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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...


A Yankee Notebook: A teacher and a great read about the Arctic
02-28-2024 9:39 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

If you gad about enough and try to do at least one new thing a week, you’re bound to encounter interesting people, educational experiences and exciting situations. A perfect proof of that came up for me last summer, when I trundled across New England...


Column: How to totally enjoy the coming total eclipse
02-16-2024 7:46 PM

By F. X. FLINN

In August 2017, on a South Carolina beach with my mom, two aunts, two uncles, and another 40 adults who were either siblings, first cousins, spouses or children of same, I witnessed totality for the first time.My primary takeaway: I had never seen a...


Column: Can the US build bridges with authoritarians?
02-16-2024 7:45 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

I always look forward to reading the periodic reports about the intersection of business and government issued by Tuck School of Business Dean Matthew Slaughter and his colleague, and former White House speechwriter, Matthew Rees. The most recent...


Column: New Hampshire lawmakers ignore obvious gun safety measures
02-09-2024 4:35 PM

By WAYNE GERSEN

Monday’s Valley News featured two articles describing gun control legislation under consideration this year in New Hampshire. As part of the majority of voters who seek stricter gun control, I am frustrated and bewildered by the incremental approach...


Column: Wishing for a stern winter test
02-09-2024 4:28 PM

By JONATHAN STABLEFORD

I’m staring out my window into the deep woods, where the trees are swaying like a gospel choir and releasing clouds of last night’s snow. The temperature is barely above freezing, but what I see looks like winter. January brought us a little of...


Column: Don’t blame Act 127 for higher Vermont tax rates
02-09-2024 4:25 PM

By MARC B. SCHAUBER

Act 127 of 2022, the law that corrected 25 years of injustice in our education funding system, is a good law. It allows all children in Vermont to receive an excellent education regardless of their background or zip code, all while supporting local...


On the Trail: Did NH primary show retail politics is dead?
02-05-2024 4:03 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Another New Hampshire presidential primary is in the books, and some political prognosticators are quick to proclaim that the Granite State’s storied first-in-the-nation primary and cherished candidate-to-voter retail-style campaigning are both on...


A Look Back: That Golden Age of ski jumping
02-04-2024 7:27 AM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Erling Heistad came to Lebanon from Norway in 1923 and in a matter of a few months he set off a half century’s worth of excitement that would eventually establish a local Golden Age of what had been an obscure Scandinavian sport, ski jumping. For...

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