Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a …

Editorial: Transparency Needed at HCRS

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Speculating about others’ motives is a risky undertaking, so we’re hesitant to hazard a guess about why Allen Dougherty, the former board president of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, chose to disclose that the organization had made arrangements to tuck away money in deferred compensation …

Steve Nelson: Putting the Co-op Issues in Perspective

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I come to neither praise nor bury the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, aka the Co-op. But a little perspective might be helpful. There is a tendency among populists and progressives, admirably exercised by Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon, to champion the underdog, to shine light on injustice and …

Column: Despite What You Read, Nobody Knows How Many Rape Accusations Are False

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rape statistics are a mess. Rape is at the center of the national debate, and it’s no wonder: the Obama administration’s push to crack down on campus rapes through the Civil Rights Act, the notorious and retracted story …

Column: Solitary Confinement Makes Teenagers Depressed and Suicidal

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Washington The tragic suicide of 22-year old Kalief Browder shocked the country. Browder was arrested at 16 and spent years at the Rikers Island jail, including 800 days in solitary confinement. He was never tried or convicted of a crime. I, however, am no longer surprised by any …

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Darrin Bell, Glenn McCoy and Mike Marland. …

Forum: Fracking and Vermont; Tax Info on Nonprofits; Dogs and Cemeteries

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Energy Plantations in Vermont To the Editor: There is a broader issue that seems to have been overlooked so far in comments on the solar array proposed for Taftsville, and that is the influence of the carbon market. In our haste to make Vermont carbon-neutral, I fear that …

Friday, March 14, 2014

Editorial: Stalled in Congress

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The American public has low regard for Congress, whose approval rating has crawled up to a lackluster 19 percent of late. At least that’s better than the 9 percent of a couple of years ago, when the few lower-rated subjects included schoolyard bullies, the Kardashians and North Korea. …

Column: We Need a New Strategy in Iraq and Syria

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Washington It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct. We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, …

Column: Graduation Letter to My Grandson

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dear Carter, Here on my desk is a photo — yes, now an old photo of you when you were 3, climbing a bright white Vermont snow bank near your house, in yellow boots and a purple, one-piece snowsuit. A handsome little munchkin I could easily pick up …