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Opinion

Column: That Doomed Expedition to Discover the Northwest Passage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montpelier The recent discovery in the Canadian Arctic of what is certainly one of the lost ships of the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition has our …

Editorial: Live and Learn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re all for practical experimentation in campus living, especially if it aims to divert students from beer pong, binge drinking and other problematical, if popular, …

Column: Voiceless Brits and the Fate of the Union

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To misquote Winston Churchill, this is not the end of the beginning. But it is, perhaps, the beginning of the end. The United Kingdom might …

Column: Fair-Circuit Animals Have a Lousy Summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My friends and family are lamenting the end of summer, but all I feel is a deep sense of relief. As the season winds down, so do state and county fairs. It’s been a long, hot summer for animals used as midway props, and for them, autumn can’t …

Forum, Sept. 11: Justice, but No Seat; Bye-Bye Birdies?; Help Chad Denning’s Family

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice, but No Place to Sit To the Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 4, I was at the District Court in White River Junction participating in a jury draw for upcoming trials. For some reason, the court staff had assembled a much larger group of prospective jurors than normal. …

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editorial: An Open Discussion in Norwich

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s challenging to deconstruct small-town disputes, in which issues, personalities and history make the simple immensely complicated. A case in point is the recent conflict between the Selectboard, or at least one member, and the town manager in Norwich. At the Aug. 27 Selectboard meeting, Selectwoman Linda Cook …

Column: A Bold Move for the President: Visit Iran

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Obama has vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State, or ISIS. That will be difficult without boots on the ground, and if those boots are American, it means a major war in Iraq and Syria. Furthermore, …

Willem Lange: The Easy Life and Comfortable Times of Our Inscrutable Cat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The sun has slipped far enough down the southern sky that here, at the equinox, it shines in through the big gable window and warms the living room floor for several hours before and after noon — just as it was designed to do. The patch of sunlit …

Forum, Sept. 10: Enfield Dog Park; Stricter Bike Rules; The South Is Coming North

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enfield Dog Park Has Its Day To the Editor: We are pleased to announce that the Mascoma Valley Dog Park Supporters have raised almost $60,000 to build a dog park adjacent to the Shaker Recreation Park on Route 4A in Enfield. The dog park will be free and …

Monday, September 8, 2014

Editorial: Policing The Police?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Most of the attention paid to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last month has centered on the racial dimension: the deceased was black, while the officer is white. As civil unrest sparked by the shooting has faded and a …

Column: E-Cigarettes Need Regulatory Oversight

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug — but it’s not, or hasn’t been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows. For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage …