Nancy Braus

Crowd of Trump supporters marching on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, ultimately leading to the building being breached and several deaths.

Trump is too dangerous for his opponents to play nice

This current crop of Republicans use an array of dirty tricks to ensure long-term electoral power, and they dream of permanent minority rule


Nancy Braus, until recently an independent bookseller, is a longtime activist who contributes often to these pages.

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For Jews on the Left, a terrible position

‘A House resolution feels like one more step in the process of marginalizing progressive Jews. Speaking up in favor of Palestinian lives becomes more risky every day.’

Nancy Braus, until recently an independent bookseller, is a longtime activist who contributes often to these pages. So we now have a House of Representatives with a large majority, in passing a resolution on Dec. 5, willing to back the totally bogus and dangerous statement "anti-Zionism is antisemitism." Reading...

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On abortion, the numbers don’t lie

The forced birthers didn’t have a clue about the buzzsaw they were about to confront

It is clear that the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court caught the Republicans completely off guard, even though they have been working to take away the rights of women since before they killed the Equal Rights Amendment. The Right must have thought that stealing the basic rights to...

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To be critical of the Israeli state is not antisemitism

Recently, in my bookstore in Brattleboro, a belligerent man came blustering up to the front desk to yell at us for displaying a Black Lives Matter sign in our window. Why? Because he claimed that Black Lives Matter stands for murdering "my people" at this terrible time. My staff and I all made it clear to this man that our sign stays up because actual Black lives matter to us. And, as I am every bit as Jewish as this...

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Lessons from an old, sick dog's crazy adventure

On Friday, Sept. 8, many in the area experienced an amazing thunderstorm - possibly one of the most intense lightning strikes that I can ever remember. We have a very old, very large, disabled dog. Luke generally spends 23 hours a day asleep - he takes an occasional mosey to the brook to lie down in the cool water. He has severe arthritis and diabetes, and is almost blind and likely deaf, but he still likes his food, swims, and...

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No housing bargains today. Or housing.

Recently, I read a story about a family of four - granted, two were very young - who were so excited about all the money they were saving living in a tiny house. I read another story about a young man who had no cash, so he has tricked out a semi-truck interior. The previous week, it was a renovated shipping container from Lowe's; the week before, it was a fully fixed-up ancient school bus. Some of these projects look...

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In support of Dover library director

John Flores was the librarian at the Dover Free Library for 24 years. He has been a dedicated community servant, putting on creative and interesting programs and thoughtfully buying books locally whenever possible. In June, John was fired from the library with no cause. After 24 years, he was escorted out of his former workplace like a criminal. No notice. No "thank you for your service." Just walked out as if he was a thief. In the news article in...

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A book ban backlash

About 15 years ago, many of us bookstore owners wondered if we were still relevant. The behemoth Amazon was attempting to recreate the destruction of the record shop. Some independent booksellers even closed preemptively. Some stores actually joined in the e-book "revolution," trying to sell an alternative to the big bully's product, but Amazon retained a firm grip on e-books. I made up my mind early: we would not be a digital portal. We would be there for our community...

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