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Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections could cause excruciating pain during executions. As with many rulings by the current court, the justices were sharply divided on the question, with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court’s conservative wing to produce a 5-4 majority. The inmates had a good case, given that the …

Editorial: Life, Liberty, Happiness

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect …

Editorial: Loyalty Pays at Market Basket

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When we left off with the Market Basket saga late last summer, Arthur T. Demoulas, the deposed chief executive of the grocery store chain, was back in charge, abetted by an extraordinary outpouring of support from loyal employees and customers. The price of obtaining control of the company from feuding family members after a quarter century of conflict was $1.6 billion, which Demoulas …

Editorial: Party On, Lebanon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You can’t please all the people all the time, the saying goes. While we have found that to be true, we offer a corollary: You can nearly accomplish it with fireworks. The City of Lebanon is providing proof of that this year as it brings back the traditional …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that things have changed decisively and will never be the same again. Usually, these are times of national trauma — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy …

What Fast Track Means

Monday, June 29, 2015

By agreeing to put new trade agreements on a fast track, Congress accomplished something far greater than critics of the legislation acknowledge. Since the last fast-track law expired in 2007, the Obama administration hasn’t been able to close any major deals. Now the United States will be able …

Editorial: Let’s Make a Deal in N.H.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Having reached a budget impasse with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Legislature has adopted, and the governor has signed, a six-month “continuing resolution” to keep the state running when the new fiscal year begins July 1. “I would want to assure the public that New …

Editorial: The Man Who Dreamed Up the Pink Flamingos

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Upper Valley and many other locales would be bereft of flamingos if it weren’t for Donald Featherstone. Thanks to him, the world is a more colorful place — specifically, a tropical shade of pink. Featherstone, who died …

Editorial: Invest in America the Beautiful

Friday, June 26, 2015

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesties? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes …

Editorial: The GOP, the Stars and Bars, and Money

Thursday, June 25, 2015

So, all it took was nine members of a black church in Charleston to be gunned down for South Carolina’s governor to decide that the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds? And for Republican …

Editorial: America’s Baby Boomlet

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The baby bust may finally be over. Preliminary figures indicate that births rose in the United States in 2014 for the first time in seven long years. Only time will tell whether this heralds a new baby boom or only a baby bubble, but it is good news …

Editorial: The Price of Efficiency

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

There are needs and wants, as they say, and among the greatest needs in the North Country is heat in winter. For many residents, you can add the word affordable. Heating oil has been crushingly expensive the last couple of winters and electric rates roughly doubled this past …

Editorial: A Senseless String of Tragedies

Monday, June 22, 2015

“Undescribable.” “Unfathomable.” “Unspeakable.” “Beyond incomprehensible.” Charleston officials struggled last Thursday to find words to describe the shooting at a historic African- American church in which nine people were killed. They were not alone. Much of America was grappling …