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Opinion

Column: Cheap Oil and SUVs are a Sucker’s Bet

Monday, January 26, 2015

Where is the logic in buying a gas-guzzling SUV just because gas prices are so low? As gas prices have tumbled, gas-hog sales have soared. …

Editorial: No Need for Nerdy Google Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hard to believe it was just a few years ago when we first heard about Google Glass, the breakthrough in augmented-reality eyeglasses. And today — …

Column: The Middle Class Gets Attention, but Poor Need College Aid

Monday, January 26, 2015

One could be forgiven for thinking that it’s the middle class who have suffered most from America’s failed higher-education policies, which saddled students with years …

Editorial: Military Arms and The Police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

News that state and local law enforcement agencies operating in the Upper Valley have acquired more than $1.6 million in surplus military gear from the Pentagon in recent years is reassuring in one respect: If Canada launches a surprise attack, the police will be well equipped to offer …

Steve Nelson: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

Sunday, January 18, 2015

No, I am not Charlie. The New York Times is not Charlie. The Valley News is not Charlie. The murder of a dozen magazine staff members in Paris has generated a fascinating debate about freedom of expression. No person, save the demented followers of extremist Islam, can view …

Column: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. …

Column: The French Are Complicit in the Assault on Free Speech

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Within an hour of the massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, thousands of Parisians spontaneously gathered at the Place de la Republique. Rallying beneath the monumental statues representing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, they chanted “Je …

Sunday Forum: The Subtext of the First Amendment; Bring Vermont Inmates Home; Universal Health Care Can’t Wait

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Subtext of the First Amendment To the Editor: As a fellow Harvard grad (though not a former Lampoon editor!), I’d like to reply to the letter from David Binger (“ ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful,” Jan. 14) about Charlie Hebdo. He takes issue with the title, the …

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Column: A Question for the ‘Valley News’ — To Publish, or Not, the ‘Charlie’ Cartoons

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Inquiring-minded readers are wondering why the Valley News has not reprinted some of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons to which Islamic terrorists took murderous offense earlier this month in Paris. The short answer is that we are not Charlie Hebdo. Although journalistic provocateurs certainly have an important role to …

Column: American Expats Face Tough Questions About Our Guns, Health Care and More

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Oslo, Norway In my long nomadic life, I’ve been to both poles and most countries in between. I still remember when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world. …

Editorial: A Tree (Still) Grows in Lyme

Saturday, January 17, 2015

There are many things that put humans in their place, and impressively large trees are among them. Consider a venerable linden in Lyme, about 100 feet tall and 153 inches in girth, that was given a stay of execution by the Selectboard Monday after residents and others pointed …

Forum, Jan. 17: The Future of Cheaters; Israel Shares the Blame; Fluoride Helps Oral Health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Future of Cheaters To the Editor: As a Dartmouth alumnus, I congratulate the college for suspending the cheaters. Cheating unchecked becomes a lifelong pattern. These students will become the Bernie Madoffs, the Wall Street financiers who cheat any way possible and lose honest people’s money, and the …