Editorials

Editorial: A Medicare Miracle

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Something highly unusual occurred in Washington last week: The House of Representatives passed a substantive piece of bipartisan legislation by a wide margin. Once upon a time, such a thing was, if not routine, at least not unheard of. But in the intensely polarized politics of recent years, passage of a bill making big changes to the Medicare program was enough to spark a round of self-congratulation among House members …

Editorial: Super-Sized Food Makers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Has Warren Buffett, “the Wizard of Omaha,’’ met his match in Cheez Whiz? That question arises after last week’s announcement that Buffett and other investors intend to acquire Kraft Foods and merge it with H.J. Heinz. America’s appetite for the highly processed offerings of the two food giants has been softening, but Buffet and “a team of Brazilian buyout kings’’ think they can …

Editorial: Call It the N.H. Poll-aroid

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire House, whose budget-cutting zeal apparently knows no bounds — including those of common sense and decency — now is considering a plan that in effect would require municipal election officials to use their personal electronic equipment to comply with the provisions of a frivolous voter ID law. This absurdity emerged last week when, as staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported in …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the news media a binge of “bad behavior.” That term, though, conveys a sense of boys-will-be-boys mischief-making that hardly does justice to the often …

Editorial: A Community of Broadcasters in Royalton

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Facebook, Twitter and the social networks du jour have soaked up the creative juices of the populace, to the point where some fear there’s nothing new to say about cute kittens. But there’s energy of another sort in South Royalton, where the sound of the fiddle is heard …

Editorial: An Appropriate EPA Rule

Friday, March 27, 2015

One can understand why critics of the Obama administration are angry about the so-called mercury rule, an Environmental Protection Agency clean-air regulation that they are asking the Supreme Court to quash. The EPA did not conduct a cost-benefit analysis when it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants, such …

Editorial: Secretive Police, and Their Political Enablers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last December, President Obama proposed spending millions of dollars to equip 50,000 police officers across the nation with body cameras as part of an effort to address a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.” The idea is that when …

Editorial: Sunapee’s Victory in a Graceful Defeat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The sports world doesn’t often offer the escape from real-world chicanery that it once did, but there was an exceptionally honest moment in Sullivan County last week. Last Tuesday, members of the Sunapee High School spirit squad — what used to be called a cheerleading team — traveled …

Editorial: N.H. House Is No Place for Kids

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Parents who doubt the educational value of school field trips may change their minds when they become acquainted with the experience of fourth-graders at the Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, N.H., who traveled 50 miles to the Statehouse in Concord earlier this month to see floor debate …

Editorial: An Electoral College Tilt

Monday, March 23, 2015

The electoral college is far from a perfect way to elect presidents, but that doesn’t mean every “reform” offers an improvement. A case in point: a Michigan Republican’s proposal to apportion the state’s electoral votes by congressional district, replacing the standard method of awarding all electoral votes to …

Editorial: GOP Budget Deficits

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When House Republicans unveiled their 10-year budget plan for a “Stronger America” last week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Georgia, proclaimed that, “A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are.” Woodall, a member of the House Budget Committee, is absolutely correct in this, but …

Editorial: A Computer on Your Wrist

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We realized we weren’t in the target demographic for the new Apple Watch when we printed out a couple of articles about it, on actual paper, in print large enough not to require the sharp focus of a golden eagle, reputed to be able to spot a rabbit …

Editorial: America Lags in R&D

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States is losing its edge. It is surrendering the research and development advantage that has fueled its economy for six decades. China now performs more R&D than the United States, and South Korea and Germany have greater annual growth in R&D expenditures. For all of Silicon …