Opinion

Column: Is Christianity Moribund?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Several days from now, at the invitation of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, I will head to Washington to participate in discussions about …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use …

Column: Populism Is Now Popular Across the Political Spectrum

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and …

Forum, May 16: Train Safety in Vermont; Mount Sunapee Resort

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Train Safety in Vermont To the Editor: On Saturday, May 9, I accompanied a newspaper reporter and a friend to Braintree, Vt., to view the site where Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train struck and killed a trespasser on the railroad tracks. Since police on the scene wouldn’t allow anyone …

Column: Call Me the Other Mom, or Dad for Short

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I was walking across the street to collect my 3-year-old son, Hanno, when I overheard a neighbor boy taunt him for not having a father. I’d always wondered how I was going to broach this subject with Hanno. Suddenly it was floating at me in singsong across the …

Editorial: The Health Care Fix Is Not In

Friday, May 15, 2015

The U.S. health care system has been squeezing the country’s middle class for years. The passage of the Affordable Care Act has relieved some of the pressure, but there’s much more to do. With or without Obamacare, the issues are the same: access and cost. If losing your …

Column: What’s in a Domain Name? A Lot of Confusion

Friday, May 15, 2015

The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the web. But the alternative really dot-sucks. Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based nonprofit ICANN (the Internet Corporation …

Column: Fix the Lake Fairlee Dam

Friday, May 15, 2015

Over the course of many decades, the aging and deteriorating dam located on the outflow brook of Lake Fairlee, which controls as much as 9 feet of the water level in the lake, has continued to deteriorate; and the pace of that deterioration is accelerating. Recent engineering studies …

Column: Preserve the World’s Bio-Diverse Savannas

Friday, May 15, 2015

In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, other vast tropical ecosystems have come under increasing threat. These are the wet savannas, which have a mix of grasses, trees and shrubs and receive enough rainfall to grow crops. Farmers …

Column: It’s Not Sexist to Say Fiorina Is Unqualified

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy …

Editorial: Teaching and Tenure at Dartmouth College

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Dartmouth students demanding the reinstatement of a popular lecturer aren’t likely to prevail, but their petition to the administration demonstrates conviction for what ought to be every academic institution’s principal aim: good teaching. Indeed, a college known for its excellence in undergraduate instruction should be pleased that …

Column: A Picasso Masterpiece, Orphaned and Sold

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I feel sorry for Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), the painting by Pablo Picasso that just sold for $179.4 million. Now that it is in the possession of an anonymous collector, it is less likely than ever to be reunited with its 14 sisters in the Women of …

Forum, May 14: Bad Strategy in Quechee; Speeders on Fairview Terrace; Shine a Light on Torture

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bad Strategy in Quechee To the Editor: As a citizen of Hartford, a resident in the village of Quechee and a member of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association (QLLA), I am both saddened and dismayed by the email I received Monday evening from the QLLA executive committee announcing …