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Opinion

Editorial: Solitary Confinement Is Often an Injustice

Monday, July 6, 2015

“Violently insane,” the Supreme Court wrote in 1890 of prisoners who had experienced solitary confinement. “The edge of madness, perhaps . . . madness itself,” Justice Anthony Kennedy echoed 125 years later. Justice Kennedy’s concurring …

Column: Stop Paying for Dumb Science Research

Monday, July 6, 2015

The National Science Foundation too often shortchanges American taxpayers by funding low-value, low-priority social science projects. Here are some doozies: the veiling-fashion industry in Turkey, …

Column: Cars Endanger Kids and Pets in Summer

Monday, July 6, 2015

It had been a long night for Jimmy and Hector, two K9 officers with Florida’s Hialeah Police Department. Following their overnight shift on May 27, …

Sunday Forum: The Story of a Linden Tree; Guns and Flags; Responding to Bad Business Practices

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Linden Tree Has a Storied Past To the Editor: It was such fun to discover from a photo caption accompanying “Bearing Witness to the Trees” on June 21 that the linden tree at the former Evarts’ property in Windsor is a “State Champion Linden Tree.” It is an …

Editorial: The Man Who Dreamed Up the Pink Flamingos

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Upper Valley and many other locales would be bereft of flamingos if it weren’t for Donald Featherstone. Thanks to him, the world is a more colorful place — specifically, a tropical shade of pink. Featherstone, who died …

Column: The Confederate Flag Is Lowered

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Washington After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk …

Column: Court Saves GOP From Itself

Saturday, June 27, 2015

With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law …

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Editorial: Invest in America the Beautiful

Friday, June 26, 2015

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesties? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes …

Column: HCRS Is Providing Transparency

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent coverage of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in the Valley News has created several impressions that call for clarification. In news articles and editorials the newspaper has discussed losses HCRS incurred in a failed …

Column: Reframe the Argument About Guns

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washington Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying …

Column: Some Cultures Work More, Others Value Leisure

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why do people in some countries work more hours? The most common explanations have to do with labor regulations and taxes, but anyone who travels frequently will notice that work and leisure are valued differently in different places. If this sounds like prejudice, consider the findings of two …

Forum: Don’t Make the Infamous Famous; Fracked Gas Isn’t Clean; The Folly of Policy Governance

Friday, June 26, 2015

Don’t Make the Infamous Famous To the Editor: I understand that the media have a responsibility to report news. They should not make perpetrators of horrendous crimes into celebrities. Yes, celebrities — photos on the front page of newspapers and featured online, detailed description of their lives and …