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Editorial: Restaurant Inspections Lag in N.H.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Those who have been following Vermont’s E. coli outbreak linked to undercooked hamburger may be forgiven for feeling slightly nauseated by a recent state auditors’ report in neighboring New Hampshire. It found a “fractured statewide food safety network” resulting from “systemic inadequacies” in the Food Protection Section of the Department of Health and Human Services. This harsh judgment should come as no surprise to readers of Valley News columnist Jim …

Editorial: Live Free and Fly, N.H.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Internet has speeded up many things, including the onset of panic. Recent online articles that warned (while saying “click here!”) that air travelers will soon be grounded if they don’t have a Real ID driver’s license caused such anxiety at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport last week that authorities turned to social media to calm people down. The message from the airport authorities: The …

Editorial: Questionable Choice; Croydon’s Legal Fight on Tuition

Friday, October 2, 2015

Generally speaking, taxpayers are well advised to keep a tight grip on their wallets when public bodies that represent them appear more intent on making a point than on solving a problem. Sadly, this appears to be the case in Croydon. Earlier this week, the School Board in that town ignored a deadline set by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office to stop …

Editorial: Trump’s Tax Plan Is Just Talk

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When Donald Trump promised a specific, deficit-neutral, progressive tax plan, we have to admit to some anxiety. What if this poisonous candidate, who rode to the top of the field with hateful speech about Mexicans, women and others, did something admirable? Would we have to praise him? Turns …

Editorial: A Shining Example of Altruism in Hanover

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In the midst of Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States, pundits couldn’t stop asking — mostly themselves — if his words would lead to change. Would Congress experience a conversion and turn away from divisive dysfunction? Would climate change skeptics see the light? Would Wall Street …

Editorial: The Wisdom of a Yogi — Respect Yourself

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The passing of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, who died last week at age 90, has been the occasion for many appreciations of his great skill as a baseball player and his inimitable epigrams, at once nonsensical and wise. Both are worthy of celebration: Yogi — no last name …

Editorial: Automakers’ Dirty Little Secret

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cheating reflects badly, first and foremost, on the cheater — and so it is with Volkswagen, whose shocking manipulation of U.S. emissions tests continues to exact a price in market value, legal costs and reputation. At the same time, it’s not unreasonable to ask how the cheating happened …

Editorial: Books — The Sequel

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Borders declared bankruptcy in 2011, many people feared that they were hearing the death knell for books in print form and the stores that sold them. As readers migrated in large numbers from print to new digital reading devices, some analysts predicted that e-book sales would bury …

The Rent Is Too High

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The American dream includes attractive objects and soaring ideals, but they don’t amount to much without a roof over your head. For many Americans, finding affordable rental housing has been a struggle in recent years, and there are signs it’s only getting worse. One bright exception: the opening …

Editorial: Lebanon Airport Study Needs a Destination

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Consultants hired by the city recently proposed a vision statement for the future of Lebanon Municipal Airport: It “will be a community asset with enhanced air service through financially self-sustaining means, while minimizing negative environmental and social impacts.” Now all the City Council has to do is figure …

Editorial: Cheering for Field Hockey

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It’s a fool’s game to try to make a case that one sport is superior to another, although that doesn’t stop fans from doing it, resulting in everything from hurt feelings to bar fights. In America it is not often, if ever, that field hockey is part of …

Column: A Loophole for the Rich

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Quick now: On what issue do President Obama, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton all agree? Eliminating the “carried-interest” loophole that gives hedge fund and private equity managers preferential tax treatment on much of their compensation. The Treasury Department estimates that eliminating this scam, which …

Editorial: Iran Pact Is a Risk Worth Running

Sunday, September 20, 2015

We suspect that secretly no one was more relieved that the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran survived a Republican move to block it than those who have been fulminating against the agreement most strongly. Yes, we know that the kindest thing critics have said about the agreement is …