Opinion

Striking FairPoint workers picket in front of their office, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Concord, N.H. More than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike demanding that the company return to the bargaining table.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

FairPoint Workers Deserve Our Support

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the United Church of Christ, and in other Christian denominations, we are in the midst of the season of Advent, a time of expectation …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold …

For Cops, Ignorance of the Law Is an Excuse

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Well, you heard it here first: Ignorance of the law is an excuse, so long as you’re the police. Or so the U.S. Supreme Court …

Editorial: Raising the Roof in Hartford

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

White River Junction certainly isn’t known for its skyline, but Hartford’s historic railroad village suddenly has more architectural upside. New York and Chicago won’t have to sweat the competition; the Hartford Selectboard increased the maximum height of buildings in certain zones from 40 feet to 60 feet — …

Willem Lange: We Found a Place in the Middle of Nowhere, and It’s Lovely

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Montpelier Snow is floating past the office window as I write. It’s perfect weather for what I’ve been doing for the last couple of days: plowing through the early stages of a travel book and giving thanks for the invention of the word processor. I have some photocopied …

Owner Betrays ‘New Republic’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Washington At a 40th-birthday party in July for Franklin Foer, editor of the New Republic, the magazine’s young owner, Chris Hughes, got all choked up as he pledged to the roomful of writers at Foer’s country home in Pennsylvania that the two would be “intellectual partners for decades.” …

Acid Reflux In the White House

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

President Obama reportedly had a mysterious sore throat for weeks, but now the diagnosis is in: acid reflux into the throat, also called airway reflux or LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). This puts the president in good company. Since 1975, the occurrence of reflux has increased 400 percent (almost one …

Forum, Dec. 10: Netanyahu Overreaches; Take Advantage of Solar Rebate; Tax Bombshell in Vermont

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Netanyahu Has Overreached To the Editor: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has brought his country to the brink of chaos. Despite Israel’s draconian security apparatus, Israeli Jews are regularly being attacked and killed by Israeli Arabs; Arabs are being attacked and killed by Jewish settlers in the occupied …

Column: Garner Case Brings Rare Moment of Unity

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Washington The words, spoken about the Eric Garner travesty in New York, were righteous and powerful. “When you look at what they did to this guy and putting him in a chokehold like that, it’s inexcusable — absolutely …

Column: Ferguson Grand Jury’s Finding Was Proper

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A friend emailed last week with a question: “You said that you were reserving your (Ferguson) opinion until you read the evidence. What do you say now?” Fair enough. In an August column I wrote: “If there is so much we don’t know, why are so many committed …

Column: Football Stories Make Me Wonder: Have We Lost Our Senses?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sometimes the poignancy and irony of adjacent newspaper stories seem, to me at least, more obvious in print than on the Web. Here’s an example: Last week the sports section of my local paper carried this story: “Petty …

Forum, Dec. 9: Something Special at La Salette; Stop Badmouthing the Co-op; Save Energy, Vermonters

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Something Special at La Salette To the Editor: I had the pleasure and honor to serve for nearly 15 years as the secretary at Holy Redeemer Church in West Lebanon, working with and for La Salette fathers and brothers. The La Salette fathers and brothers are a special …

Editorial: A Long Way To Prosperity

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Blockbuster” and “spectacular” are not words normally used to describe reports by government agencies, but analysts could hardly contain themselves Friday when the Labor Department reported that employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the largest monthly increase in three years, and that average hourly earnings rose by 0.4 …