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Editorial: Fight Money With Money — Rubens Bucks a Political Trend

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Embrace the irony,’’says the Mayday super PAC, which is battling the influence of big money in elections with — here comes the irony — big money. That is something to get your head around, a little reminiscent of the Vietnam-era declaration that a village had to be destroyed in order to save it. But there’s fertile ground for irony in the political scene, which is flooded with cash thanks to …

Caring For Veterans

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been widely — and justly — praised for his role in forging legislation aimed at addressing critical shortcomings in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once upon a time, it would have been regarded as a no-brainer for Congress to swiftly respond to disclosures that some veterans had been forced to wait months for appointments and that some …

Editorial: A Test That’s Failing in Vermont: No Child Left Behind

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe isn’t the first to complain about No Child Left Behind, and she won’t be the last. But she may be among the most articulate critics of the school accountability law. In an Aug. 6 letter to parents, she explains clearly and compellingly why this flawed federal program ill serves students, teachers, public schools and states such as Vermont …

Editorial: Changing Managers in Vermont State Government

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little more than a week after the Shumlin administration gave the boot to the main developer of the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website, the other shoe dropped — on Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Exactly why Racine was dismissed Monday was not specified …

Editorial: A Sensible Interval for Gun Purchases

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont lawmakers surveyed recently by staff writer Sarah Brubeck do not seem inclined to assign a high priority to enacting a waiting period for firearm purchases next year, despite the circumstances in which prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal commentator Cheryl Hanna took her own life last …

Editorial: The Company You Keep: Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now that corporations, according to the thinking of certain Supreme Court justices, are people, more or less, it’s only natural that they have awkward moments. Any conservative father with an Occupy Wall Street daughter or feminist aunt with a nephew who posts bikini pictures on Facebook knows that …

Editorial: States Restrict Abortions, Putting Burdens on Women

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several states have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every …

Editorial: Of Contracts and Cracker Jacks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Sox fans know that Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, who, according to Boston lore, was raising money to back a Broadway show, No, No, Nanette. The show was a success, but Ruth was an even bigger hit. Nothing as …

Editorial: Off the Shelf Opinions, From Market Basket to Nixon

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Even the laborers here in the opinion factory occasionally suffer from end-of-the-week exhaustion in mid-summer, and so today we offer some partially assembled thoughts. Warranty not included. ∎  Certainly the Market Basket Revolt has many unusual aspects, but one of the strangest is why high-profile politicians of a …

Editorial: The Error Registry; Vermont’s Flawed Sex Offender List

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Given that Vermont has been bedeviled lately by information management problems ranging from its faulty health insurance website to systemic communications failures within the Department for Children and Families, it’s hardly surprising to learn that the state’s sex offender registry is riddled with errors. But it is doubly …

Editorial; College Calculus — Families Rethink the Costs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One of the most troubling trends in recent years — and there has been much competition for that title — is the combination of college costs and the soft job market for young graduates. The reasons for runaway higher education costs are complex, and justifications from schools opaque. …

Editorial: Render Unto Dorchester

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We tend to think that religious persecution of the Christian faith in the United States is largely fictional — although, judging by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it is a fiction that has captured the imagination of court’s five male Roman Catholic …

Editorial: The Missile Threat; Commercial Airliners Are Vulnerable

Monday, August 4, 2014

It’s been an abysmal year for the flying public. Planes have crashed in bad weather, disappeared over the Indian Ocean and tragically crossed paths with anti-aircraft missiles over Ukraine. That last disaster has led to something approaching panic, as aviation bigwigs convened in Montreal last Tuesday to discuss …