Opinion

Gerard Rosa, the Snail Pope, presides over the annual dinner hosted by the Brotherhood of the Burgundy Snail, one of the many food clubs devoted to local products in the region. (Mark Lilienthal photos)

Column: Pride of Place, Pride of Plate, in Vermont and France

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Like many who hail from the Green Mountain State, I enjoy sharing local food with family, friends and strangers. Whether cutting thick slices of Shelburne …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the …

Column: Libertarian Roots and Ideals of the Internet Have Come to Naught

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and easy access to …

Column: ‘Prisons Without Bars’ Could Cut Costs

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Washington You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we’re home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than one in every 10 American men has …

Column: The Sea Offers a Big Wave of Green Energy

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yesterday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s a reminder that, in the drive to switch more of the …

Forum, March 21: The Iran Letter; Sweet Irony in Montpelier; Roads Less Traveled in Mud Season

Saturday, March 21, 2015

America and Iran: Some Reminders To the Editor: The open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran begins with a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution and ends with a warning that any agreement regarding nuclear weapons between the presidents of the United States and …

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Editorial: America Lags in R&D

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States is losing its edge. It is surrendering the research and development advantage that has fueled its economy for six decades. China now performs more R&D than the United States, and South Korea and Germany have greater annual growth in R&D expenditures. For all of Silicon …

Column: N.H. Fails on Minimum Wage

Friday, March 20, 2015

The test of our faith to our values is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much, it is whether we provide opportunity for those who have little. Tests of faith are never easy. They challenge us to examine our conscience and …

Column: Good Day for Netanyahu, but Not for Israel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Washington Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals. Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s …

Column: Origins of the Logan Act

Friday, March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a week since 47 Senate Republicans sent that letter to Tehran, and commentators can’t get enough of asking: What about the Logan Act? The law, passed by Congress and signed by President John Adams …

Forum, March 20: Bastions of Rampant Socialism; My Statement About the Co-op; Low Wages Are Not Always Bad

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bastions of Rampant Socialism To the Editor: I read with great interest the March 5 Forum letter, “The Taxing Ways of Vermont.” As a resident of Vermont’s neighbor to the east, I was stuck by the similarities between the behavior that has been driving Vermont into ruin and …

Thursday, March 19, 2015