Editorials

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect the view on Main Street is quite different. But in any case, this debate may be one of the hinges on which the 2016 presidential election swings. In a speech last week in New Hampshire, Christie proposed, among other “entitlement reforms,” raising the retirement age …

Editorial: Protected Airspace?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn last Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze. Hughes turned out …

Editorial: States All In On Gambling

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News that the New Hampshire Legislature is, yet again, considering a bill that would bring big-time casino gambling to the state raises two concerns. The primary one, of course, is that lawmakers will succumb to the lure of additional revenue this time and open the doors to all the ills that accompany casinos. But we’re also a bit worried about the well-being of …

Editorial: Art, Politics And Hope

Friday, April 17, 2015

We applaud the gumption of a pair of Hanover High students who question the appropriateness of a school mural that includes a representation of President Obama’s famous “Hope’’ campaign poster — even though we think they are entirely …

Editorial: Justice in the Blackwater Shootings

Friday, April 17, 2015

In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in another country. The fact that the defendants …

Editorial: Housing Crisis in Lebanon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The loss of 50 rent-subsidized apartments at one time would be a problem for most communities, but it threatens to be little short of a disaster in the Upper Valley, which perpetually suffers from an acute shortage of affordable housing. That is precisely the situation at Pine Tree …

Editorial: Put a Woman on the $20 Bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here’s your Jeopardy clue of the day: This all-American boys club has remained unchanged since 1929, with no admittance to women. If you’re stumped, check your wallet or purse for government-issued hints. Well done if you replied, “Who are the men on U.S. paper currency?’’ From Washington — …

Editorial: Fix the N.H. Budget

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

There is little that the New Hampshire Legislature has done in recent years of more consequential direct benefit to thousands of state residents than expanding eligibility for the Medicaid program. Under a two-and-a-half year pilot program begun last year, nearly 38,000 low-income adults — made up overwhelmingly of …

Editorial: Pandering to the Elderly

Monday, April 13, 2015

As the 2016 campaign approaches, the hot idea in Democratic Party circles is to increase Social Security benefits. Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., staged a vote on a “sustainable expansion” resolution in the Senate, garnering 42 “yeas” and laying down a new orthodoxy from which only two …

Editorial: Don’t Just Rescue Opioid Addicts, Treat Them

Sunday, April 12, 2015

With New England in the grip of an opioid addiction crisis, much attention is being focused on naloxone, a relatively easy-to-administer drug that saves lives by reversing the deadly effects of breathing failure in people who have overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids. Remarkably, advocates say, all this …

The Value of Vermont Law

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It’s disappointing, in a way, that Vermont Law School commissioned a consultant to calculate the institution’s impact on the state economy. Disappointing because the true value of Vermont’s only accredited law school, founded in 1972 and situated somewhat improbably in the village of South Royalton, can’t be easily …

Editorial: The Libertarian Candidate

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Hampshire welcomed newly announced presidential candidate Rand Paul to the state yesterday, and we’re bound to say that the first-term senator from Kentucky is one of the most intriguing Republican hopefuls to come this way in many a year. Combining, as The Wall Street Journal describes it, …

Editorial: Sorrell’s Punitive Action on Vermont Campaign Finance Law

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Efforts to enforce campaign finance laws are certainly laudable, given how thoroughly the American political system is corrupted by campaign cash and the access it buys for donors. Nevertheless, the enforcement action recently filed by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell against Dean Corren, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant …