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Column: Legalize Pot in Vermont

Saturday, July 4, 2015

As a state senator, I’m used to getting missives from countless Vermonters who wish to weigh in on various subjects. But rarely do I get one, from someone not even old enough to vote, that is well researched and articulate on a controversial subject. Yet that is precisely what landed in my mailbox recently. A student at Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond, Vt., sent me a wonderful letter arguing …

Column: We Should Serve Those Who Served

Saturday, July 4, 2015

On the Fourth of July, our nation comes together to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy, freedoms our service members, veterans and their families have made possible through their sacrifices. Just as these Americans responded to the call to defend our liberties, our nation must respond to our call to duty: ensuring veterans and their families have a successful transition from service to community. …

Column: Freedom of Hyperbolic Speech, Too

Saturday, July 4, 2015

If you have dipped a toe into the fetid swamps of online political debate, chances are you have encountered — maybe even authored — acerbic one-liners like, “There is a special place in hell for that so-and-so ---!” (fill in the blank with your least-favorite public official’s name). Despite its literary origins in Dante’s Inferno, the special-place-in-hell formulation is admittedly juvenile and disproportionate, …

Column: How Paid Sick Leave Became a Movement

Friday, July 3, 2015

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a core provision of the Affordable Care Act, quashing Republicans’ latest attempt to gut the law through the judicial system. At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was the government’s ability to provide subsidies to help millions of working Americans purchase …

Column: Fighting Big Money

Friday, July 3, 2015

For the dreamers among us, every four years come new reasons for hope: Maybe This Time, Maybe This Guy, Maybe at Last. Then comes the election, and (sometimes) the honeymoon: the new guy rolls out his plans, reaffirms his promises; there are rumblings in the direction of change. …

Editorial: The People V. Gerrymandering

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Supreme Court has mostly avoided questions about gerrymandering, the practice of drawing otherwise irrational legislative district lines to the advantage of one party or of incumbents. But on Monday, in an unexpected victory for the democratic process, the court said the Constitution allows people to fight back …

Column: I Learned The Limits of Dialogue During Vermont’s Gun Debate

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When I retired from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2012, I enrolled in The Dartmouth Institute’s Master’s in Public Health program. My internship this year was spent working with the gun safety advocacy organization GunsenseVT. Its vision is to create a safe “gun culture” in Vermont. It was …

Column: Roberts Is Wrong About Marriage Backlash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Washington Writing a judicial opinion can be like fencing. One of the most effective ways to jab at an opponent is to use his — or her — words to make your own case. Thus, Chief Justice John …

Column: Dear Gov. Christie: Candor Isn’t Everything

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In anticipation of his presidential kick-off announcement, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday put out a video trying to explain his personality in positive terms, as an over-abundance of candor. He tells a story about his mother who told him never to hold back, to always say …

Forum: A Newspaperman’s Pulpit; Shareholders Vs. Patients; Old News on Unhealthy Oils

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Newspaperman’s Pulpit To the Editor: Kevin O’Connor’s otherwise touching remembrance of newspaperman Norman Runnion (June 29) gives short shrift to his decade of witness as an Episcopal priest and rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Fairlee. Norm fought the good fight on all fronts, and was …

Column: Show Me the Money, and Make it Funny

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

America’s been discussing women’s influence on our nation’s history, destiny and character. And we managed to talk about women’s contributions for almost, oh, an entire quarter of an hour until the conversation veered back to men. Makes you proud, doesn’t it? The topic under discussion was, “Which women, …

Column: In Defense of Gov. Hassan’s Veto

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let’s talk about three governors: our Gov. Maggie Hassan, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former one-term New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson. First, Gov. Hassan. I am proud that Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget written by the Republicans. The …

Willem Lange: School Reunion, for a Teacher, Too

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Willsboro Point, N.Y. Mother and I have been here a few times before. It’s a pleasant little restaurant attached to a marina on the east shore of the north-facing bay. Directly across from it, the cliffs buttressing Rattlesnake Mountain rise sheer from the shore. A distinct horizontal line …