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Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Can Tweets Help the Police and Public Engage?

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the tiny town of Jun, Spain (population 3,000), meeting rooms in city hall have their own Twitter accounts. When residents want to reserve them, …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying …

Column: Illegal Drugs Aren’t as Dangerous as Scientists Say

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is America’s scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional …

Column: The Victim and the Abuser: A Love Story

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious. I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there’s no doubt: Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — …

Editorial: When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” So Joseph N. Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, famously inquired of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954. Those questions, and the nationally televised Army-McCarthy hearings in which they were posed, …

Column: Progressives Should Get Serious About Cutting Nation’s Debt

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is nothing progressive about red ink. This year, progressives will run on strengthening the economic recovery, reducing inequality, improving college affordability, promoting broad-based wage growth and making sure the most vulnerable among us are well cared for. And if we want all these to happen, we also …

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 …