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Opinion

A Simple Carbon Plan

Monday, September 1, 2014

A prominent member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It’s only 28 pages long, it’s market-based, and it would put money into …

Column: Rick Perry Works to Forget All That

Monday, September 1, 2014

It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run …

Column: Attack on Teacher Tenure Is an Attack on Blacks

Monday, September 1, 2014

After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began …

Editorial: A College Drops Out

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In March 2013, Ron Biron, the president of Lebanon College, said on a public access TV show that he’d heard this question from several local residents: “What is your brand, or your market?” That seemed surprising, Biron said, since the college had been here since 1956, founded, he …

Column: Inequality in Suburbia: Ferguson Isn’t Alone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The current turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., follows the trajectory of urban riots in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. They typically begin with an incident of racially tinged police abuse. Outraged members of the black …

Forum, Aug. 23: Candidates; Rick Perry; the Co-Op; and Bees

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Need Speaks Volumes To the Editor: Weathersfield Proctor Library has not been expanded since it was built in 1902. Perhaps more people would use it if it was bigger. I have taken my children there for functions and you sit on top of other people. I cannot …

Column: Hope and Change, As in Climate Change

Friday, August 22, 2014

A few years ago, I discovered my undergraduates had informally renamed my Intro to Environmental Studies class. They called it “Environmental Depression.” I’ve been teaching college undergraduates about the environment for 20 years. Like many others, I focus …

Editorial: Prosecuting Politicians

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are many fair grounds on which to criticize Rick Perry’s performance as governor of Texas: his rejection of federal funding for Medicaid expansion and his grandstanding deployment of the state’s National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, to name just two. But the list does not include …

Column: A Fairer Way to Elect House Members

Friday, August 22, 2014

In the original conception of our Constitution, the House of Representatives was to be the branch of government that best reflected the will of the people. House members cannot serve without being elected — vacancies are not filled by appointees — and they must face the voters every …

Forum: Aug. 22: No to Glenn McCoy; Yes to Shawn Braley; Worthy Candidates

Friday, August 22, 2014

Glenn McCoy’s Nasty Scratchings To the Editor: I strongly agree in principle with those who defend the publication of Glenn McCoy’s nasty scratchings. I too am interested in all points of view that are relevant, offered in good faith, and based on appropriate evidence. Subversive imagination also makes …

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editorial: Demilitarize The Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Images of heavily armed police officers equipped with armored vehicles and other military gear confronting demonstrators who were protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have focused public attention at last on one of the …

Column: Obama Tests Limits on Executive Orders

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His …