Editorials

Editorial: Trouble Ahead on U.S. Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you think this summer of presidential campaign politics has been wild, and the news from Wall Street a bit scary, wait until Congress gets back after Labor Day. The federal government is heading toward a fiscal train wreck, and, at the moment, it’s far from clear how lawmakers will avoid it. Due to partisan polarization on Capitol Hill, the United States currently taxes and spends on the basis of …

Editorial: Live Free or Trump

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The rise of Donald J. Trump to the top of the Republican presidential heap in New Hampshire polls has national political commentators wondering whether Granite Staters have taken leave of their sensible, substantive approach to vetting the candidates. As Al Hunt of Bloomberg View put it earlier this week, “For more than a half-century, New Hampshire has been a proving ground for vetting …

Editorial: Randolph’s Ironman Journalist

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There is both burden and satisfaction in newspaper work: the rapid gathering of news and the endless vigilance against error — occasionally rewarded by a great story, a terrific edition. But while a ballplayer can savor a home run, a journalist is greeted by the next blank page. With that in mind, we salute the longevity and journalistic prowess of M. Dickey Drysdale, …

Editorial: Treatment Delayed in N.H.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

By now, it’s hardly news that New Hampshire has a drug problem. The toll of heroin and prescription opioid addiction has been well documented: More than 320 lives were lost in the state last year to overdoses. But while that is the most serious drug issue the state …

Speech Rights At School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Defenders of the Confederate battle flag insist that it symbolizes heritage, not hate, but many other Americans understandably see it as an emblem of white supremacy. That’s why South Carolina legislators were right to remove the flag from the state Capitol after Dylann Roof, who was photographed holding …

Editorial : Jail Is No Place for the Mentally Ill

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Although his investigation is continuing, Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio told a legislative panel earlier this month that he finds the circumstances surrounding the suicide of an inmate at Southern State Correctional Facility earlier this year “troubling.” Based on what has been revealed so far about the death …

Editorial: A Modest Step in Fighting Heroin

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Not even the federal government can solve the nation’s growing heroin epidemic on its own, but it could always do more. That’s probably the best way to think about the new anti-heroin initiative unveiled by the White House …

Editorial: Nuclear Power Remains in the Energy Mix

Friday, August 21, 2015

The meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor terrified people in the densely packed nation of Japan, persuaded the government to close all reactors and turned public opinion there and in many other places decidedly against …

Editorial: Colleges Must Honor the Commitment Student-Athletes Make

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Faced with a question that didn’t belong before it in the first place — are students on athletic scholarships employees of the colleges they play for? — the National Labor Relations Board has unanimously decided to follow the …

Editorial: Sabotaging Educational Standards Will Hurt the Poor and Minorities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The ideologues have so disfigured Common Core that supporters of the educational reform now dare not speak its name. “The term ‘Common Core’ is so darned poisonous, I don’t even know what it means,” Jeb Bush said in response to a question at the Iowa State Fair on …

Editorial: A Reality-Based Republican Gets Traction

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Those who are growing weary of the alternative-reality show that is the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign should tune in to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Judging by poll numbers, New Hampshire voters are already beginning to pay attention, presumably because of Kasich’s solid performance in the first GOP …

Editorial: A Better Deal for Student Debt

Monday, August 17, 2015

If it makes sense for the government to help young people pay for college — and it does — then it also makes sense for the government to help them pay it back. Last Monday, Hillary Clinton endorsed an idea that would improve both sides of this bargain. …

Editorial: Police Video Footage Should Be Public

Sunday, August 16, 2015

News that the Vermont State Police may soon be outfitted with body cameras provides further evidence that law enforcement agencies are increasingly embracing the technology. Maj. William Sheets of the State Police told Vermont Public Radio that, “We’ve always had a desire to be as open and transparent …