Editorials

Editorial: Is Scott Milne Overplaying His Hand?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of the most notable things about Republican Scott Milne’s campaign for governor of Vermont this fall was that he didn’t seem to have any burning desire to actually be governor. It struck many observers that Milne, a little-known and untested candidate, was content to score some points against the incumbent Democrat, Peter Shumlin, and put forward a couple of fresh ideas of his own. But a funny thing happened …

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in Jerusalem — capped by a horrific attack on a Jewish synagogue Tuesday — have raised …

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, town officials will soon conduct their third search for a new police chief to succeed …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading …

Editorial: With the ACA, It Pays to Shop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Round 2 of the Affordable Care Act is now underway amid considerable uncertainty, both short- and long-term. So what else is new? The most immediate question about the 2015 open enrollment period, as staff writer Rick Jurgens reported Saturday, is whether the websites used by individuals to buy …

Editorial: More Women in Congress

Monday, November 17, 2014

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the midterm elections produced one incontrovertible fact — there are more women in Congress than ever before. That doesn’t mean it’s time to break the sisterhood sweaters out of mothballs. Though almost 20 percent of the House and Senate …

Editorial: ‘Can-Do’ Republicans

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In recent photographs, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, soon to be majority leader of the new Republican-controlled Senate, resembles nothing so much as a bespectacled chipmunk whose grin — or is it a smirk? — strongly suggests that he just ate the cat. Perhaps he did. Certainly a …

Editorial: The Office Cubicle

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The word “cubicle” conjures rows of office workers toiling in anonymity behind low walls that keep out neither noise nor nettlesome colleagues. But apparently there are those who aspire to the corner cubicle. The New York Times reported recently that some eminent publishing houses, including HarperCollins and the …

Editorial: Reforming the Postal Service

Friday, November 14, 2014

Of all the tasks confronting the newly elected Congress, none is more basic, in terms of plain old democratic governance, than reforming the U.S. Postal Service. This workhorse agency, which epitomizes the federal government in the daily lives of ordinary citizens, is reeling from a double whammy: technological …

Editorial: Fair Rules for the Web

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Most Americans avoid the gritty details of most federal regulatory issues. In fact, it’s all some of us can do to muster the energy to vote in a nonpresidential election year. But sometimes the stakes are so high that people take the time to get engaged in complex …

Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, …

Editorial: The Case for Letting Students Sleep

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Anyone who has ever had to pry a teenager out of bed in the morning, or been so pried at an earlier stage of life, will probably have sympathy for a student-led initiative to begin the school day …

Editorial: Assault on Obamacare Is a Bad Bet

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Question: Now that the mid term elections are over and Republicans have gained control of the Senate as well as the House, where does the Affordable Care Act stand? Answer: Firmly in place, and likely to remain so. A number of considerations lead us to venture out onto …