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Column: Clinton Gets Specific on Corporate Reforms

Saturday, August 1, 2015

By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic …

Editorial: Seuss in the News

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It’s good news for children, and those who read to them, that a lost Dr. Seuss work has been rediscovered, and that contains nothing like …

Column: Death Panel Hoax Is Put to Rest

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington Sometimes it’s good news when a story isn’t news. Such was the case when Medicare announced in early July that it intended to reimburse …

Editorial: A Poor Check-Up for Planet Earth

Friday, July 24, 2015

The climate got its annual physical last week, and the results were not good. The comprehensive report, compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that last year was the warmest in the 135-year record of modern temperature measurement. One very hot year doesn’t prove that the …

Column: The Case for the Iran Deal

Friday, July 24, 2015

When President Obama took office, he faced an Iran that had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle, had constructed a covert uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain, was on its way to installing nearly 20,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment, was developing advanced centrifuges and was building a heavy-water reactor …

Column: Patchwork Ethics, or Are Quilters Stealing?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Did I plagiarize a quilt? The design was lovely: three patchworked ribbons twisting around each other and blending where they intersected. The moment I saw it on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. I clicked: only more photos. No pattern to buy, no directions to download, …

Forum: Kudos to Windsor Library Director; Positive Steps in Cornish; Don’t Swallow Those Sound Bites

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kudos to Library Director To the Editor: The Windsor Public Library Board of Trustees is both pleased and proud to announce that Director Christine Porter ​has been elected the vice president of the public libraries section of the Vermont Libraries Association. She will take on the role of …

Wisdom of The Jester?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As promised in this space yesterday, we now return to the regularly scheduled noise of the 2016 presidential campaign, albeit in the hope of distinguishing the signal from the noise made by and about Donald Trump. Remarkably, Trump …

Kasich Offers GOP a Path to the White House

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If the Republicans want to save themselves from the demolition derby of their presidential primary race, they would flock to the side of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kasich stands out in the field. He broke records in his …

Yes, Philosophy Could Trend on Facebook

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Academic philosophers tend to have a narrow view of what is valuable philosophical work. Hiring, tenure, promotion and prestige depend mainly on one’s ability to produce journal articles in a particular theoretical, abstract style, mostly in reaction to a small group of canonical and 20th century figures, for …

Forum: Woodstock’s Meter Problem; Advantages of a Union; Dangers of an Isolated Elite

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Woodstock’s Meter Problem To the Editor: Once again, a complaint has been aired about the parking meters in our lovely town. Sonja Hakala’s letter (“Parking Violation in Woodstock,” July 21) is simply the most recent in a continuing, if intermittent, series of complaints about these archaic machines. As …

Column: From One Billionaire to Another

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I’m worth $10 billion. There, I’ve said it and it feels good. I’ve always been hesitant about disclosing my wealth, largely because going public creates a lot of problems that average Americans aren’t familiar with: cold calls from …

Willem Lange: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True ...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier Many years ago (Good grief! Was it almost half a century?), during my days as a high school English teacher, the sophomores and I were briefly studying advertising. One morning, quite casually, I mentioned that the school maintenance people were concerned about air circulation in the classrooms. …