Opinion

Column: We Can Have Change Without Prosecution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seattle Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Michael Brown, according to the decision by a grand jury. It’s a …

Editorial: Gratitude Is Good for You

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving, and the expectation is that you will dish up at least a dollop of gratitude, even if it’s been a miserable year …

Column: Ferguson Case Held No Easy Path to Justice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome …

Forum, Nov. 20: Lessons of Life and Death; Sunapee Ski Area Needs to Grow; Poor Decisions in Hartford

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lessons of Life and Death To the Editor: This is a difficult letter to write, for it may tread on sacred ground. Now is the time to take that risk. Over my 25-year teaching career in Vermont, 10 of my 3,000 students have died young: by car, motorcycle …

Column: Time for U.S. to Upgrade Thinking on Nukes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The publicized mishaps — they shouldn’t be called scandals — in recent years by Air Force and Navy personnel in charge of nuclear weapons give the White House and Congress a chance to rethink the U.S. deterrence mission …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading …

Column: Joseph Kennedy’s Lesson for Pot Investors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big-time investors hoping to profit from America’s emerging business in legalized marijuana might see a bit of themselves in the historic example of Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of President John F. Kennedy. Back in 1933, the Kennedy patriarch made sure his liquor firm would be the first …

Willem Lange: Back at Camp, as an Observer

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hell Gate, N.H. Hell Gate seems like a strange name for a shrine, doesn’t it? But a shrine is what it is, for several of us here this week. Not quite on the order of the Ka’aba in Mecca, the Western Wall, Canterbury Cathedral or Santiago de Compostela. …

Forum, Nov. 19: No Bargain With Obama; Sour Grapes Served Sunday; Scouts Did a Good Deed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No Bargain With Obama To the Editor: Not long before the recent elections, President Obama stated that they would be a referendum on his policies. Now that the referendum is behind us, he has said that his policies and tactics will remain unchanged — this from the man …

Editorial: With the ACA, It Pays to Shop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Round 2 of the Affordable Care Act is now underway amid considerable uncertainty, both short- and long-term. So what else is new? The most immediate question about the 2015 open enrollment period, as staff writer Rick Jurgens reported Saturday, is whether the websites used by individuals to buy …

In Defeat, Nancy Pelosi Stays the Course

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

There are five 2014 House races still to be decided before we can answer a question of historical interest: Was this the worst election for House Democrats since 1928? Or merely their worst since 1946? Either way, the results do not reflect well on the House Democratic leader, …

Birthrate Is Just About Right in America

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The new demographic reality for the United States, Europe and many countries in Asia and Latin America is an aging population. Governments will face increasing financial pressure as the number of taxpayers shrinks and baby boomers retire. Many see a broad threat to their economies; some countries have …

Forum, Nov. 19: High Cost of Simple Medical Procedures; Co-op Protest; Clean Hands and Dirty Doors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why Health Costs Rise To the Editor: Each month, I visit the D-H Warfarin clinic on Heater Road for a blood reading to test blood clotting ability. If the number has varied significantly, I am scheduled to return the following week. The procedure is simple: One of the …