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Editorials

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so not for any high-minded purpose but rather to avoid dealing mortal blows to the re-election of a handful of Democratic senators who …

Editorial: A Local Bookstore Beats the Odds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Norwich Bookstore and many happy returns. Well, not the sort of returns that involve receipts, refunds and dissatisfied customers; those would be unhappy returns. We refer to the hope that this bookstore, which turned 20 yesterday, will continue to survive — better yet, thrive — in a community that has seen many an independent bookseller, not to mention many …

Editorial: A Curious Use of Goverment Power

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans have become accustomed to the government trying to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable, from warrantless wiretapping to torturing terrorism detainees, all in the name of national security. But this week, The New York Times reported on a case in which the Justice Department has invoked the so-called state-secrets privilege in a breathtakingly …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents released that detail its battle to prevent the …

Editorial: Underpowered Coalition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In launching two previous wars in Iraq, the United States assembled formidable coalitions of dozens of countries. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Oman were among the Arab states that deployed substantial ground forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Though derided by some as a “unilateral” U.S. action, …

Editorial: Live and Learn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re all for practical experimentation in campus living, especially if it aims to divert students from beer pong, binge drinking and other problematical, if popular, extracurricular pursuits. Still, new housing arrangements at Dartmouth College give pause. While well meaning and seemingly liberal-minded, some innovative “living learning communities” might …

Editorial: Brown Needs to Call a Different Play

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scott Brown stuck pretty closely to the Republican playbook after winning the party’s U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire last week, excoriating his opponent in this fall’s general election, incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, for all manner of ills, real and imagined, that he attributed to her support of …

Editorial: Clean Up This Town

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us, but it’s time for housekeeping of the sort that gets much attention in spring. Red, yellow and orange leaves are declaring summer’s end, and it’s just two months or so before the unofficial Upper Valley Snowtire Panic Day. In the meantime, a couple …

Editorial: No Vacancies In the Valley

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Much has changed in the Upper Valley over the past 25 years, but among the constants is an acute shortage of rental housing — especially of the affordable variety. This point was reinforced last Sunday in a report by staff writer John Lippman, who found that in the …

Editorial: When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” So Joseph N. Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, famously inquired of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954. Those questions, and the nationally televised Army-McCarthy hearings in which they were posed, …

Editorial: An Open Discussion in Norwich

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s challenging to deconstruct small-town disputes, in which issues, personalities and history make the simple immensely complicated. A case in point is the recent conflict between the Selectboard, or at least one member, and the town manager in Norwich. At the Aug. 27 Selectboard meeting, Selectwoman Linda Cook …

Editorial: Policing The Police?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Most of the attention paid to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last month has centered on the racial dimension: the deceased was black, while the officer is white. As civil unrest sparked by the shooting has faded and a …

The Cost Of Courage

Monday, September 8, 2014

In February, Republican strategist Karl Rove chastised President Obama for ignoring “his own Bowles-Simpson deficit commission” and making “no effort to reduce the long-term debt burden.” Now Crossroads GPS, the political group for which Rove serves as senior adviser, is running advertisements attacking Democrats who did support Simpson-Bowles. …