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Opinion

Friday, January 30, 2015

Editorial: Rehab, Not Arrests, May Win the Drug War

Saturday, January 31, 2015

With the long-running war on drugs having proved about as effective as America’s adventures in the Middle East — Operation Quagmire — it was refreshing …

Column: The Oversized Appeal of Little Libraries, in Hanover and Elsewhere

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hanover’s Little Free Library, not much bigger than a breadbox and perched on a post outside Town Hall, was well stocked the day I peered …

Editorial: Deflated Expectations for the Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Judging by the intensity of the discussion, we might have expected to hear by now that the New England Patriots were complicit in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but no, America — or a goodly portion of it — has been obsessing this week about the proper care …

City of Paris Might Have a Defamation Case Against Fox News

Monday, January 26, 2015

American commentators were quick to dismiss Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s threat to sue Fox News over its false and mistaken claims that certain areas of the city were “no-go zones” for non-Muslims. It’s true that Fox News doesn’t broadcast in France, and also true that in the U.S. …

Friday, January 23, 2015

Editorial: Big Money and a Lack of Transparency

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years ago , the Supreme Court turned a corner on campaign finance. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court held that corporations could undertake unrestricted independent spending in election campaigns, overturning decades of restrictions on corporate money in politics by saying that the money represented …

Column: President’s Speech Omitted Looming Entitlement Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This …

Column: Like It or Not, There’s Good News

Friday, January 23, 2015

Washington “This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are …

Column: Here Come the ‘Class Warfare’ Attacks on Obama

Friday, January 23, 2015

Albert Hunt For Bloomberg News Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, leveled the “class warfare” charge in describing President Barack Obama’s …

Forum, Jan. 23: Outstanding Piece of Journalism; ‘Valley News’ Cowardice; Taxing Wealthy Vermonters

Friday, January 23, 2015

Outstanding Piece of Journalism To the Editor: The article “Under the Gun” by John Lippman in the Sunday Valley News is an outstanding piece of journalism. In-depth and thoroughly researched, the story was clear and informative with not a word too many or too few. The graphics were …

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Editorial: Hartford’s Recycling Program Is Not a Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In response to a new state law designed to increase recycling in Vermont, the Hartford Selectboard is proposing to . . . dismantle the town’s successful curbside recycling program. Why? Don’t ask us. No persuasive rationale has been articulated so far for doing so. Selectman Ken Parker, who …