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A teenage tuber makes his way back to shore after a ride in the White River in Hartford, Vt., on July 19, 2013. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Column: So Much to Do in the Upper Valley, So Little Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It appeared to be a mirage in the middle of West Lebanon. Earlier this summer, during a drive on Route 10 near the Wilder Dam, my husband and I stopped at the Boston Lot parking area. We’d driven by hundreds of times, but never gave it much thought. However, we had our dog in the car, and we thought it …

Column: Obama Watches While Putin Pushes Limits

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. …

Column: Where Are America’s New Black Leaders?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The death on Saturday of Julian Bond, a leading 1960s civil rights leader who became chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, raises a deep question about contemporary U.S. politics: Where are today’s young Julian Bonds? Why isn’t there a clear and identifiable national …

Column: As Cod Season Winds Down, There’s Not a Moment to Lose

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Baccalieu Island, Newfoundland About an hour ago our fishing boat left the protected harbor of Bay de Verde, and right away pitched into a heavy swell and brisk wind. The helmsman turned into the waves and throttled back, while the two other members of the crew lowered a …

Column: A Better Iran Deal Is Illusory

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, all of whom oppose the Iran nuclear deal, have created their own virtual worlds when it comes to dealing with the Tehran regime. Most say that, if elected, they would cancel the agreement, get Congress to reinstate broader U.S. sanctions and then persuade the rest …

Column: If Congress Stands Firm Against Iran Deal, the Administration Will Shift Position

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As debate intensifies over the nuclear agreement reached with Iran, the Obama administration has sought to deflect criticism by arguing that there is no alternative to the current framework, no matter what its flaws, and that its rejection by Congress is guaranteed to produce catastrophe — isolating the …

Column: A Presidential Campaign Is No Place for Novices

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Washington Presidential primaries, particularly ones with as many candidates as there are on the Republican side this time, go through many phases. Though the “Holy cow, Donald Trump!” phase is not nearly over, we may now be seeing a simultaneous increase in the attention and interest given to …

Column: Why GOP Candidates Resemble Romney on Foreign Policy

Monday, August 17, 2015

There’s a good reason so many GOP candidates seem to be well-prepared yet uncannily in sync when it comes to foreign policy: Most of them have tapped the same group of experts for guidance, a shadow foreign policy campaign infrastructure just waiting for a nominee to emerge. Ever …

Column: Put the Brakes on Traffic Stops

Monday, August 17, 2015

In one video after another this year, we’ve seen police stops of African-American drivers go violently, terribly wrong. Think of Walter Scott, killed by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Or Sandra Bland, pulled over for failure to …

Column: Let’s Talk About Campaign Finance

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ed Rogers For The Washington Post While everyone is waiting breathlessly for Donald Trump’s next utterance, here is something worthwhile to think about: campaign finance reform. Don’t stop reading! (Side note: Trump’s dodge that his comment about Megyn Kelly was about a nosebleed is a lie and everyone …

Column: We Must Design a New Capitalism for a Jobless Future

Sunday, August 16, 2015

“There are more net jobs in the world today than ever before, after hundreds of years of technological innovation and hundreds of years of people predicting the death of work. The logic on this topic is crystal clear. …

Column: Confronting the Human Face of Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan: Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945; Nagasaki on Aug. 9. With searing heat and annihilating force, the nuclear blasts tore through factories, shops and homes in both …