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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 all the way to tree line in …

Column: Medicaid Change Rejected, and a Woman Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and Legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest …

Column: Close the Tax Loophole That Sends U.S. Corporations Overseas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. At the same time, the system has become full of inefficiencies and special-interest loopholes. That is why it is so important that we reform our business tax code to make …

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 …

Column: America’s Immigration Crisis Is a Moral Crisis

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of …

Column: U.S. Is Losing the Message War in the Mideast

Monday, July 14, 2014

What, exactly, does the United States stand for in the Middle East? More important, what would the average Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian or Yemeni say that it stands for? The suggestion that the United States is retrenching might seem …

Column: This Country Needs a ‘Good Jobs’ President

Monday, July 14, 2014

Last month, President Obama defied Republican threats to file suit against him for his use of executive orders. “If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions,” the president said, “the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill, solve a problem.” …

Editorial: Borderline Inaction

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nobody knows for sure how much weight, or blame, to assign each of the factors that have contributed to the flood of unaccompanied children and teens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The surge of illegal entries has crested into a full-blown immigration crisis, the resolution of …

Travelers, Never Mind MERS, Pay More Attention to Measles

Monday, July 14, 2014

As Americans head off on summer vacations this year, federal health authorities are keeping a wary eye out for an unwanted traveler: one of the most contagious infectious diseases in the world. The microscopic droplets that spread this virus can remain suspended in the air for up to …

Column: Raise the Gas Tax and Then Abolish It

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The federal Highway Trust Fund, which helps pay for transportation projects all over the country — non-highways included — now looks as if it will run out of money in August. That timeline sets up another last-minute, high-stakes confrontation in Washington over how to replenish an essential program …

Column: Devastation Led to Call for Protection of Vermont’s Environment

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As we celebrate the success of the federal Endangered Species Act, currently in its 40th year, we are taking stock of the role it has played in the restoration of many fish, wildlife and plant species across the …

Column: Poverty Is a State of Mind as Much as a Fact

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hartford, Conn. Sara Bareillis played softly through the surround-sound speakers of my husband’s 2003 Mercedes Kompressor as I sat idling at a light. I’d never been to this church before, but I could see it from where I was, across from an old park, abandoned in the chilly …