Opinion

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington For a guy running against the establishment, Bernie Sanders sure seems to crave its approval. In New Hampshire last week, the Democratic presidential candidate put out an ad touting his endorsements giving the false …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its …

Column: We Should Be Grateful for Flat-Earthers

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When I was a freshman at Stanford, a physics instructor introduced the topic of relativity by exploding our brains with the following problem: Take a railroad car straight up 50 miles and then drop it. Given that the …

Editorial: Medicaid Benefits N.H.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One of the most important questions the New Hampshire Legislature faces this year is whether to continue the state’s expanded Medicaid program, which is due to expire at the end of 2016 unless it is reauthorized. Fortunately, it appears that this vital program has demonstrated its benefits sufficiently …

Column: What If Low Growth Is the New Normal?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

For all their differences, the presidential candidates share one defining characteristic: All of them are upbeat about the future (as long as they get elected). In one of the most important books of recent years, Northwestern University economist Robert J. Gordon offers a radically different view. When it …

Forum: Invest in Vermont Children; Reject HCRS Request, Hartford; ‘Girl Power’ Wasn’t Appropriate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Invest in Vermont’s Children To the Editor: I believe every Vermont family and community should have access to quality after-school and summer learning programs for their children. I work with 40 kids per day at the One Planet after-school and summer program in Sharon who love our program. …

Column: Whither Conservatism in the Season of Trump?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Washington It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its …

Column: Get Off Your High Horse and Admit You’re a Snob

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snobbery, like snoring, is universal. You might believe it doesn’t apply to you, but your intimates would tell a different story. Don’t get huffy: Everybody’s a snob about something. Snobs are those who imagine that their sensibilities, tastes or responses in a specific arena are more discriminating, more …

Column: Don’t Rule Out an Iowa Surprise

Monday, February 1, 2016

J. Ann Selzer, who has conducted polling on the Iowa caucuses since 1988, says the contests almost always yield surprises. With each election, it increasingly becomes more difficult to reliably predict the outcome, and this year is the toughest yet. Pollster.com lists 20 Iowa Republican caucus polls for …

Editorial: Billionaires for President?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just when it seemed as if the presidential race couldn’t get any stranger, billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that he may run for the White House as an independent if the two major parties nominate their least- mainstream candidates. Having more choices on the ballot …

‘We Believe in America, and We Love Our Freedom’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Following is the text of Sarah Palin’s Jan. 19 endorsement of Donald Trump, as transcribed by BuzzFeed, via The Washington Post. “Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here in Iowa. We’re here just thawing out. …

Editorial: Success and School Reform

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Like soldiers marching off to war, reformers launched No Child Left Behind in 2002 with soaring speeches and brass bands — or at least the bureaucratic equivalent. But in December, Congress and President Obama declared an end to the massive federal intervention in education. The nation had reached …