Columns

Column: The Insurance System Isn’t Healthy For All in Vermont

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 60-year-old man, who I’ll call C.C., recently walked into my family medical practice. The nurse handed me a thin chart record. His last visit was five years before for a skin infection. Written across the top in large block letters were the words, “NO INSURANCE.” C.C. and I started talking. Over the past month, he’d experienced darkening and diminishing urine, clay-colored stools, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, parched mouth and …

Column: Over 70 Years, Water Fluoridation Has Proven Its Value

Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life-threatening, but it’s painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease by 25 percent would be honored as heroes, right? This is no hypothetical scenario. During the 1940s, tooth decay was pervasive, caused many toothaches …

Column: Can-Do Spirit Brings Growth to New England

Monday, January 26, 2015

The woman in the cute fake fur coat got out of her car and immediately slipped on the ice in the parking lot. “Is this it?” she yelled, laughing and grabbing the car door to keep from falling. “Do they have it? Please tell me they have it!” Her license plate indicated she was from New Jersey, but on that cold morning between …

Column: Obama Has Hurt Chances of Tax Overhaul

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama was on a roll — until Sunday night, when the White House released a broad package of tax proposals, the latest in the State of the Union prequel-a-thon. Obama’s tax plan seeks to help the struggling middle class, address wage stagnation and reduce income inequality — …

Column: ‘America’s Worst Mom’ Says Kids Need to Roam Free Sometimes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two Maryland parents stand accused of doing the unthinkable: They trusted their kids, 10 and 6, to walk home from the park. The children got about halfway there when someone saw them and called the cops. For this, parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been visited by the …

Column: Here Come the Young Digital Libertarians

Monday, January 19, 2015

Poverty? Isn’t there an app for that? None of my college journalism students has asked me that one — yet. But I wouldn’t be all that surprised if one of them did. Millennials, it seems, have very different ideas about how to solve urban problems. And unlike the …

Column: Why Guantanamo Must Be Closed: It’s Expensive and Harmful

Monday, January 19, 2015

Before the “war on terror,” many Americans knew about Guantanamo Bay only from its depiction in A Few Good Men. In the film’s most famous scene, the Marine colonel who commands the U.S. naval base, played by Jack Nicholson, declares during a court-martial: “I have neither the time …

Column: Black Lives Mattered Then, and Do Now

Monday, January 19, 2015

For this year’s national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all of the speeches, marches, singing and rallies have to somehow have roots in Ferguson, Mo. It’s because a year ago Michael Brown …

Editorial: Government Must Help Stop Hackers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hackers defaced Crayola’s Facebook page last week with some offensive and off-color posts that no parent would want children to see. Separately, intruders managed to hijack the YouTube and Twitter accounts of U.S. Central Command, posting videos and documents to taunt the military. Both cyberattacks were symbolic annoyances …

Column: Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. …

Column: The French Are Complicit in the Assault on Free Speech

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Within an hour of the massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, thousands of Parisians spontaneously gathered at the Place de la Republique. Rallying beneath the monumental statues representing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, they chanted “Je …

Steve Nelson: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

Sunday, January 18, 2015

No, I am not Charlie. The New York Times is not Charlie. The Valley News is not Charlie. The murder of a dozen magazine staff members in Paris has generated a fascinating debate about freedom of expression. No person, save the demented followers of extremist Islam, can view …

Column: Why Electricity Costs Spiked

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Forum letter writer was speaking for many recenly when he asked about huge electric rate increases this winter and paltry explanations for them. David C. Montgomery of Hanover said his electricity bill had increased by 72 percent, …