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Opinion

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Editorial: Your App, Yourself; Smartphones Will Watch Over You

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so …

Willem Lange: On Mountain Day, Students Bond With a Peak Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It happens once a year, and with only a couple of minor breaks, has been happening for over 150 years. It’s Mountain Day at Colby-Sawyer …

Column: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, and Pot

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This is the year of the Seinfeld midterms, we are told — an election about nothing in particular, lacking dominant themes. Yet the election also highlights how we are becoming a Seinfeld society. When it comes to two cultural issues that were once taboo, gay relationships and marijuana …

Forum, Sept. 23: Piermont’s Business; Remember the Co-op; A Military Response to Ebola?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Kenyon’s Business in Piermont To the Editor: As a resident and property owner in Piermont since 1984, the recent column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News caught my attention. After reading the article (which obviously was not intended to be unbiased), I am left with …

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so …

Column: Five Myths About the NFL, From concussions to Socialism

Monday, September 22, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Americans have been confronted by a slew of scandals besieging our most popular sport. Outrage over the off-the-field violence of star running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has been accompanied by the revelation that the National Football League expects almost one-third of …

Column: The Coming Era of Unlimited, Clean and Free Energy

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, …

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not …

Column: The Natural Meets the Spiritual in Hanover’s Pine Park

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hanover Shafts of sunlight pierce the canopy as I descend into what I like to think of as my cathedral of the pines. Columns of stately conifers line the nave. High overhead, branches arch like flying buttresses. The …

Editorial: A Local Bookstore Beats the Odds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Norwich Bookstore and many happy returns. Well, not the sort of returns that involve receipts, refunds and dissatisfied customers; those would be unhappy returns. We refer to the hope that this bookstore, which turned 20 yesterday, will continue to survive — better yet, thrive …

Column: Can Tweets Help the Police and Public Engage?

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the tiny town of Jun, Spain (population 3,000), meeting rooms in city hall have their own Twitter accounts. When residents want to reserve them, they send a direct message via Twitter; when it’s time, the door to …

Column: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Deserves Its Status

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last weekend marked the 200th anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Over the years, many debates have surrounded the national anthem — involving its meaning, its quality and the circumstances under which Francis Scott Key came …