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Editorial: Is ‘neutrality’ another name for failing to lead?

06-14-2024 10:01 PM

Dartmouth president Sian Leah Beilock is considering whether the college “should formally adopt a position of institutional neutrality,” according to Liz Lempres, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees. If it does, Dartmouth would join Harvard...


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Forum for June 17, 2024: Medicare Advantage

06-17-2024 1:04 PM

Medicare’s disadvantageLake Sunapee VNA & Hospice CEO Jim Culhane shared how unacceptably low reimbursement by United Healthcare threatens essential services by community visiting nurses (“For-profit companies use Medicare as a lever”; June 11). He...


Column: American grandeur, in both landscape and spirit

06-14-2024 4:23 PM

By WAYNE GERSEN

My wife and I spent four of the past six weeks on the road in the west on two road trips that covered 3,700 miles. Our travels, which took us from Phoenix to the Pacific Northwest, helped us appreciate the vastness and emptiness of almost all of the...


Forum for June 15, 2024: Where’s the heart?

06-14-2024 4:22 PM

Where’s the heart?As a 1953 graduate of Dartmouth College, I have enjoyed reliving that moment of my life on many occasions. I was told that during the run-up to that event that President Dickey had retreated to his remote sanctuary high in Baker...


A Solitary Walker: At home among the backyard birds

06-14-2024 4:22 PM

By MICKI COLBECK

Early on, I noticed that my legs were sturdy like my brother’s — Irish legs, short and strong, close to the ground, better perhaps for digging potatoes and clearing rocks, as my grandparents may have done. While my teenage friends seemed to dance...


A Yankee Notebook: Kids absorb the outdoors

06-12-2024 10:28 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

We started the kids out early, Mother and I. From summers working on an island and living in a wall tent off the coast of Maine, and little weekend outings, we progressed to a trip down the Allagash when the oldest, Virginia, was 11 and the youngest,...


Column: Gov. Scott has no grand plan for affordable schools

06-12-2024 10:26 AM

By REBECCA HOLCOMBE

It’s Groundhog Day. Gov. Scott vetoed the yield bill, again leaving Vermont school districts adrift. The reason: all the school budgets voters approved add up to more than Gov. Scott wants them to spend.None of us likes an increase. Some legislators...


Column: For-profit health care loots Medicare

06-12-2024 10:24 AM

By JIM CULHANE

People who know me have heard me voice significant concerns about Medicare Advantage plans. From a consumer perspective, there is a lack of transparency of what many plans offer and a wide range of plans available … some better, some substantially...


Forum for June 11, 2024: Hold steady, Americans

06-12-2024 10:22 AM

Hold steady after Trump trialThe guilty verdict in the Trump trial has set off an explosion of rage and personal threats from Trump and many of his MAGA followers. These threats are dangerous and understandably frightening to those of us in both...


Forum for June 10, 2024: The youth vote

06-12-2024 10:21 AM

The kids are all right, to voteIf you are losing sleep in anticipation of the 2024 election, there is something you can do right now. Encourage the high school graduates in your life to register to vote.In New Hampshire, 17 year olds can register to...


Perspectives: A relationship built on writing

06-08-2024 5:01 PM

By BECKY MUNSTERER SABKY

Lois Moore doesn’t have an email address or any other mode of online communication. And while she does rely on her landline from time to time to talk to family, most of her information from family and friends arrives in the red, 100-year-old,...


Editorial: Artificial intelligence poses real risks

06-07-2024 8:01 PM

“Existential threat” has become the go-to catch phrase to warn about all sorts of looming catastrophes, from climate change to a second presidential term for Donald Trump. Add to the list “artificial general intelligence,” or A.G.I., which, The New...


Column: The greatest gift we can give to graduates

06-07-2024 3:47 PM

By MIRIAM VORAN

How are parents to feel about their student’s graduation? Graduations celebrate accomplishments; they are also good-byes with eyes on the prize of what’s ahead. And yet, everywhere around you, parents and young adults are clinging to each other, never...


Forum for June 8, 2024: Untrained teachers

06-07-2024 3:46 PM

Why hire untrained teachers?House Bill 1298 would allow adults working fewer than 30 hours a week to teach in New Hampshire without credentials if they pass a criminal background check. Anyone with a revoked teaching license cannot be hired. Would you...


Forum for June 7, 2024: Lebanon’s dog days

06-07-2024 3:45 PM

Dog days of summer start early in LebanonWith the arrival of warmer weather and open windows, it would behoove the dog owners of Lebanon (and of Bank Street in particular) to bear in mind that your neighbors are probably not as utterly oblivious to...


Forum for June 6, 2024: CCBA child care

06-07-2024 3:44 PM

CCBA is meeting changing child care standardsWe are disappointed, but not surprised at Jim Kenyon’s latest opinion piece suggesting that the CCBA is not fulfilling its mission to provide youth programming (“CCBA drops drop-offs”; May 25). To the...


A Yankee Notebook: A dog is a friend, but a terrier looks after you

06-04-2024 4:16 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

If we start down the driveway in late afternoon, Kiki knows it’s either getting the mail or going to the park. If I pass by the mailbox, she knows her dream is coming true, and climbs partway over the barrier that’s supposed to keep her in the back...


Forum for June 5, 2024: Lebanon parking

06-04-2024 4:13 PM

Lebanon’s parking situation is getting grimWhat is Lebanon thinking in planning events in town? They want lots of events, but they keep taking away more and more places for people to park to go to these events.They blocked a main road by Three...


Forum for June 4, 2024: Remember May 1

06-04-2024 4:11 PM

Remember May 1 and protests pastSince the May 1 debacle at Dartmouth College, there have been letters to the editor, editorials and opinion pieces by professors, editorial staff and common sense individuals on both sides of the Connecticut River. As a...


Column: What should the US prioritize in Gaza and the Middle East

05-31-2024 10:01 PM

By ARTHUR HOLCOMBE

The protracted Gaza war, as it evolved after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, has brought out two opposing geopolitical and economic forces in the Middle East.The first is non-Arab Iran and its proxy “states” — Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis in...


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