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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Burlington, Vt., where he formally announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

Column: Does Sanders Deserve Coverage?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, raising a tricky question: How should the media cover candidates who don’t have a realistic chance at winning? Ryan Cooper, the national correspondent for The Week, and Dylan Byers of Politico answer it by complaining the press hasn’t treated Sanders fairly. But they are wrong …

Column: Winners, No Real Losers, in Irish Vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Boston Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester or Southie three decades ago that Ireland would be the first nation in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote. It is a mark of how …

Column: What Candidates Really Need to Talk About

Friday, May 29, 2015

Washington It’s far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates — but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate’s ideology, should be expected to address. Issues of character and judgment matter, whether they involve Hillary Clinton’s emails and speaking fees or Jeb Bush’s rearview …

Column: GMOs Are Safe, and State Labeling Laws Are Unnecessary

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Science, innovation, safety and affordability. Who could oppose United States food policy based on these core principles? Unfortunately, this idea has become unnecessarily controversial in agriculture. The unmerited fear of genetically modified organism crops threatens scientific advancements in biotechnology needed to meet the growing global demand for safe …

Column: Test Upper Valley Well Water for Arsenic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

While thousands of Lebanon residents recently scrambled to boil water in response to fears about e-coli bacteria in the municipal water supply, some of their rural neighbors may have appreciated their private well water, perhaps even offering to top off their less fortunate friends’ bottles. What Upper Valley …

Column: It’s Spring, and the Birds Are Back in Town

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Montpelier Harry Woodpecker and his current partner are setting up housekeeping somewhere very nearby, and they’re eating me out of house and home. The suet is disappearing almost as fast as I can load it in. But they’re …

Column: Crash Stirs Fear of Loss for one Survivor

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

N ew York When I was 20, the man I was dating died. We were traveling together thousands of miles from home in a remote part of Southeast Asia, and one morning, he didn’t wake up. His breathing …

Column: Train Travel is Safe ­— Very Safe

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With the loss of eight lives, last week’s train crash in Philadelphia is of course a national tragedy. It’s crucial to understand why the accident occurred and to take steps to make such tragedies less likely in the …

Column: Is the American Public Warming To Redistribution of Wealth?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The erosion of the U.S. middle class is changing how Americans see themselves. It might also be changing the way they view government redistribution of wealth. The stagnation of earnings for most American households has been well established. From 1979 to 2007, real after-tax income grew 37 percent …

Column: Sanders, in the Grand Democratic Socialist Tradition

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948. It’s about time. Historically, the role …

Column: No Such Thing as a Shovel-Ready Project

Monday, May 18, 2015

The deadly Amtrak derailment last Tuesday is just another symptom of Congress’ refusal to address the United States’ decrepit infrastructure. Amtrak is notoriously underfunded, with a huge capital expenditure backlog. While the cause of the crash is not …

Be Better, and Be Humble, Advises David Brooks

Sunday, May 17, 2015

David Brooks wants you to be in a Bible study. You’ll get more out of it than you would at a dinner party, he says, if you find places where you can talk about pain and suffering. In …

Column: A Norwich Expat Is Moved by French WWII Commemoration

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I’ve always been prone to crying. The Star Spangled Banner got me when I was a high school hockey player on the ice at Campion Arena before a game. My eyes have leaked during the Norwich Memorial Day …