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A couple of friends sent me a lovely Christmas gift — a big boiled ham, sausage, pancake flour and maple syrup. You know the kind of gift package I...

On July 11, 1994, my mom read to me from the Valley News: “Today is 2,000 days until the year 2000.” Today, in this new year and in this new decade...

A group of New Hampshire senators are contemplating a constitutional amendment prohibiting the burning of the American flag. The catalyst for this...

Humanity, at its present state of evolution, comprises a mass of atavistic impulses covered by a thin veneer of what is called civilization, and...

On at least one point there ought to be agreement in this deeply divided land: Our democracy is in serious trouble. Those on the left consider the...

A few years ago, my sister, Jan, was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors were hopeful, but the treatment was hard: six weeks in isolation for stem...

As a small boy, I was surrounded by absolutism. In those days before television, I went twice a week to Bible School, where we scissored robed...

MontpelierThe start of the new year provides an opportunity to reflect and set out our intentions for the months ahead. This year, I am asking all...

Column: Wrestling with paradoxes

1/11/20

A couple of months ago, as I re-organized my garden shed for the winter, I uncovered an old galvanized pail. Nearly three decades had passed since...

Last week I received a Happy New Year email from a friend I haven’t seen since 1967.Willie J. Vance is a retired lawyer, living in Peoria, Ill...

I am a native Granite Stater who prides myself on being a part of a tough and resilient rural community. Growing up here, as a public health...

How could I have guessed that, traveling to Arkansas and Texas during the Christmas holidays, I’d come face to face with mammoths? Or, having...

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