Opinion

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect …

Column: California Demonstrates the GOP’s Demographic Problem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Los Angeles Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what …

Forum, April 14: Republicans Have a Point; Price of Exporting Oil; Vanishing Bees

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Congress Flexes Its Muscles To the Editor: Republicans in Congress, worried about President Obama’s talks with Iran on nuclear weapons, recently warned Iran about signing an agreement. To add insult to injury, the Republican Speaker of the House invited the leader of Israel to speak before Congress about …

Column: A Risky Deal With Iran

Monday, April 13, 2015

The framework concluded last week on Iran’s nuclear program was doomed to disagreement. Even the “fact sheets” issued by the United States, France and Iran — all parties to the talks — didn’t agree on the facts. Israel …

Column: Feeling Sad? Embrace Your Emotional Pain

Monday, April 13, 2015

“Can you believe how cold it was this winter? It was so bad that I had to increase my antidepressants.” “I think I’m going to have to do that too.” I recently overheard this conversation while dining at a restaurant and sat there in partial disbelief — but …

Editorial: Pandering to the Elderly

Monday, April 13, 2015

As the 2016 campaign approaches, the hot idea in Democratic Party circles is to increase Social Security benefits. Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., staged a vote on a “sustainable expansion” resolution in the Senate, garnering 42 “yeas” and laying down a new orthodoxy from which only two …

Column: Lawmakers Should Stay Out of Medical Consulting

Monday, April 13, 2015

So-called conversion therapies to make gay people straight are based on poor science or none, and President Obama was right to condemn them. But the president was wrong to encourage the passage of more laws like the one in California that bans the use of such therapy on …

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternatives for Panhandlers To the Editor: Alex Hartov’s April 9 Forum letter said, “Shame on you, Lebanon Police Department,” in reference to its request to the City Council to ban panhandling on Route 12A in West Lebanon, suggesting that this is unkind. Mr. Hartov is right that, as …

Column: The Genius of Robert Schuller

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If you want to understand the success and the popularity of evangelicalism in America, you could do a lot worse than consider the life and career of Robert H. Schuller. According to a recent survey by the Public …

Editorial: Don’t Just Rescue Opioid Addicts, Treat Them

Sunday, April 12, 2015

With New England in the grip of an opioid addiction crisis, much attention is being focused on naloxone, a relatively easy-to-administer drug that saves lives by reversing the deadly effects of breathing failure in people who have overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids. Remarkably, advocates say, all this …

Steve Nelson: Religious Freedom Claims Take the Cake

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The excitement over religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas was near ecstatic. Such fervor over cakes, flowers and pizza! A fine phrase, albeit a bit trite, characterizes the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: a solution desperately seeking a problem. The solution sought by Indiana and …

Sunday Forum: If You Care About the Co-op, Vote

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If You Care About the Co-op, Vote To the Editor: A friend recently told me she loves the Hanover Food Co-op but planned not to vote in the current board election because she doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the firing of two Co-op …