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Column: Eat More Fish, but Not From the Seven Seas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a third of what Americans catch gets sold to foreigners. What all of this points to is a …

Column: The Death Penalty Violates Human Dignity

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the current Supreme Court will be its architect. In its ruling in Hall v. Florida in …

Column: China’s President Envies Russia’s President

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s been a season of love for Russia and China. A two-day May summit in Shanghai culminated in a $400 billion gas deal; in an interview with Chinese state media before the visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-China cooperation reached its highest level in history. And at a meeting last week on the sidelines of the BRICs Summit in Brazil, he …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

A high-level official of the Internal Revenue Service declares her innocence before a congressional committee and then asserts the Fifth Amendment right that she had effectively just waived. Incriminating emails have surfaced, while others are declared lost. An arrogant IRS commissioner declares that none of this amounts to …

Editorial: No Relief on the Debt

Friday, July 18, 2014

Washington has taken an indefinite break from the budget debate that marked the early part of this decade. No one’s expecting a grand bargain any time soon. Nor a small bargain, nor even serious incremental reform. Deficits have come down from their historic highs during the Great Recession …

Column: Palin Is Right, and Wrong, on Impeachment

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama. No, not that the president should be impeached. But Palin is correct in arguing that, for those who assert that Obama has grievously abused his executive authority, impeachment is the …

Column: Koch Is It: The Pursuit of Money and Power

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You can’t escape the Koch brothers. They’re everywhere. Underwriting efforts to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Trying to get rid of aid to education, the Environmental Protection Agency and minimum-wage laws. They’re the brunt of late-night monologues, dramatic …

Forum, July 19: What is Offensive?; Norwich Priorities; Co-op Principles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘Valley News’ and The Party Line To the Editor: How dare the Valley News, the official newspaper of the Upper Valley Democratic Party, print political cartoons or letters to the editor that are offensive to its base of left-wing readers. You must apologize immediately for printing cartoons or …

Willem Lange: I Like Bats in the Great Outdoors, but Not as Household Guests

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The windows in all our outside doors at home go down almost to the floor. So, too, do the openings in our storm doors. The most-used door in the house, the one onto the back porch, has become a sort of TV set for occasional stray or not-so-stray …

Column: The Day the Jitney Died, Killed by Regulators

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Car services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are thriving because they’ve embraced an obvious, good idea: connecting those who have spare time and wheels with people who need rides. Founded just five years ago, Uber now operates in 128 cities and on every continent but Antarctica. The company …

Column: Maybe Obama Should Embrace the Theater

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“This is not theater.” That was President Obama’s answer in Dallas last week to critics who said he should have gone to the border to see firsthand the mass immigration of unaccompanied minors that has suddenly seized Washington’s …

Column: America’s Immigration Crisis Is a Moral Crisis

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of …

Column: U.S. Is Losing the Message War in the Mideast

Monday, July 14, 2014

What, exactly, does the United States stand for in the Middle East? More important, what would the average Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian or Yemeni say that it stands for? The suggestion that the United States is retrenching might seem …