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Different art forms coexist at Opera North
07-10-2024 3:28 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

As art forms go, opera, with its opulent venues and complicated storylines, can often risk intimidating and alienating all but its most avid fans.Since Evans Haile became the general director of Opera North 10 years ago, the company has been expanding...

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A Solitary Walker: A fen and its many orchids
07-12-2024 7:31 PM

By MICKI COLBECK

Why are the orchids here? I park my car along the Class 4 road by a kiosk on Hemenway Road and walk up the trail into our Strafford Town Forest, which had been donated in the 1960s by a local doctor. I feel comforted by the presence of tall old trees...


Column: A child’s spirit eases us into the world of work
07-12-2024 7:00 PM

By DIANE ROSTON

“Two boys, one hour each, 10 bucks apiece.” This was the agreement I struck with my neighbor about hiring his 5th grade son and his friend to weed my garden. Although my own children have long since left the nest, I hadn’t forgotten the raggedy...


On the trail: Goodlander, Van Ostern spotlight fundraising in race to succeed Kuster
07-09-2024 5:01 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Retiring six-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster was long known on the campaign trail for her fundraising prowess.And Colin Van Ostern and Maggie Goodlander, the two candidates running for the Democratic Party nomination in New Hampshire’s Second...


By the Way: Reckoning with white evangelical racism
07-05-2024 9:01 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

As someone who was reared as an evangelical, I resisted for decades the charge that white evangelicals were racist. Sure, I knew about segregation academies and places like Bob Jones University, but I was also aware that many evangelical megachurches...


Over Easy: The wisdom of the ancients
07-04-2024 8:01 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I don’t know if I can say that liberals are superior, but we really are superior at panic. We are world-class, first-rate, top-shelf, unrivaled. Squirrels in the road have nothing on us. A chipmunk staring down a cat is relaxed by comparison.I did not...


Looming disappearance of hand-mowing skills prompted start of competitions
06-30-2024 5:03 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

It once was a skill every man and boy over age 10 in rural Vermont and New Hampshire mastered, an activity absolutely vital to sustaining animal agriculture with antecedents tracing back thousands of years. Watching someone doing it today seems like...


Column: Vermont homeless count reflects a sobering reality
06-28-2024 5:50 PM

By MICHAEL REDMOND

The recent heat wave and the resultant health risks for broad sectors of the population have been on the minds of many. While the higher-than-average temperatures we experienced have now eased and will return later this summer in typical weather...


Column: Vermonter’s need to talk about education
06-28-2024 3:59 PM

By FLOR DIAZ SMITH

The end of the school year is an important moment for all our students, families and educators across Vermont. It is a celebration that public education is at the center of our communities and the foundation of our democracy. As our high school...


Column: Health care and education need a new story
06-21-2024 5:48 PM

By BEN SMITH

Over the past six months, Vermonters have witnessed two deeply saddening policy implosions. The first is the repeated failure of school budgets (the political equivalent of kicking our kids while they are down); the second is the continued increase in...


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...


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,...


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...


Over Easy: Sunday morning coming down
06-06-2024 4:04 PM

By DAN MACKIE

On Sunday morning there is a moment when I hesitate before I head out the door to scoop up our newspaper from the driveway. “Oh, that’s right,” I tell myself. The Sunday paper is no more.“I miss it,’’ my wife Dede tells me. She is a puzzle doer, and...


A Look Back: Witnesses remember the Great Lebanon Fire of 1964
06-01-2024 5:01 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

LEBANON — Most folks have a few events in their memory they’ll never lose track of, days like Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, or Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon....


By the Way: Sian Beilock can mend her frayed reputation
05-31-2024 8:01 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

Like many campuses across the nation, Dartmouth College has been roiling with unrest over the war in Gaza.On May 1, the college’s president called in local police and state troopers with riot gear to arrest 89 students, faculty, staff and community...


Woodstock’s first Pride brings community together
05-28-2024 5:31 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

For people who want to celebrate Pride Month in the Upper Valley, there is a growing array of options. It’s easy to find an inclusive movie screening or bookstore talk, and there are larger annual events, including at Dartmouth College and White River...


Column: The joy of spring speaks to survival
05-28-2024 11:42 AM

By JONATHAN STABLEFORD

It happens every year, the physical arrival of spring; so why is it so astonishing? Haven’t you been begging for just this to dislodge the mud and despair of the past six weeks? Haven’t you been hoping each trip to the woodpile will be your last until...


On the trail: Kuster to headline Biden campaign event
05-26-2024 3:41 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

When U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster announced in March that she wouldn’t seek re-election this year, the six-term lawmaker in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District said that she still planned to hit the campaign trail on behalf of fellow Democrats up...


Column: US Foreign Service deserve public’s attention and support
05-24-2024 2:25 PM

By PETER DeSHAZO

The centennial of the Foreign Service Act of 1924, which established the United States diplomatic service as we know it today, will occur on May 24. It is an anniversary that will go largely unnoticed because few Americans know what the Foreign...

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