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Column: Yes, Upper Valley, AIDS Is Still With Us, and Testing Is Essential

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This coming Monday is World AIDS Day. Each Dec. 1 for the past 28 years, World AIDS Day has been an opportunity for those infected and affected, caregivers, volunteers and all those engaged in prevention and treatment of HIV, to pause and commemorate those lost, as well as to celebrate the gains made since the appearance of the virus in the United States in the early 1980s. Now that HIV …

Column: Know More, Eat Less at Chain Restaurants

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The airwaves are alive with Thanksgiving and Christmas calorie stories. Makes sense. But are those pecan pie dissections really all that relevant? After all, holidays come around once a year. What’s more important is what you take in on normal days. A quick quiz: How many calories in a bagel? 250. A blueberry muffin? More than 300. A big Mac? 550. A cup …

Column: Dartmouth Professor to Obama: Take The Lead

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Every great president since George Washington has also been a great partisan. President Obama, however, has been reluctant to present himself as a partisan, much less as the leader of a party. This leaves him vulnerable in the wake of his executive action that could protect about 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, …

Column: The Brazen New World of Cyberhackers

Friday, November 14, 2014

San Francisco Years ago hackers planted malicious software on computer systems that control parts of the United States’ critical infrastructure, including pieces of the electrical grid, gas and water systems. The malware, which the Department of Homeland Security warned about only last month, was dubbed BlackEnergy and traced …

Column: Democrats Must Sharpen Their Economic Message

Friday, November 14, 2014

A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Economic messages are serious business for Democrats. Republicans tend to win elections not when their own economic messages are plausible (such instances are too few to be statistically …

Column: Supreme Court Justices May Make Mincemeat of Health Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

Washington Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. They …

Column: The Case for Training Mountain Lions to Walk on Treadmills

Thursday, November 13, 2014

As I rubbed the frostbite out of my hands on returning from a seal survey on Antarctic ice recently, I was informed that I had the dubious distinction of making the Top 5 in the 2014 list of …

Column: Midterm Math and Flaws in How We Count

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Republican Rick Scott won the Florida midterm election for governor, but 51.8 percent of voters did not want him. Democrat Gina Raimondo was elected governor of Rhode Island, despite 59.2 percent of voters choosing someone else. What is …

Column: Presidents and Senators Are Often at Odds

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Will President Obama’s relations with the Senate change, now that Democrats have lost control of it? Probably not. And that’s because he didn’t have much of a relationship with it in the first place. Neither did most of our previous presidents, even when the Senate was in their …

Column: On the Edge of the Dark and the Cold, We Await Longer Days

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Montpelier The firewood is all stacked neatly in its cellar alcove next to the wood-fired boiler. It’s got a few weeks of seasoning to do before I start feeding it to the furnace; the red oak, when I get to it, I’ll just move to the back of …

Column: Workers Seek Stability and a Clear Path Upward

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington A couple of economic mysteries marked last week’s election. First of all, the jobs numbers came in on Friday about the same way they’ve been coming in for months: good, though not great. If you think the election had a lot to do with how voters feel …

Column: Military Suicides Reflect Problems in American Society

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jeremy Sears, a Marine who had served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, walked onto a shooting range outside San Diego on Oct. 6, placed a handgun to his head and calmly pulled the trigger. It was a local news story but didn’t attract attention outside San Diego …

Column: World Bank Must Make Human Rights a Priority

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Does it matter that the lead source of funding for, and thinking about, world development won’t go near human rights with a 10-foot pole? World Bank President Jim Yong Kim spoke eloquently last month about the bank’s new commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030 and improve the …