Opinion

Kate Millett, left, author of the best selling feminist tract "Sexual Politics" listens as writer Gloria Steinem speaks at a news conference given by women's liberation activists in New York City on Dec. 17, 1970.  (AP Photo)

Column: In 2016, Is ‘Girl Power’Offensive?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me wade into churning waters to comment on a controversial front-page headline that appeared in the Valley News Jan. 30: “Girl Power in Hanover.” …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, …

Column: Feeling Left Out? Blame the Two-Party System

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of …

Column: Nominating Sanders Would Be Insanity

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Washington I adore Bernie Sanders. I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he …

Forum: Friends, Indeed; Dogs at the Cemetery; Candidates’ Letters

Thursday, January 28, 2016

True Friends, Indeed To the Editor: The past November, my former wife and the mother of our three young children, Frederique Thibault, died at the age of 44 of a malignant brain tumor. Her death was very difficult for the many who loved her, particularly her children; however, …

Column: Michigan Governor Can’t Sidestep Blame

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Washington Jeb Bush explained Sunday why he still thinks Rick Snyder has been “a great governor for Michigan,” even after the mass lead poisoning because of tainted tap water in Flint. The disgrace over Flint’s water, the Republican …

Editorial: The Nugget’s Long Run

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Nugget Theater, turning 100 this year, has fulfilled the hopes of a long-ago editor of The Dartmouth, the college student newspaper, who wrote that a new movie house would make “the dullness of the Hanover winter less dull.” The Nugget did even better: It provided real excitement …

Willem Lange: In Maine, Fishermen Are Holding On for Grandchildren’s Sake

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stonington, Maine The best place to get a feel for a small town is at the diner where the old guys gather early in the morning. There are few alternatives to the Harbor Cafe in wintertime Stonington; so when I learned it opened at 6:30 for breakfast, I …

Column: Republicans Who Hate Cruz Should Chill

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. This sound aphorism may have a less pithy political corollary: Never attribute to strategy what can be explained by emotion. Only this truth can help us understand why Republican officials have started saying they prefer Donald …

Forum: Preaching to the Choir; Supporting Sanders; The Case for Clinton; Book Donations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Preaching to the Choir To the Editor: Bill McKibben may be on the right side of history when he rails against continued investment in fossil fuels (“Can Zombie-Like Fossil Fuels Be Killed?,” Jan. 25), and righteous zealots have their place (see John Brown), but one reason the environmental …

Column: This May Be a Lesser-of-Two-Evils Election

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The American body politic is in a state of toxic shock in the days before real voting commences in the presidential primaries. From left, right and center, top to bottom, our limbs and joints are in spasm. The …

Editorial: Vermont Needs Thorough Review of Privacy Laws

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last week we discussed in this space a bill — ill-advised in our view — pending in the Vermont House that would permit police to examine, without obtaining a warrant, the cell phones of drivers suspected of violating the state’s ban on distracted driving. The same day, the …

Column: The Good News, and the Bad, About Social Security

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Americans are embracing the idea that we should expand Social Security. A movement started by a few progressive activists spread to opinion makers and ultimately to presidential candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders. But is a broadly expanded Social Security program really necessary? And can we afford it? …