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Column: It’s not easy being a consumer
08-07-2023 12:12 PM

By RANDALL BALMER

Dear Groupon, please forgive me for not responding sooner to your kind invitation — actually, three invitations — to review the stamp dispenser I ordered. I’m teaching several courses right now, we’re in the process of moving and my in-laws are in bad...


Over Easy: You bet your life
08-04-2023 4:53 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I have never had much interest in gambling, other than in matters like eating dicey leftovers from the fridge. “I have an iron stomach,” I tell my wife and chief risk assessment officer, Dede, who does not always approve.As for sports gambling, which...


Column: Being alone with loons
07-31-2023 9:37 AM

By MICKI COLBECK

Sitting on a grassy patch where the clean tea-colored water begins, the lake is flat, calm, wide, the color of blue pewter, the morning sun just showing behind clouds, the air quiet. The gang of ten, as I call the loons that have gathered off to the...


Over Easy: The family wagon
07-21-2023 5:56 PM

By DAN MACKIE

I think I know how to save America: Bring back the station wagon.That’s a bold statement, but stick with me. When America ruled the world, station wagons ruled the road. Roof racks were common and could hold half the nation’s GDP, hopefully strapped...


Shakespeare theater camp finds alternative stages after being displaced by floods
07-19-2023 10:22 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

CHELSEA — On Monday afternoon, nestled in a humble copse of trees to take advantage of a brief spell of good weather, campers in the Chelsea “Get Thee To The Funnery” Shakespeare Program were running lines. The annual two-week summer camp for kids...


NHMS helping Harvick go out with bang
07-15-2023 7:30 PM

By JASON REMILLARD

LOUDON, N.H. — For more than 20 years, Kevin Harvick has been one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ big guns.On Saturday, he received a gift befitting of that status.Harvick will be retiring from full-time competition following this season, becoming a TV...


Column: A perfect long weekend pops up over the border
07-13-2023 5:01 PM

By WILLEM LANGE

This one kind of fell into our laps. And we made the most of it.On the last day of June I was scheduled to give a talk to the Montgomery (Vt.) Historical Society. Storytelling gigs pretty much petered out during the COVID pandemic and haven’t really...


Digging in to rescue a beloved forest parcel
07-13-2023 4:35 PM

By MICKI COLBECK

I love to go hiking. I’m always game for a walk in the woods. There are so many ferns and flowers and mosses and rocks to identify and so many birds and frogs to hear. We now have a new place on the edge of town for hiking and nature walks. The trails...


Theater Review: Northern Stage’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ offers gaudy take on the Austen classic
07-05-2023 7:09 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Before I attended Friday’s performance of “Sense and Sensibility,” the closing show of Northern Stage’s 25th anniversary season, I refreshed my memory of the story by watching Ang Lee’s faithful 1995 film adaptation, starring...


Column: Nervous about ticks
07-05-2023 9:35 AM

By WILLEM LANGE

It doesn’t take a genius to spot the irresistible threat headed our way from the southwestern United States. Serious changes (along with smoke from forest fires) are in the air. I’m predicting a second wave of immigration and real estate inflation,...


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...

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