Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Column: Indiana’s Bill Is a Step Back for America

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to …

Editorial: Call It the N.H. Poll-aroid

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire House, whose budget-cutting zeal apparently knows no bounds — including those of common sense and decency — now is considering a plan …

Column: Thoughts for Your Penny: It’s More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Approaching noon, I had a hankering for shrimp tempura sushi and some dumplings. At a local takeout, my bill came to $15.01. After I handed …

Column: Strafford Post Office Is Village ‘Living Room’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Post offices in small towns are often called the center of community life. In Strafford, where Terry Toy was postmaster for 13 years until her retirement this month, some called it the village “living room.” First, there was …

Editorial: GOP Budget Deficits

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When House Republicans unveiled their 10-year budget plan for a “Stronger America” last week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Georgia, proclaimed that, “A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are.” Woodall, a member of the House Budget Committee, is absolutely correct in this, but …

Column: There’s Demand for Misinformation as Well as Ample Supply

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It’s not An Inconvenient Truth — yet. But for a movie focused on climate change, Sony Pictures Classics’ Merchants of Doubt — based on the widely read book of the same name by historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik …

Column: Combat Veterans Suffer Moral Wounds as Well as Physical Ones

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even on the short overnight ops, sometimes we talked about things we knew we’d carry home. On a cold night in March 2010, Jeff brought up the kid he’d shot a month earlier, when the battle for the …

Column: Med Schools Get New Prescription for Health

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What if your doctor gave you a prescription that would help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of several forms of cancer? Even better, the side effects are all beneficial: increased energy, productivity and an elevated mood. The catch? The prescription isn’t …

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The week in review through the eyes of political cartoonists Tom Toles, Clay Bennett, Mike Marland and Signe Wilkinson …

Sunday Forum: Special Education Costs in Piermont; Whaleback Needs Help; Ayotte’s Letter; Time to Change the Co-op Board

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Issue Was Special Education Costs To the Editor: Last week’s V alley News article about Piermont’s contentious annual school meeting made little mention of the reason the budget was voted down three times: The voters were asked to approve $269,523 for one student’s education for one year, …

Column: We Need a Dr. Spock for the Aged

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was born in what is now called Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1944. Ten blocks away, Dr. Benjamin Spock was busy writing his famous 1946 baby book in his childhood home on New Haven’s Cold Spring Street. The …

Editorial: A Computer on Your Wrist

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We realized we weren’t in the target demographic for the new Apple Watch when we printed out a couple of articles about it, on actual paper, in print large enough not to require the sharp focus of a golden eagle, reputed to be able to spot a rabbit …

Column: ‘Prisons Without Bars’ Could Cut Costs

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Washington You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we’re home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than one in every 10 American men has …