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By the Way: A white nationalist’s many mistruths
04-05-2024 5:34 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, a Religious Right organization, has a history of involvement with the Ku Klux Klan in his home state of Louisiana. In 1996, while running the unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign of his friend and...

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Column: Act 250 update would preserve Vermont landscape
04-05-2024 9:56 AM

By LARRY SATCOWITZ

Act 250, Vermont’s visionary development statute, is over 50 years old. It is often credited as one of the primary reasons that our landscape looks the way it does. The law has been changed here and there over the years but is long overdue for a more...


Column: NH plans to rewrite rules for public schools
04-04-2024 4:20 PM

By SUSAN HOLCOMBE

Do you think that policy governing how New Hampshire schools run is made by local, elected school boards and perhaps by the Legislature? Think again. We are about to see some radical changes in rules for public schools. These are changes that will...


Column: Misinformation mars discussion of transgender youth
04-02-2024 12:21 PM

By FRANCES B. LIM LIBERTY, KEITH J. LOUD and JESSICA A. SMITH

Across the country, politicized misinformation and disinformation is being used to misrepresent transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. For example, the term “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” (ROGD) is being used in social and traditional media to...


Column: Vermont Republicans lay out their agenda
04-01-2024 3:27 PM

By BILL HUFF

Our state is facing multiple crises, mostly self-inflicted, the result of policies enacted by a Democratic supermajority made up of activists who are either out of touch with the real needs of Vermonters or too wrapped up in their own ideology to...


The non-valedictorian: The walk toward knowledge begins with a single step
04-01-2024 3:27 PM

By MIKE SKINNER

When my friends recently turned-on “Jeopardy” to test their academic skills, I felt so embarrassed when I couldn’t come up with any correct questions; it’s like the shame I felt in high school after being threatened with a sonic wedgie in gym class....


Over Easy: Happy enough in the Upper Valley
03-28-2024 4:39 PM

By DAN MACKIE

The World Happiness Report is out, and America’s ranking might make you frown. The USA, where “the pursuit of happiness” is enshrined in the Constitution, just after “the Right to Taylor Swift Concert Tickets” and “Snacks on on Super Bowl Sunday,” has...


Friendship inspires musical gatherings in Upper Valley fiddler’s home
03-27-2024 4:28 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

Music is made to be experienced in person. Watching performances online can be convenient, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person concerts. The feeling of interconnectedness that comes from a festival, concert or backyard jam,...


Column: Israel’s history enables its self-defense
03-25-2024 12:37 PM

By PHILIP J. KINSLER

Rashoman’s elephant is a tool to teach multiple perspectives. Several persons hold a part of an elephant and describe the animal. The person holding the ear … “It is soft, fluffy, cuddly.” With the trunk “it is powerful, maneuverable, dangerous.”...


Column: Construction waste dump is wrong for Claremont
03-22-2024 3:05 PM

By JIM CONTOIS, REB MACKENZIE, NELIA SARGENT, JUDITH KOESTER and HAYLEY JONES

Claremont residents have a long history of resisting dangerous pollution, protecting the health of our most vulnerable neighbors, and fighting for the thriving economy that we all deserve. Given that we spent decades organizing to shut down a...


Barnard comic is ‘never afraid to try new things’
03-20-2024 3:45 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

The first time Vicki Ferentinos pictured herself telling jokes on stage, she didn’t get too far.“I remember saying to a boyfriend when I was 17, ‘I want to be a stand-up.’ And he said, ‘I’m funnier than you.’ Then I didn’t think about it...


Column: Vermont should stop sending public money to private schools
03-15-2024 5:29 PM

By G. GREGORY HUGHES

The Common Benefits Clause of the Vermont Constitution provides “that government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation, or community, and not for the particular emolument or advantage of...


Column: Public school equity is going to require more funding
03-15-2024 5:26 PM

By WAYNE GERSEN

Two recent Valley News’ editorials focused on what it called Vermont’s “education funding mess.” Vermont’s education funding is a mess, but a mess that is hardly unique to Vermont. It is not unlike New Hampshire’s “education funding mess” or the...


Column: Basketball union vote gives Dartmouth room to dream
03-15-2024 10:03 AM

By NICHOLAS BOKE

Finally, a well-known American college can act like a college.Now that Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team has voted to unionize, and the college has countered that “the students on the men’s basketball team are not in any way employed by Dartmouth,”...


Over Easy: Irishness in America
03-14-2024 2:51 PM

By DAN MACKIE

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I suppose in Ireland there might be a pub on that very corner. So there’s a little bit of sadness in knowing that my West Lebanon corner leads to a gas station with hot dogs spinning on rollers...


A Solitary Walker: Restoring the health of our once-wild rivers
03-08-2024 4:48 PM

By MICKI COLBECK

The people in the Ompompanoosuc valley used to love their river — good fresh water for gardens and drinking, and a beautiful thing to look upon, but then she changed. She became faster and stronger and destroyed the things people built, who then...


Column: Shaheen should restore cuts to antitrust enforcement
03-07-2024 10:10 PM

By KRISTA BROWN

Our New Hampshire Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, chairs the appropriations subcommittee responsible for Justice Department funding. This week, that committee released a new bill that would slash $45 million from the Antitrust Division budget. The bill,...


Column: How we can prepare to make good decisions
03-07-2024 10:01 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

In our daily lives we see some of the most talented people, experts in their fields, in academics, sports, entertainment and business, choke under pressure when the moment for performance comes for which they have prepared for days and days. Why do...


Column: Emergency rooms move fast despite obstacles
03-07-2024 11:27 AM

By JENNIFER V. POPE

When it comes to health care, nobody likes to wait. By definition, emergencies are serious, often dangerous situations requiring immediate action. For those of us caring for patients on the front lines of emergency departments, the escalating patient...


A Look Back: The legislation that changed town meeting
03-03-2024 6:31 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

It was arguably the greatest change in the structure of New Hampshire town government in almost three centuries, seen by advocates as a necessary response to rapid population growth in many communities and by others as an assault on a cherished...


By the Way: Music drew me to the Episcopal Church
03-01-2024 5:43 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

Sometimes I’m asked how someone who grew up evangelical—a fundamentalist, really—became an Episcopalian and eventually an Episcopal priest. I typically reply with a semi-flippant answer: It was a reaction to the aesthetic deprivation of my...

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