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Column: Open “The Arsenal of Democracy” for Ukraine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I traveled recently with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to eastern Ukraine to meet with the courageous men and women fighting there for their country’s freedom and future. I arrived on a solemn day as Ukrainian volunteers grieved the loss of two young comrades killed by Russian artillery the day before. They had lost another comrade a few days before that, and four more the previous week. …

Column: Confederacy’s Ugly History Is Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The lowering of Confederate battle flags across the South is not a victory. It’s a correction, a small one, and to treat it like a victory is wrong and divisive given the example in Charleston, S.C., where the forgiving grace of nine families in funeral corteges is a continuing miracle that makes the head bow with humility. What good is it to lower …

Column: The Court at Its Best

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In his powerful dissenting opinion from Friday’s same-sex marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asks an excellent question: “Just who do we think we are?” That question deserves an answer. If we look at the arc of the court’s history, we might be able to offer one. Contrary to appearances, the court usually …

How I Learned to Hate, and Then Stopped

Monday, June 29, 2015

Since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of being a warrior. I learned to read early and would sit in the library pouring over books of Greek and Norse myths, gravitating to the parts about …

Column: For Some Soldiers and Their Families, the War Is Never Over

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Joe Briseno wasn’t there for a lot of the early moments of his three kids’ lives. That’s not unusual for Army dads like him who were deployed to foreign countries when diapers needed changing. So now, at 57, …

Column: Vermont Reads Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The following are excerpts from abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852 address on T he Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro. T he Vermont Humanities Council is encouraging readings of the speech throughout the state …

Column: The First, Brief Flight of Dartmouth Airways

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It was approaching the end of May 1946 and the big excitement was that the Upper Valley was going to get its own airfield. A huge gathering was in the planning stages for the opening day — Girl …

Column: The Confederate Flag Is Lowered

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Washington After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk …

Column: Court Saves GOP From Itself

Saturday, June 27, 2015

With its 6-3 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for health insurance buyers in all 50 states, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an end to the discreditable effort by anti-Obamacare partisans to undermine the law …

Column: HCRS Is Providing Transparency

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent coverage of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in the Valley News has created several impressions that call for clarification. In news articles and editorials the newspaper has discussed losses HCRS incurred in a failed …

Column: Reframe the Argument About Guns

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washington Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “Enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying …

Column: Some Cultures Work More, Others Value Leisure

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why do people in some countries work more hours? The most common explanations have to do with labor regulations and taxes, but anyone who travels frequently will notice that work and leisure are valued differently in different places. If this sounds like prejudice, consider the findings of two …

Column: Scott Walker’s Test of Academic Freedom

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One hundred years ago this month, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin dedicated a bronze plaque commemorating a historic victory for academic freedom. When a distinguished faculty member, economist Richard T. Ely, had been accused of promoting socialism and fomenting disorder through his pro-labor speeches …