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Willem Lange: Paddling Down the River With Good Company for a Good Cause

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just about 30 hours ago I turned into the narrow entrance lane to the refurbished and improved boat launch site in Orford. There were people everywhere in white T-shirts with the word “Volunteer” on the back, waiting to help the expected crowd. I was early, as is my wont, so I got a lovely spot to stash my canoe and gear beside the ramp. A pair of ladies under a …

Column: Frustration in Ferguson has Economic Roots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. All that folks elsewhere know is that greater St. Louis has some problematic relationships between black and white, and between police and the community. All of St. Louis …

Column: Will Scotland Really Vote for a Divorce?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in the polls, it’s still too close for comfort as far as London’s concerned. One recent …

Column: The Lessons I learned From Harold Luce

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There can never be enough words to describe Harold Luce and his profound impact on traditional fiddling, and on me, personally. I first knew Harold and his wife, Edith, through the Grange. My father knew Edith, as she …

A Better Idea For Reforming the Tax Code: Taxing Consumption

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate “tax inversions” is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986. Whether you consider it greedy and unpatriotic for U.S. companies to …

Vacationing Presidents Get Little Time Off

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here are five myths about presidential vacations: 1: Presidents get vacations. “Presidents don’t get vacations — they just get a change of scenery,” Nancy Reagan once said in defense of her husband’s frequent trips to his ranch in …

Live Free and Drink Wine in New Hampshire

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are more than 7,700 wineries in the United States. Production is at record levels. Prices are skyrocketing, too: As of 2013, the average bottle cost $10.85, up from $9 the previous year. The debate over which state …

Column: U.S. Needs a Mideast Strategy; Here’s One

Monday, August 18, 2014

What would it look like if America actually had a Middle East strategy? To begin with, of course, it would hardly look like what we are seeing today. At the moment, we are confronted with an unprecedented regionwide series of crises that are each seemingly being treated by …

Editorial: Containing Ebola: Gloves and Masks Are Needed, Not Drugs

Monday, August 18, 2014

The question of how to fairly distribute scarce doses of experimental Ebola treatments is capturing the world’s attention. Yet the fate of the epidemic doesn’t rest on getting these expensive and unproven drugs to the afflicted African countries. What medical teams there need most are protective masks, goggles, …

Column: What Wilderness Can Teach Us

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In a society preoccupied with electronic devices, it came as a ray of natural sunlight to read in the Valley News in spring about Vermont families escorting frogs, toads, newts and salamanders across busy roads to the vernal …

Column: Is Amazon Friend or Foe to Authors?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Seattle Times recently invited children’s book author Nina Laden and writer Frank Schaeffer to debate the fractious contract negotiations between online retailer Amazon.com and book publisher Hachette. Laden argues Amazon is a marketing behemoth with far-reaching tendrils …

Column: In Hinckley’s Case, What’s Done Is Done

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The government would have to overcome major legal hurdles to charge John Hinckley Jr. in the murder of James Brady some 30 years after the fact. But if that were the morally right thing to do, it would …

Steve Nelson: Let Me Rant About the Trouble With Men

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A lot of grim news this week. Every week, it seems. Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo,, a suburb of St. Louis. He was confronted by the police while walking in the street with a friend. Moments later he was dead on the …