Archive for ‘Opinion’

  • Small World: A modest proposal

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Republican presidential candidates by the score (it seems) are calling for something to be done about the 11 (plus or minus) million illegal aliens who reside among us. The loudest voices demand that illegals be returned to their homes of origin and made to stand in visa lines like everyone […]

  • CANNING IN THE DARK — Karen Lewis continues to work on canning despite a power outage. To add illumination, husband and BN columnist Peter Lewis went out into the front garden and yanked out three solar-powered path lights and brought them into the kitchen, where, after being gently scolded for getting dirt on the counter, he brightened things up considerably.

    Uppermost House: Sucking up the ladybugs

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist I could never be single. My wife Karen and I do lots of stuff together. Have for over three decades. We don’t live extravagantly. Can’t afford it. Wouldn’t do it anyway. And so our days are simple and straightforward, ordinary; some might even think them lackluster and pedestrian. We […]

  • Small World: Waging a real war on drugs

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Fifty-seven deaths occurred in 2014 in Maine from heroin overdose, the Portland paper reports. The next day, the paper reports that the governor wants to call out the National Guard to deal with the emergency — in exactly what way is left blank. Meanwhile the legislature has added funds for […]

  • COMPACT DOWNTOWN of Brattleboro, Vt. was alive last Friday night because there were more pedestrians moving around than cars. That’s a downtown’s job, to get people out of their cars and mingling, socially and commercially.

    Almost home: Who wins and loses in our Mall America?

    By Michael T. Corrigan BN Columnist Tumbled into several long blocks beside the broad Connecticut River, Brattleboro, Vt. boasts an extraordinarily packed downtown, with several handsome stone public buildings interspersed along commercial streets of red brick. It is an attractive city, only slightly threadbare from long use, and further decorated with some larger old homes […]

  • Small World: A flag of heritage or oppression?

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist I might be coming a bit late to the loud debate over official display of the flag of the Confederacy, but I am moved to do so after reading Christopher Dickey’s Our Man in Charleston. Dickey describes the work of the British Consul in Charleston in the years before and […]

  • Uppermost House: I am standing, corrected…

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist Two weeks ago, I wrote a nostalgic little column for this newspaper using the scratches that my children put in our dining room table with eating utensils as a kind of lament over time long past. After I tapped in the final period, I pondered a title. Often the […]

  • Small World: Traffic jams, long lines, higher taxes — why?

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Why is it that one of the most damaging, wrong-headed ideas afflicting the world is so little discussed and so weakly blocked? I refer to the efforts — in many places successful — to prevent birth controls from being exercised. As a consequence, the world’s population is zooming out of […]

  • Small World: Let us now praise famous men (and women)

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist It is the customary practice of newspaper columnists that they attack the reputations of individuals and groups; tear down, never build up; ignore virtues, chase after vices. Thus, there is an irresistible urge to go after Donald T—p. I resist even the mere mention of his name in order not […]

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    Uppermost House: A long for the fork

    By S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist High from the north the new summer dawn slants in early, golden and burning above the distant ridge and slicing through a muggy haze over the meadow and blazing in through the window, streaking and glinting across the top of our dining room table. I bought the table 16 […]

  • Small World: U.S. and Iran reach agreement

    By Henry Precht BN Columnist Last week, I offered a column presenting a sharp analysis of the current Middle East by quoting the views of a broadly experienced and wise former ambassador. Today, for a discussion of the U.S.-Iran deal on the latter’s nuclear program, I aim even higher: To obtain an authoritative and detailed […]