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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,...

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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...


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...


Column: Vermonter’s need real data security
05-24-2024 2:12 PM

By MICHAEL MARCOTTE, STEPHANIE JEROME and MONIQUE PRIESTLEY

Everything we do and say online is cataloged every moment of every day of our lives. Sometimes we know what’s being collected and tracked, but we decide to trade permission for convenience. Most of the time, we don’t even realize what is being...


Over Easy: Baby crazy in West Lebanon
05-23-2024 4:30 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Have I told you about our granddaughter? Yes? Oh, well, let me go on about her anyway.Since July of last year, Dede and I have been grandparents to Vivian, a former preemie who has blossomed like the flowering trees that are plump and pretty and a...


Theater Review: It’s a good bet ‘Ripcord’ will make you laugh
05-22-2024 4:04 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

Between college dorm living and the house shares that are often part and parcel of a person’s 20s, tales of unsuitable roommates abound in most friend groups.Shaker Bridge Theatre’s production of “Ripcord,” up through May 26 in the Briggs Opera House,...


Column: Let’s send to Congress someone who knows New Hampshire people
05-17-2024 2:37 PM

By POLLY CAMPION, SUE FORD and DEBORAH REYNOLDS

As we head into campaign season, and with U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster’s retirement this fall, New Hampshire’s second congressional district will be an open seat race for the first time in over a decade. As voters, let’s begin this race with a promise to...


Column: Protests highlight the need for humanities education at Dartmouth
05-10-2024 8:36 PM

By JAMES HEFFERNAN

The dust is already settling. Including the Hanover Police Department and President Beilock, virtually everyone now agrees that all of the people who demonstrated on the Dartmouth Green the night of May 1 were peaceful and that riot police should...


A Look Back: Upper Valley dining scene changes with the times
05-05-2024 4:31 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Before franchised fast food and corporate-owned restaurants hit the Upper Valley, there was a time when locally owned diners and a variety of family-run eating establishments flourished and produced many fond memories and much nostalgia. For at least...


Column: Act 76 is transforming child care in Vermont
05-03-2024 10:01 PM

By SITHEMBISO MUHLAURI and TAMMIE AB HAZLETT

Last year, we came together as child care program owners and early childhood educators from around Vermont to sound the alarm on the dire state of Vermont’s child care system. Pandemic-era federal funding was running out, and we were facing the...


Column: Vermont needs to address its entire education system
04-19-2024 6:53 PM

By RICK DUSTIN-EICHLER

Vermonters love to talk about the weather. Regardless of the social situation, conversations rarely start without some reference to past, current or future conditions. As the old Mark Twain saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather in New England,...


Column: AI is transformative, but doctors are paramount
04-19-2024 6:52 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

A few years ago, I was on a return flight from New Delhi to Paris and New York, when the chief flight attendant suddenly broke up the humming silence and asked passengers to ring the call bell if anyone was a doctor. One physician, a tall and handsome...

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