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Column: We should observe Jan. 6 in addition to July 4
07-01-2023 10:04 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, July Fourth, let’s consider the possibility of another holiday. The United States should designate Jan. 6 as an annual Day of Remembrance, modeled on Guy Fawkes Day in Great Britain.On Nov. 5, 1605, British...


Column: How can competitive coexistence with China be possible?
07-01-2023 10:00 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

No other global leader would have mustered the courage to call President Xi Jinping of China a dictator, as President Joe Biden did during his recent 2024 election fundraising visit in California. It wasn’t a senior moment, an unguarded slip of the...


Column: The motivation for perspiration — or just ambulation
06-28-2023 10:53 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

I discovered the links among strength, body weight and balance during the winter of 1959-60. Working at the Lake Placid bobsled run introduced me to a whole new gang of men, most of them from “the other side of the mountain.” They ranged in age from...


Column: Those killed in the Titanic tourist submersible deserve respect, not mockery
06-24-2023 10:23 PM

By STEVE NELSON

As I write, the news of the implosion of Titan, the OceanGate submersible, is breaking. The five occupants are presumed dead. This piece of expensive ($250,000 per passenger) adventure tourism has dominated the news since the rescue mission began last...


Column: A weekend as a tourist in my own neighborhood
06-21-2023 3:29 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

I’ve lived a great percentage of my life in towns or places that people go to for vacations or getaways. This means that I’ve lived in some lovely places, and also that when it’s been the occasion for a getaway of my own, the traffic has always been...


Commentary: It’s time to rethink the Wilder Dam
06-18-2023 7:24 PM

By CHET CLEM

The recent Valley News op-ed (“Permitting reform can aid renewable energy”) about transmission of Quebec hydroelectricity, represents an ongoing paradigm shift where environmentalists and energy producers are working together toward mutually...


Column: Suppose they held a schism and nobody left
06-17-2023 9:21 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

Stop me if you’re heard this before. A major Protestant denomination is splitting over issues of sexual identity and practice.In 2003, it was the election and consecration of V. Gene Robinson as the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire that prompted an...


Column: In search of a gregarious Canadian visitor
06-14-2023 12:43 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

I gave Kiki her Kong with a healthy dab of peanut butter inside, promised her I’d be back as soon as possible (the next day; my daughter Martha would pick her up in a couple of hours), tossed my gym bag and rain parka into Hagar and turned his...


Column: Fearless and robust speech on university campuses
06-12-2023 10:11 AM

By NARAIN BATRA

University campuses have always been a place for resistance against oppression and a battleground for our freedom of expression since the early days of the republic. During the 1960s socially conscious students at the University of California,...


Over Easy: Reasons to be grateful 
06-12-2023 9:51 AM

By DAN MACKIE

I have read quite a few self-improvement books in my life but when I finish them I seem to be much the same person I was on page one. “Awaken the Giant Within!” “Be Rich Now!” “Be So Full of Yourself That You and Everyone Else Will Hardly Be Able to...


Column: Singing from the same hymnbook
06-07-2023 10:24 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

It’s an old New England tradition, when you’ve been invited to visit someone, to adjure them not to fuss. I’ve just spent the weekend at a class reunion at my old school, and I can tell you: They fussed! It’s hard to imagine how we could have been...


Column: Human-AI collaboration could be transformative
05-30-2023 3:45 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a mighty technological force, transforming various aspects of our lives. With its potential to automate tasks, improve efficiency, and help us make complex decisions, collaborative AI holds great promises...


Column: US painfully slow to learn lessons of war
05-30-2023 3:37 PM

By STEVE NELSON

Even after 57 years it seems incomprehensible. My high school friend and swimming teammate Fred West was killed in Vietnam, only a few weeks into his tour of duty.Fred was a year behind me in high school and, as we were not particularly close, I was...


Column: A long way to go for a French connection
05-24-2023 10:20 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

On paper, the Connecticut River and the Rhone don’t look all that different. Each of them is about 300 miles long from the town nearest its source (Pittsburg and Chamonix) to its debouchement into the sea (Long Island Sound and the Mediterranean)....


Column: Mer de Glace and the Grandes Jorasses
05-17-2023 9:56 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

 It was always a pleasure, at the beginning formation of Boy Scout meetings, to respond to the command, “Report!” with, “All present or accounted for, sir.” Now, over 75 years later, it’s still very satisfactory to count noses in the airline gate area...


Over Easy: Par for the course
04-28-2023 11:35 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Shockingly — SHOCKINGLY — I haven’t heard back from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas about my offer to put him up for a week or two for an Upper Valley vacation with certain, albeit limited, luxury elements.He has been kicking back with...


Column: This is the anthem. Throw all your hands up
04-26-2023 10:15 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

It’s often characterized as a British officers’ drinking song, but it’s hardly that. “The Anacreontic Song” was the official song of an 18th century club of London “wealthy men of social rank” that met monthly for banquets, musical performances and...


Column: As years stretch on, so does the healing process
04-19-2023 9:49 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

The other day — a bluebird day if ever there was one: temperature in the 70s; bright blue sky, robins on the lawn, coltsfoot rioting along the driveway — I shuffled tentatively across the newly mud-free yard to the barnlike garage where the cars have...


Column: In modern politics, if you can’t beat ’em, attack ’em
04-12-2023 10:32 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

If there were a Shakespearean stage direction for the arch-conservative wing of American politics as it is currently constituted, it would be: “Exeunt stage right, scattering petards.”How in the world any group can expect to prevail consistently among...


Column: I’m flying high, but not everyone’s so lucky
04-06-2023 2:51 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

American Airlines Flight 6059 to Burlington swung wide over Lake Champlain and approached the airport from the north, delightfully early, explaining without words why we were early: a strong south wind all the way from Philadelphia. A wheelchair was...

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