Editorials

Editorial: Ethics in Vermont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Gov. Peter Shumlin finally came out unequivocally in favor of creating a state ethics commission last week, his spokesman told The Associated Press that the timing was not related to potential conflicts of interest that have surfaced recently involving current and former members of his administration and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Maybe not, but these situations, taken together with earlier ones involving Attorney General William Sorrell and Senate President …

Editorial: Vermont Cuts Benefit for the Disabled

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some readers may have noted sharply contrasting stories in one edition of the Valley News last week. “Dartmouth Sets Donation Record,’’ said one headline, and the other, “Vermont Families See Benefit Cuts.” The money-raising prowess of an elite nonprofit educational institution is a discussion for another day, but for now, let’s recognize Dartmouth College’s new record: $49 million raised for its annual fund. …

Editorial: Seasons Never End for Young Athletes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When it came to this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the most dominant and entertaining pitcher to perform for the Boston Red Sox in many a long year — maybe ever. And by all accounts, Martinez’s speech on Sunday delivered everything fans were yearning for. We hope, though, that …

Editorial: Hackers Vs. Automobiles

Monday, July 27, 2015

The article on the Wired website last week was like something out of a Hollywood thriller. As writer Andy Greenberg sped down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, the radio started blasting hip hop, the air conditioning unexpectedly turned on, the wipers activated — and then the SUV …

A Soiled Symbol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Twin State residents of 150 years ago would have had no mixed feelings about the display of a Confederate battle flag after so many sons and fathers had been killed or maimed in what they called “The War of the Rebellion.” It would have been treasonous to them, …

Editorial: Doing-Good Business at CVS

Friday, July 24, 2015

If coverage of business news tends to accentuate the negative, it’s largely because there’s so much negative to accentuate. For every Market Basket that prides itself on treating its employees and customers well, there are dozens of big corporations whose only goal is to maximize shareholder value and …

Wisdom of The Jester?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As promised in this space yesterday, we now return to the regularly scheduled noise of the 2016 presidential campaign, albeit in the hope of distinguishing the signal from the noise made by and about Donald Trump. Remarkably, Trump …

Editorial: The View From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We interrupt regular coverage of Donald Trump’s quote of the day, the GOP cavalcade of candidates and handicapping Clinton vs. the Democratic field to consider a candidate who is reported to be running for president, though running may be too strong a word for it. At this point, …

Editorial: Speaking Freely

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When the results are finally in on election night, politicians are fond of saying, “ Well, the people have spoken.” Indeed they have, but that’s not all they are entitled to say, a point that seems to be increasingly lost on local officials in New Hampshire. In Alton, …

Editorial: Overtime, Overdue

Monday, July 20, 2015

Is a secretary or a mid-level office worker a manager? Most people probably wouldn’t think so, but the federal Fair Labor Standards Act begs to differ. Right now any salaried worker who makes more than $23,660 a year and whose duties include “the exercise of discretion and independent …

Editorial: Parade, Interrupted

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Who rained on Wells River’s Fourth of July parade? Even this newspaper’s best investigatory efforts to find out have been frustrated by serial finger-pointing among state officials, law enforcement authorities and parade organizers. Perhaps the only positive note in the whole affair is that all those involved have …

Editorial: The Bees Needs

Saturday, July 18, 2015

If anything deserves our sympathies, it is the humble bee, which has suffered terribly in recent years from die-offs of mysterious origin. Disease, mites, habitat change, pesticides and parasites are among the suspects. According to a recent New York Times article, the Bee Informed Partnership reported this spring …

Editorial: Work More, Says Jeb Bush

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jeb Bush’s clarion call last week for Americans to work longer hours was issued at a particularly inopportune moment: In July, millions of Bush’s fellow citizens are on vacation, resting from their labors and savoring for a welcome change the pleasures of not working. We suspect, though, that …