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Matthew Borst, a senior a Thetford Academy, talks about using his robotics machine to test his group's theory that lines in the school hallway could be used as guidance for automatically guiding their classmate Owen Dybvig's wheelchair. At left is senior Vicky Wang.  It was part of final exam presentations in teacher Marc Chabot's Physics: Mechanics class on Jan. 15, 2015. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)
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Column: Creativity Happens When Thetford Students Aim to Help Schoolmate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I had seen this classroom before — lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, …

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s …

Confronting Fear, and Its Root Causes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Terror began to influence American politics well before Sept. 11, 2001, but the day’s events surely intensified the role fear plays in our nation’s public …

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 …

Column: It’s Time For Vermont To Grab a Share Of New Hampshire’s Primary Spoils

Friday, January 16, 2015

Now that the Vermont Legislature has returned to Montpelier, I’d like to suggest again that it consider a plan to alter New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. I’ve said this before, and nobody paid any attention. Things have not gotten …

Editorial: Connected Nation — Home Devices May Open Door to Data

Friday, January 16, 2015

The idea of a connected home — one filled with smart devices that can communicate with one another and automate routine tasks -— is no longer the stuff of Jetsons cartoons. With Internet-connected locks, lights, thermostats and related devices available, consumers can create homes of the future today. …

Column: Presidents, in Context, at Their Libraries

Friday, January 16, 2015

When Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of history and education at New York University, suggests that a single “Center for Presidential Research” take the place of our presidential libraries, he echoes arguments that were made by Rep. Hamilton Fish III, R-N.Y., as he spearheaded opposition to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan …

Column: Happy Birthday to Me — 59 and Looking Forward to the New 60

Friday, January 16, 2015

I turned 59 on Saturday and I find myself clinging to that second digit like the nine in nine lives. For next comes 60, and then one is undeniably “up there.” I’m sorry, but 60 is not “the new” anything. Your 50s can be fun, but the prospect …

Forum, Jan. 16: A Worthy Column on Haiti; Why Publish That Letter?; No Underlings in Vermont; A Christmas Dinner to Remember

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Worthy Column On Haiti To the Editor: What a treat to see Greg Trotter’s column in the Perspectives section of the Valley News on Sunday (“Haiti On Our Minds,” Jan. 11). His reporting in the Valley News following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was outstanding; Jason …

Column: Pipeline Debate: Symbol Over Substance

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Washington The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today. The first is what might be called “talk-to-the-hand-ism” — or, perhaps updated …

Editorial: Don’t Expand Ski Area

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometime soon — soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years — Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Column: Why We Fight, and Lose: Our Policy Goals Are Not Attainable

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The United States has the most potent military in terms of firepower and operational capacity in history. Our military overthrew Saddam Hussein and crushed the Taliban in a matter of weeks. Our forces can direct a rocket from Nevada through a window in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and nimbly set …