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Opinion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Editorial: The Girth of a Nation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Economics is sometimes called the dismal science, but the study of weight loss is nearly as dreary. A recent story in this newspaper, however, seemed …

Column: Beware a Republican-Controlled Congress

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With two weeks to go until the midterms, and with polls pointing to the prospect that Republicans could take control of the Senate, the stakes …

Forum, Oct. 15: Hartford Needs Artificial Turf?; Kevin Pearce Talk in Lebanon; Blather From Educators

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hartford Needs Artificial Turf? To the Editor: Do Hartford voters really want to further burden the budget and cause greater pressure on our already stressed educational programs to gain artificial turf on our football field? Neither Coach Stone, nor anyone on the athletic staff or townspeople came before …

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Editorial: Suppressing The Vote

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The nation is about to hold a midterm congressional election that, if history is any indication, will see substantially lower turnout — and therefore results that are substantially less representative of the country at large — than votes in presidential years. Responsible politicians should be doing all they …

Column: Heavy Use of Antibiotics by Farms Could Be Bad for Humans

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donald Kennedy, a Stanford University biology professor, had been commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for less than two months in 1977 when he plunged into a difficult scientific and political debate that remains unresolved today. Kennedy wanted to cut back on the widespread use of antibiotics …

Column: The Voters Tune Out As Money Floods In

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics …

Column: So Here’s the Problem With Using ‘Redskins’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As a mixed-blood Muscogee/Creek Indian, I would like to commend Washington, D.C.’s professional football team on its tasteful logo. The American Indian in profile with two eagle feathers is dignified and respectful. I would also like to assure the people of Cleveland that I take no umbrage at …

Forum: Tuesday, Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What Welch Has Contributed To the Editor: At a time when more jobs require education beyond high school, it is becoming difficult to afford a college education. We in Vermont are privileged to have a member of the House of Representatives who understands what needs to be done …

Where Is the World as Sierra Leone Suffers?

Monday, October 13, 2014

In late September, Sierra Leone embarked on a three-day national shutdown for an Ebola house-to-house sensitization, deploying thousands of government staff, NGO workers and volunteers in an attempt to identify Ebola infections and educate a frightened public about …

Column: Lift Supreme Court’s Veil of Secrecy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Every year the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are faced with about 7,500 writs of certiorari seeking appellate review of lower court decisions, granting only 75 to 80. It takes four justices to grant a writ, though amazingly that rule is nowhere written down and the justices …

Column: FCC Is Right to Worry About Comcast Merger

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three years ago, cable titan John Malone — chairman of Liberty Global, the largest cable company in the world — said that when it comes to high-capacity data connections in the United States, “cable’s pretty much a monopoly now.” Last month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proved …