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Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well documented, but nine months later key aspects are still not functioning or are functioning poorly. For example, users are still unable to …

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least that is how one might feel after reading a steady diet of disconcerting pieces in …

Editorial: Sanctuary for Immigrants in Vermont

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Washington Post blogger wondered recently whether Vermont might be the solution to the crisis resulting from the wave of undocumented and unaccompanied children flowing over the Mexican border from Central America. Why? Because the state’s two U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, have been leading advocates for immigration reform; the state has an estimated 1,500 undocumented immigrants who provide critical labor …

Editorial: Dueling Verdicts on Obamacare

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing contradictory language. Blame …

Editorial: Safer Diving on Route 4 in Vermont

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The news is not exactly overburdened with success stories these days, especially ones involving government action. But it does appear that one may be quietly unfolding along Route 4 in Vermont between Bridgewater and Hartford. Within a few months last year, that 23-mile stretch of road was the …

The Highs And Lows

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the country gradually liberalizes marijuana laws — pot is now legal in Colorado and Washington state and medicinal marijuana is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia — the debate goes on over whether cannabis could be a tax boon for states, poses a danger …

Editorial: Thoughts in Summer: Potholes, Playing Catch, Pickpockets

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Here are a few things we have been thinking about lately. ∎ Has there been in recent memory a better late spring/early summer of weather in the Upper Valley than this one? Sunny, cool to moderate temperatures, rain when it has been needed: The gardens couldn’t be happier, and …

Editorial: The Co-op Firings

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If the current controversy over the firing of two longtime employees at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon has demonstrated anything conclusively, it is that the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society remains a signature Upper Valley institution about which its members care deeply. There’s no mystery why that’s the …

Editorial: A Long Run at Randolph’s Chandler Center

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The curtain is coming down on the career of Becky McMeekin at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, where for 16 years she has overseen impressive growth, despite the always-dicey nature of show business. Especially at non-profits, where the show-must-go-on spirit carries on, despite threats from …

Editorial: DNA and Privacy in Vermont

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The intersection of technology and law has been the scene of numerous collisions in recent years, and often it has been unclear which had the better claim to the right of way. A sharply divided Vermont Supreme Court decided just such a case last week, ruling that the …

Editorial: Boom Time for N.H. Fireworks

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

There is something about the phrase “reloadable mortar’’ that might make a prudent person say, umm, maybe not. But add the word “fireworks,’’ and lots of people say “oooh” and “aaah.” And a few say, “dial 911.” That’s how it is in New Hampshire, where State Fire Marshal …

Editorial: Back on Track in Hartford?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Supporters of capital improvements for athletic facilities at Hartford High School are at it again, circulating a petition to get a $3.5 million bond issue on the November ballot. Their persistence is admirable, but it’s not clear that the defects that sank a similar proposal back in March …

Editorial: The Public’s Business; Cornish Should Welcome Discussion

Saturday, July 12, 2014

It’s not all that often that communities debate such fundamental questions of governing as the purpose of meetings held by public bodies. Cornish finds itself in just such a position at present. As staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported earlier this week, the Cornish School Board has been weighing …