Editorials

Editorial: Rethinking Police Use of Deadly Force

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eighteen months after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a top police research organization has issued 30 guiding principles on the use of deadly force by officers. Police forces should embrace and incorporate these principles as the modern way to police our streets. Brown’s killing, and the protests and civil disorder that followed, marked the beginning of …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly volatile presidential campaign. Still, the results of the New Hampshire primary may have clarified some of the issues and problems faced by the candidates. Although it may seem odd that a plutocrat and a prophet of the proletariat …

Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of those is affordable, nutritious food, and those who lack “food security’’ can’t afford to wait for the political scene to change. They need a helping hand now. That’s why we are impressed by the resolve and fast action …

Editorial: The Right Pace for Development Reviews in Lebanon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Developers have long complained that Lebanon’s project review process is not merely exhaustive, but exhausting and costly. The city’s regulations are said to be onerous and arbitrary, and planners have been accused on some occasions of meddling in matters that do not fall within their purview. Getting the …

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday conversation? “Let’s treat one another according to Judeo-Christian values.” Or, “C’mon, kids, don’t …

Editorial: At Stake for Democrats

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton race reflects a fundamental tension between idealism and realism that has played itself out over generations in Democratic Party politics. Occasionally, this tension has been happily resolved in a single figure who has proven fluent in both the poetry of campaigning and the prose …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, bricks and mortar. The New York Times later wrote that, according to a source, Amazon’s plans are more modest, and analysts are also …

Editorial: N.H. Executive Council Should Reverse Planned Parenthood Decision

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Political life is rife with all sorts of dishonesty, but in some respects the worst is the intellectual variety. A notorious example is now playing out in the New Hampshire Executive Council, the five-member body that, among other duties, confirms gubernatorial appointees and approves all state contracts over …

Editorial: A Mayor to Remember

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The nation’s smallest state lost a larger-than-life figure last week with the death of Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci, the one-time Providence mayor who spent 21 years in office and 41/2 years in prison, which he later called “a vacation in a federally funded gated community.” Cianci loved politics …

Editorial: Medicaid Benefits N.H.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One of the most important questions the New Hampshire Legislature faces this year is whether to continue the state’s expanded Medicaid program, which is due to expire at the end of 2016 unless it is reauthorized. Fortunately, it appears that this vital program has demonstrated its benefits sufficiently …

Editorial: Success and School Reform

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Like soldiers marching off to war, reformers launched No Child Left Behind in 2002 with soaring speeches and brass bands — or at least the bureaucratic equivalent. But in December, Congress and President Obama declared an end to the massive federal intervention in education. The nation had reached …

Editorial: Pox Americana

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This is reputed to be the winter of our national discontent, with voter anger and angst suffusing the presidential primary races. This story line may depart from the facts in some respects. But while some polling data suggest that voters actually are no angrier than they have been …

Editorial: Local Option Tax Makes Sense for Hartford

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s the brave politician indeed who advocates imposing a new tax in this day and age, especially one previously rejected at the polls. But that is precisely what Hartford Selectboard members are doing in asking voters to adopt a 1 percent local option tax on hotel rooms, restaurant …