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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 to users and society, or both. That debate could go on ad infinitum, like for certain pot users, a session of listening …

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 neither could we. Let’s hope it lasts. ∎ Has that yawning pothole on Interchange Drive in …

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 case. It’s big and it’s locally owned. It has 400 employees, 21,000 actively shopping members …

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 …

Editorial: Losers Laments From Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It is said that generals are always preparing to fight the last war, especially if they have won it. Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney are taking a slightly different tack: They are getting ready to refight wars — one actual, one political — they lost disastrously. Cheney, 73, …

Editorial: Alone With Our Thoughts, a Shocking Finding

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Henry David Thoreau and Victor Hugo wouldn’t have known what to make of people in this age of brain overload. The pre-smartphone author of Walden famously proclaimed, “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” Hugo, in Les Miserables, rhapsodized about the wonders of …

Editorial: Vanity of Vanities; Humble Thoughts on License Plates

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped issuing vanity license plates, as staff writer Lauren Bender reported last week. This does not strike us as terrible news. All the world could do with a little less vanity and a lot more humility. That, however, is …

Editorial: Facebook Fails to Ask Consent

Monday, July 7, 2014

Facebook’s study on emotional contagion may not have broken laws, but it has exposed the unfettered power of big data companies grounded in opaque user policies. For one week in 2012, researchers from Facebook, Cornell and the University of California skewed the emotional content of almost 700,000 news …

Editorial: Laptops and Learning, or Not

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Given the ubiquity of laptop computers and digital tablets on college campuses, you could assume they’re essential tools for learning. Like most tools, though, they have their time and place, which may not be during class or in the lecture hall. Dan Rockmore makes this point persuasively in …