Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Latest Clinton Email Flap Isn’t a Scandal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server— is, or should …

Column: FDA Makes a Muddle of Nutrition Labels

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Since 1993, most packaged food sold in the U.S. has been required to include a Nutrition Facts label that lists the amount of fat, cholesterol, …

Editorial: Vermont Cuts Benefit for the Disabled

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some readers may have noted sharply contrasting stories in one edition of the Valley News last week. “Dartmouth Sets Donation Record,’’ said one headline, and …

Editorial: Speaking Freely

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When the results are finally in on election night, politicians are fond of saying, “ Well, the people have spoken.” Indeed they have, but that’s not all they are entitled to say, a point that seems to be increasingly lost on local officials in New Hampshire. In Alton, …

Column: Beware of Evidence You Wanted to Find

Monday, July 20, 2015

“No Irish Need Apply.” The signs are legendary in the collective memory of Irish Americans. Our ancestors were warned away from the jobs that were open only to “real Americans,” not to the Papist hordes streaming across the Atlantic, with their drinking and their brawling and their unsavory …

Column: The Iran Deal Is Worse Than I Feared

Monday, July 20, 2015

Washington When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday, the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. …

Editorial: Overtime, Overdue

Monday, July 20, 2015

Is a secretary or a mid-level office worker a manager? Most people probably wouldn’t think so, but the federal Fair Labor Standards Act begs to differ. Right now any salaried worker who makes more than $23,660 a year and whose duties include “the exercise of discretion and independent …

Column: Insuring Against Climate Catastrophe

Monday, July 20, 2015

Go Set a Watchman isn’t the only book this year that brings new perspective to an old story line. Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet should shift our narrative on climate change. The old story line: People need to worry about climate change because doubling …

Column: The French Revolution Is Shrouded in Myth

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Two hundred twenty-six years after the fall of the Bastille, the French Revolution stirs passions mostly among historians like myself. But many of the myths surrounding the revolution have proved difficult to extinguish. Even the name Bastille Day …

Editorial: Parade, Interrupted

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Who rained on Wells River’s Fourth of July parade? Even this newspaper’s best investigatory efforts to find out have been frustrated by serial finger-pointing among state officials, law enforcement authorities and parade organizers. Perhaps the only positive note in the whole affair is that all those involved have …

Steve Nelson: More Sanders, Less Trump

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What does Bernie Sanders have to do to be taken seriously? This week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the growing field of GOP candidates. He is apparently a favorite of the notorious Koch brothers, who plan to spend about $1 billion to influence the 2016 presidential election. In …

Roaring 20s Series: Dylan Nicholas; ‘All I Have to Do Is Just Believe’

Sunday, July 19, 2015

For self-described “Georgia boy” Dylan Nicholas, church and faith were central to his successful transition to the Upper Valley with his wife, Aimee, in their early 20s. “It felt like home very, very quick to me. I think …

Column: Harvard Law School Classmates Meet Again, in Very Different Circumstances

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Washington The judge settled his gaze on the homeless man accused of sleeping beside an office building in downtown Washington. It was a Saturday afternoon in early April at D.C. Superior Court, and Alfred Postell, a diagnosed schizophrenic, …