Opinion

Column: Rubio Stumbles and Falls in N.H. Primary

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Marco Rubio knows what he’s doing. A week ago, the youthful senator from Florida …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its …

Column: Cruz-Carson-Trump Circular Firing Squad

Friday, February 5, 2016

If you thought the GOP presidential race was veering back toward sanity after the Iowa caucuses, think again. Donald Trump went ballistic, demanding a new election in the Hawkeye State and accusing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of voter …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m …

Column: What If It Were Cruz versus Sanders in November?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote a column imagining an improbable contest for the presidency between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. This was a thought experiment that played with the idea that such a …

Editorial: N.H. Executive Council Should Reverse Planned Parenthood Decision

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Political life is rife with all sorts of dishonesty, but in some respects the worst is the intellectual variety. A notorious example is now playing out in the New Hampshire Executive Council, the five-member body that, among other duties, confirms gubernatorial appointees and approves all state contracts over …

Editorial: Ruling Out Senility on the Bench

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists …

Column: Clinton Has the Skills and Insight to Direct Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

Forum: A Woman, Not a Girl; What Women Expect: Dignity and Fairness

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Woman, Not a Girl To the Editor: Who writes your headlines, and what decade are they living in? I am referring to the headline, “Girl Power in Hanover,” above the story about Gloria Steinem’s visit to campaign for Hillary Clinton. It sounds like it should preface a …

Column: The GOP Establishment Has a Good Night

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waukee, Iowa The establishment struck back. The headlines will show that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses, but the more significant message out of Iowa was that Marco Rubio was neck-and-neck with Donald Trump for second place and …

Editorial: A Mayor to Remember

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The nation’s smallest state lost a larger-than-life figure last week with the death of Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci, the one-time Providence mayor who spent 21 years in office and 41/2 years in prison, which he later called “a vacation in a federally funded gated community.” Cianci loved politics …

Willem Lange: Thunder on the Right

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Montpelier I sit down to write by the west window. At this moment, farther west in Iowa, the precinct chairs, both Republican and Democratic, are fine-tuning the details of this evening’s party caucuses to decide the distribution of Iowa’s delegates to the nominating conventions of their respective persuasions. …