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Column: Torture Is Not a Public Relations Problem

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The CIA is on a “charm offensive.” In June, it opened a Twitter account. (Its first tweet? “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.”) Later that month, it held its first public conference, at Georgetown University. On a full day of panels, David Sanger of The New York Times and I were the only speakers without direct ties to the intelligence community. Still, it was …

Column: Anti-Gay Facebook Post Costs Editor His Job

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In February, the editor of a small daily newspaper in Iowa called the Newton Daily News posted on his personal Facebook page, “Russia gets a lot of things wrong, but they got one thing right.” Below it was a graphic of intersecting Olympic rings that spelled out: “One man. One woman. One God. …

Willem Lange: Way Up North in New Hampshire, Where Nature Has Surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Hampshire, 44º50’N We’re located almost halfway from the Equator to the North Pole here, but the land leans more toward the north than the south. There’s no hint of palmettos or magnolias; the skyline is spiky with white spruces dominated here and there by great white pines. It takes little imagination to picture this forest continuing unchanged and unbroken from this parallel …

Randall Balmer: Remembering Freedom Summer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In 1987 I happened to be in Jackson the day the Mississippi Legislature finally passed a bill authorizing a state holiday to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. The Legislature decided, in its infinite wisdom, that the day would …

Steve Nelson: Co-op May Need To Add a Review Process

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A great deal of attention has been given the Co-op Food Stores brouhaha. I can’t recall a local issue that inspired more comment during my 23 full and part-time years in the Upper Valley (all of them as a Co-op member). The turmoil arose as a result of …

Column: We Deserve to Know Why the Co-op Fired Us

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hanover Co-op General Manager Terry Appleby wrote a recent op-ed article for the Valley News in which he described the many attributes of the Hanover Co-op, including the Co-op’s purported support for employee rights to seek to form a union and to offer constructive criticism to management. However, …

Column: Morality in the Middle East

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between …

Column: End VA Corruption and Pentagon Waste

Friday, July 18, 2014

  The ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs scandal raises an important question: When our veterans are being denied access to basic health care, why is the Pentagon squandering billions of dollars on programs that do not benefit our …

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 …