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Editorial: Is ‘neutrality’ another name for failing to lead?

06-14-2024 10:01 PM

Dartmouth president Sian Leah Beilock is considering whether the college “should formally adopt a position of institutional neutrality,” according to Liz Lempres, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees. If it does, Dartmouth would join Harvard...


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Forum for July 22, 2024: Cognitive testing

07-22-2024 10:03 AM

Time for a cognitive testTo this independent voter, the presidential race has been thoroughly dispiriting. On the Republican side we have a pathological liar with no moral compass, who incited an insurrection against our government. On the Democratic...


Column: We need to be honest about Earth’s exhaustion

07-20-2024 2:16 PM

By MIRIAM VORAN

Floodwaters ripped through Vermont and New Hampshire, one year to the day after the 2023 devastation. Surely Nature’s screaming: you’ve blown past environmental limits! That’s the message of Earth Overshoot Day. This year it falls on Aug. 1. That’s...


Column: Dartmouth professor studies equality through the ages

07-20-2024 2:15 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

Reading Darrin McMahon’s book “Equality,” especially on the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, connects the debate during that transformative movement to battles over equality in the present moment.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. drew...


Forum for July 20, 2024: Register of deeds candidate

07-20-2024 2:12 PM

Candidate for register of deedsI am honored to introduce myself as a candidate for the register of deeds for Grafton County. My name is Terri L. Grimes, and I am deeply committed to serving our community with integrity, transparency and dedication....


Editorial: Hartford school officials need to explain superintendent's departure

07-19-2024 10:00 PM

The Hartford School Board owes the public a much fuller explanation of the circumstances surrounding the recent departure of long-time school Superintendent Tom DeBalsi than the highly implausible version it has provided so far.Thanks to the reporting...


Column: Divided Dartmouth still needs a course correction

07-19-2024 10:19 AM

By CAROL MULLER, MARIA CHRISTINE COLE, STEPHANIE A. WESTNEDGE, CHRISTINE BENALLY PERANTEAU, HOLLY LYNN PATTERSON and RACHEL PEREZ

In 2004, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton named Dartmouth College one of the world’s 10 most enduring institutions, along with Oxford University, the American Constitution and the Modern Olympic Games, for their abilities to adapt and change.Among...


Forum for July 18, 2024: Attack on Trump

07-19-2024 10:18 AM

Why shoot Trump?This is a sad day for America. Why would anyone want to shoot Trump? Is it because the people have been sold so many lies they cannot distinguish a lie from truth?Democrats have no real message so they attack Trump. They continue to...


A Yankee Notebook: New experiences are great, mostly

07-18-2024 12:43 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

For some decades I’ve tried to do something new each week: something I’ve never done before; something I haven’t done for a long time; or something I never thought I’d do again. I’m not always successful; and the something, whatever it is, isn’t...


Forum for July 17, 2024: In print

07-18-2024 12:42 PM

The world in printThe July 1 Valley News provided a composite of the main threads at odds with each other in politics, economics, ecology, religion, media. The standout Washington Post editorial — “Biden may have faltered, but Trump just lied” —...


Forum for July 16, 2024: Saving ‘special’

07-18-2024 12:41 PM

‘Special’ should be savedDuring the early years of her childhood, our daughter, Tracy, was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” Over the course of time, Special Olympics and its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, led a successful campaign with other...


Forum for July 15, 2024: Norwich solar sites

07-15-2024 9:08 AM

Siting solar projects in NorwichAs Solar Siting Sub-committee Chair in Norwich, I will clarify some points in Frances Mize’s recent article (“Solar energy generates debate”; July 6). The goal published by the Planning Commission is: “to make changes...


Editorial: Twin States need to stop taking money from children in foster care

07-12-2024 10:00 PM

What kind of a lowlife would steal from orphans and kids with disabilities? Sadly, the answer is not a character in a 19th century novel by Dickens, whose literary indictment of society’s mistreatment of children remains unsurpassed. In this case, the...


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...


Forum for July 13, 2024: Dying trees

07-12-2024 6:00 PM

Why trees are dyingFor over 50 years I have been deeply concerned by the effects of atmospheric change on our trees and forests. Just recently, at a children’s camp, I removed dozens of dead trees that should have been healthy. When the director asked...


Column: New Hampshire can show the way to pick a new nominee

07-12-2024 5:39 PM

By DAN WEEKS

We Granite Staters are rightfully proud of our first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For more than a century, it served the country well by providing an open testing ground for would-be leaders of the free world. Here, a national name and campaign...


A Yankee Notebook: We’re focusing on the wrong half of the debate

07-11-2024 11:10 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

I talk back to the television quite a bit. I get away with it; there’s nobody here but Kiki to comment on either my behavior or my performance. My wife used to point out, sometimes none too gently if I was commenting upon an especially egregious line...


Forum for July 11, 2024: The founders warned us

07-11-2024 11:10 AM

The founders were aware of demagogues Webster’s defines “demagogue” as a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and falsehoods and promises in order to gain power. At our founding, our leaders tried to build Constitutional and electoral procedures...


Forum for July 10, 2024: Hazardous waste

07-11-2024 11:08 AM

A good day for hazardous wasteOn Friday, July 12, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission will be holding a regional Household Hazardous Waste collection in Lebanon at 56 Labombard Rd. Residents of participating towns can bring up to 25...



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