Editorials

Editorial: Put Up or Shut Up on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a guy who was finally fulfilling a promise he first made more than six years ago, President Obama didn’t seem too happy about it. Maybe that’s because he knows his plan to defer deportations for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, outlined in Thursday night’s speech, is a partial and temporary fix that is likely to make Washington a meaner, smaller place. His speech had all the usual hallmarks of …

Editorial: Speaker O’Brien, Round Two

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“You don’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore,’’ groused the losing candidate in the 1962 California governor’s race, in what he called his “last press conference.’’ Who knew that the best, and worst, of Richard Nixon was yet to come? We were reminded of the rise and fall, and rise and fall, of the pathologically combative Nixon after the Republican House caucus …

Editorial: Is Scott Milne Overplaying His Hand?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of the most notable things about Republican Scott Milne’s campaign for governor of Vermont this fall was that he didn’t seem to have any burning desire to actually be governor. It struck many observers that Milne, a little-known and untested candidate, was content to score some points against the incumbent Democrat, Peter Shumlin, and put forward a couple of fresh ideas of …

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in …

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading …

Editorial: With the ACA, It Pays to Shop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Round 2 of the Affordable Care Act is now underway amid considerable uncertainty, both short- and long-term. So what else is new? The most immediate question about the 2015 open enrollment period, as staff writer Rick Jurgens reported Saturday, is whether the websites used by individuals to buy …

Editorial: More Women in Congress

Monday, November 17, 2014

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the midterm elections produced one incontrovertible fact — there are more women in Congress than ever before. That doesn’t mean it’s time to break the sisterhood sweaters out of mothballs. Though almost 20 percent of the House and Senate …

Editorial: ‘Can-Do’ Republicans

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In recent photographs, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, soon to be majority leader of the new Republican-controlled Senate, resembles nothing so much as a bespectacled chipmunk whose grin — or is it a smirk? — strongly suggests that he just ate the cat. Perhaps he did. Certainly a …

Editorial: The Office Cubicle

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The word “cubicle” conjures rows of office workers toiling in anonymity behind low walls that keep out neither noise nor nettlesome colleagues. But apparently there are those who aspire to the corner cubicle. The New York Times reported recently that some eminent publishing houses, including HarperCollins and the …

Editorial: Reforming the Postal Service

Friday, November 14, 2014

Of all the tasks confronting the newly elected Congress, none is more basic, in terms of plain old democratic governance, than reforming the U.S. Postal Service. This workhorse agency, which epitomizes the federal government in the daily lives of ordinary citizens, is reeling from a double whammy: technological …

Editorial: Fair Rules for the Web

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Most Americans avoid the gritty details of most federal regulatory issues. In fact, it’s all some of us can do to muster the energy to vote in a nonpresidential election year. But sometimes the stakes are so high that people take the time to get engaged in complex …

Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, …