Editorials

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s and ’80s, almost as notorious is civil asset forfeiture, a practice that was greatly expanded during that time. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement authorities can seize property including cars, cash, other valuables and even homes from people without ever bringing criminal charges against them, much …

Editorial: Big Money and a Lack of Transparency

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years ago , the Supreme Court turned a corner on campaign finance. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court held that corporations could undertake unrestricted independent spending in election campaigns, overturning decades of restrictions on corporate money in politics by saying that the money represented free speech. At the same time, the court, in a decision written by Justice Anthony …

Editorial: Hartford’s Recycling Program Is Not a Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In response to a new state law designed to increase recycling in Vermont, the Hartford Selectboard is proposing to . . . dismantle the town’s successful curbside recycling program. Why? Don’t ask us. No persuasive rationale has been articulated so far for doing so. Selectman Ken Parker, who has been riding this particular hobbyhorse hard, claims that the state is “creating a problem …

Editorial: Romney May Try, Try, Try, Again

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Political observers are said to be surprised, and in some cases baffled, by the news that Mitt Romney is considering a third presidential bid. While F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that “there are no second acts in American lives” has long since been disproven, third acts are rarer, and …

Editorial: Share the Wealth

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It’s safe to assume that no part of the agenda that President Obama lays out in tonight’s State of the Union address will be deader on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress than his proposal to cut taxes on the middle class while raising them on the wealthy. According …

Editorial: Military Arms and The Police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

News that state and local law enforcement agencies operating in the Upper Valley have acquired more than $1.6 million in surplus military gear from the Pentagon in recent years is reassuring in one respect: If Canada launches a surprise attack, the police will be well equipped to offer …

Editorial: A Tree (Still) Grows in Lyme

Saturday, January 17, 2015

There are many things that put humans in their place, and impressively large trees are among them. Consider a venerable linden in Lyme, about 100 feet tall and 153 inches in girth, that was given a stay of execution by the Selectboard Monday after residents and others pointed …

Editorial: Don’t Expand Ski Area

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometime soon — soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years — Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Editorial: A Vision Infusion in White River Junction

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Private businesses, even those fortunate enough to be considered beloved, come and go. They may own the affection of local residents, but the public does not have an ownership stake in return. And so people may miss Landers’ Restaurant in Lebanon, Ames department store in Newport, the Latchis …

Editorial: The Wrong Message About Brian Musty?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The curious case of Brian Musty, the former Oxbow Union High School coach and teacher convicted of sexually assaulting one of his athletes, leaves in its wake a complicated dynamic that the community needs to sort out. Earlier this month, Musty, 45, was sentenced to seven months in …

Editorial: Keeping Obamacare Healthy

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gallup reported Wednesday that the national uninsured rate dropped to 15.5 percent of the non-elderly population, down from 20.8 percent a little over a year ago. Yes, the improving economy may have helped. But that’s also the period in which the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, …

Editorial: Trash Talk in Norwich

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One man’s trash, it is said, is another’s treasure. In Norwich, it’s digital gold. Readers who follow the Norwich listserv, the daily email list that makes much ado about nothing and everything, couldn’t have missed the gems in the Great Online Trash Debate. Last month, to comply with …

Editorial: Save Liberally; State Offers a Conservative Retirement Idea

Saturday, January 10, 2015

As we noted earlier this week in relation to the minimum wage and gun regulation, action at the state level may be the most promising way to address many important issues while Congress remains polarized and gridlocked. Another example is the quiet retirement crisis that is brewing across …