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Opinion

Column: We Can Stop The Worst People on Earth

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid …

Editorial: A College Drops Out

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In March 2013, Ron Biron, the president of Lebanon College, said on a public access TV show that he’d heard this question from several local …

Column: Inequality in Suburbia: Ferguson Isn’t Alone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The current turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., follows the trajectory of urban riots in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. They typically begin …

Sunday Forum: Chain-Link Blues in Quechee; Corporate Personhood Isn’t New; Erosion of Local Control in Vermont Schools; Contraceptive Coverage in New Hampshire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

At Least Replace the Fence To the Editor: While we wait to make a decision whether to go ahead with pocket parks at the entrance to the Quechee bridge, may I suggest replacing the hideous chain-link fence with a continuation of the metal fence that was installed on …

Editorial: Changing Managers in Vermont State Government

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little more than a week after the Shumlin administration gave the boot to the main developer of the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website, the other shoe dropped — on Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Exactly why Racine was dismissed Monday was not specified …

Column: Roll Back the Militarization of the Police

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The most striking photographs from Ferguson, Mo., weren’t of Saturday’s demonstrations or Sunday night’s riots; they were of the police. Image after image shows officers clad in Kevlar vests, helmets and camouflage, armed with pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles …

Column: Airstrikes in Iraq Will Lose Effectiveness

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the winter of 1951, President Dwight Eisenhower reluctantly allowed the French army to employ American napalm against the Viet Minh at the Battle of Vinh Yen. The effect was electric. Enemy soldiers were petrified: “The bomb falls closely behind us, and I feel its fiery breath,” a …

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Situation That Had to End To the Editor: The editorial “Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket” in the Sunday Valley News Aug. 3 was excellent. “Let them eat cake!” “Hell, no,” said the customers. At my age, nearly 80, like many others, I have been there when …

U.S. Has A Chance to Stop the Islamic State

Friday, August 15, 2014

It would be wrong to view President Obama’s decision to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and to give weapons to Kurdish fighters as a continuation of the war in Iraq. It is more accurate to …

Editorial: A Bumper Crop Of Car Loans

Friday, August 15, 2014

The U.S. auto market is booming, with new car sales on track to hit 16.5 million in 2014, the best year since 2006. On the whole, this is great for the economy, since more demand for cars means more jobs in automobile manufacturing, sales and service. It’s a …

Column: Whistleblowers Say Patients Were Hospitalized Unnecessarily

Friday, August 15, 2014

What kind of people would knowingly expose someone to the risk of infection just to make a buck? Read carefully the allegations underlying the recent $97 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Health Systems and that question may be answered. Responding to lawsuits brought …

Column: Pot Arrests Remain Significant

Friday, August 15, 2014

Skyrocketing incarceration rates for nonviolent drug offenders have come to symbolize the futility of the national “war on drugs.” Even the most ardent drug legalization opponents are beginning to view drug use through the lens of public health, rather than criminal justice. This shift in focus is evident …

Column: Putin Puts Russian Foodies on a War Footing

Friday, August 15, 2014

Russians are about to lose access to virtually all food imported from the West — which is to say, a significant portion of the food that Russians consume. President Vladimir Putin ordered the ban on imports to retaliate …