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Column: Independent Scotland Could Be Nuke-Free

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Novelist and longtime Scotland resident J.K. Rowling did not mention national security issues when she recently donated 1 million pounds ($1.71 million) to the Better Together Campaign, which wants Scottish voters to reject the independence option in the Sept. 18 referendum. Rowling — creator of Harry Potter and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft — did emphasize the economic downsides of a divorce from the rest of the United Kingdom. But if her funds and celebrity status help “no” voters carry the day, she will share the credit for a real-life geo-strategic feat: saving Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The pro-independence leaders of the ruling Scottish National Party have …

Column: When Can Israel, or Hamas, Declare Victory and End the Fight?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I’ve written a couple of posts already about why all the international calls for a cease-fire in Gaza haven’t yet borne fruit — it’s mainly because the two sides doing the fighting have irreconcilable goals and are under little domestic pressure to stop — but is there any scenario in which the bloodshed, at least this round of it, could end without an …

Column: Boehner Fiddles, Far Right Burns to Impeach

Friday, August 1, 2014

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, …

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 …

Willem Lange: I Like Bats in the Great Outdoors, but Not as Household Guests

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The windows in all our outside doors at home go down almost to the floor. So, too, do the openings in our storm doors. The most-used door in the house, the one onto the back porch, has become a sort of TV set for occasional stray or not-so-stray …

Column: The Day the Jitney Died, Killed by Regulators

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Car services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are thriving because they’ve embraced an obvious, good idea: connecting those who have spare time and wheels with people who need rides. Founded just five years ago, Uber now operates in 128 cities and on every continent but Antarctica. The company …

Column: Bring Us the Head of Glenn McCoy — Or Is It OK to Be Offended?

Friday, July 18, 2014

I can’t decide if I should get agitated, be amused or just remain bemused by the tempest in an inkpot surrounding the political cartoons by Glenn McCoy that occasionally pop up in the Valley News . I always …

Column: Maybe Obama Should Embrace the Theater

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“This is not theater.” That was President Obama’s answer in Dallas last week to critics who said he should have gone to the border to see firsthand the mass immigration of unaccompanied minors that has suddenly seized Washington’s …