, last week’s train crash in Philadelphia is of course a national tragedy. It’s crucial to understand why the accident occurred and to take steps to make such tragedies less likely in the …

Editorial: Look for the GMO Label

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vermont officials appear optimistic that the state’s new GMO-labeling law, the first of its kind in the nation, will withstand a pending legal challenge from the food industry. Indeed, there are grounds for such optimism. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss denied a preliminary injunction sought …