Opinion

Friday, November 21, 2014

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. …

Column: Bernie Sanders Takes On the Billionaire Class

Friday, November 21, 2014

I’m going out on a limb here, but: Bernie Sanders is not going to be our next president. Still, the independent socialist senator from Vermont …

Friday Forum: Civil Campaigns; Noise Pollution; Flying the Flag

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Civil Campaign To the Editor: In reporting on the election results, you noted that the campaign of Teo Zagar and Scott Woodward for a place in the Vermont House “was marked by civility,” an all too rare quality in the wider political world these days. We are …

Editorial: NFL settlement with players lifts veil on extent of football injuries

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In many American households, Sunday has traditionally been given over to church, family supper and football. Or — with the decline in religious attendance and the rise of pizza delivery — just a whole lot of football. It’s …

Editorial: Fair Rules for the Web

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Most Americans avoid the gritty details of most federal regulatory issues. In fact, it’s all some of us can do to muster the energy to vote in a nonpresidential election year. But sometimes the stakes are so high that people take the time to get engaged in complex …

Column: Presidents and Senators Are Often at Odds

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Will President Obama’s relations with the Senate change, now that Democrats have lost control of it? Probably not. And that’s because he didn’t have much of a relationship with it in the first place. Neither did most of our previous presidents, even when the Senate was in their …

Column: The Case for Training Mountain Lions to Walk on Treadmills

Thursday, November 13, 2014

As I rubbed the frostbite out of my hands on returning from a seal survey on Antarctic ice recently, I was informed that I had the dubious distinction of making the Top 5 in the 2014 list of …

Thursday Forum: Arrogant View of Taxation; Funds for Child Care Center; Terrorism Unreported

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arrogant View of Taxation To the Editor: To quote from Steve Nelson’s opinion on wealth redistribution (Perspectives, Nov. 9), “What a great cosmic joke!” When Nelson’s granddaughter shared her Halloween candy with others, she joined a great American tradition of charity and giving to others. But she did …

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Column: On the Edge of the Dark and the Cold, We Await Longer Days

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Montpelier The firewood is all stacked neatly in its cellar alcove next to the wood-fired boiler. It’s got a few weeks of seasoning to do before I start feeding it to the furnace; the red oak, when I get to it, I’ll just move to the back of …

Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, …

Column: Workers Seek Stability and a Clear Path Upward

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington A couple of economic mysteries marked last week’s election. First of all, the jobs numbers came in on Friday about the same way they’ve been coming in for months: good, though not great. If you think the election had a lot to do with how voters feel …