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Opinion

Column: American Dream Isn’t Dead Yet

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently. “Today, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans believe that our kids will have a …

Column: Walk in Lebanon for Campaign Finance Reform

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers with a hacky sack were passing the time …

Editorial: Military, Police, Weapons

Friday, May 22, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some …

Editorial: What Do Voters Want?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What do voters want? That question has challenged and vexed decision-makers for years. Various methodologies have been used — instinct, talk overheard at the diner, the now-discredited consensus of the old boy’s club — but it strikes us that divining the will of the people can be as …

Column: Hillary’s Resume Is Good Enough

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

No one knows how Hillary Clinton will do as president, if she gets the chance. But we do know she is probably the best qualified presidential candidate ever, at least when it comes to checking off relevant boxes. This comes up today because Joseph Epstein, a writer for …

Willem Lange: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, and Still Far to Go

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montpelier It was a pretty quiet Mother’s Day around here: no kids sneaking up the stairs in the early light with coffee, juice and breakfast on a tray with a flower floating in a custard cup. No homemade greeting cards that will be saved forever. In fact, no …

Forum, May 13: Questions for Christie; Proud Co-op Worker; Support After a Suicide

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tough Questions for Christie To the Editor: Thanks for your fine report on Chris Christie’s visit to One Mile West in Sunapee (“Christie Comes to Chat,” May 8). Though he may be able to avoid responding to questions about Bridgegate, he’ll also face questions about New Jersey’s sinking …

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Editorial: Brady, Deflated

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is being punished. Yesterday, the National Football League announced its sentence in deflategate: a four-game suspension for Brady, a $1 million fine for the team and the loss of draft picks. A special investigator told the league last week that Brady was …

Column: Conservative Surprise in Britain

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Washington Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time. Neither the polls …

Forum, May 12: Did You See These Troops?; Amazed in Enfield; Happy Cows in Vermont

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Did You See These Troops? To the Editor: My name is James Pratt. My father, Charles A. Pratt, was in the 366th Infantry Regiment, a “colored” infantry regiment, from the time it was organized at Fort Devens, Mass., in March 1941, before the U.S. entered the war, until …

Column: Tom Brady Must Pay

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Washington The quarterback arrived at Salem State University by helicopter to adoring, cheering crowds. “Most famous witch hunt victims in Salem?” read one sign. “Bridget Bishop. Rebecca Nurse. Tom Brady.” Oh, please. I don’t care much about football in general or Deflategate in particular. At least I hadn’t …

Column: Shame of ‘Separate and Unequal’ Remains

Monday, May 11, 2015

In July 1966, James Baldwin published A Report from Occupied Territory, a despairing essay in The Nation contemplating race relations in American cities. Describing the deep sense of alienation and despair in the black community, Baldwin wrote: “The …