Editorials

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not the best — sometimes intelligence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Consider the humiliation of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor said to be one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was pilloried by a congressional committee recently for his videotaped comments …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold and possibly controversial stand, but according to a Washington Post story published in Tuesday’s Valley News, research indicates that fully a third of Americans get less than seven hours a night on weekdays. This is mainly because so-called …

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, in which Chick-fil-A of Atlanta, with some 1,850 fast-food restaurants and over $5 billion in …

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never …

Editorial: Hollywood Gets Hacked

Monday, December 15, 2014

To get a taste for the havoc possible in today’s digital world, consider the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Intruders calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” claim to have broken into Sony’s networks and stolen around 100 terabytes — that’s 100,000 gigabytes — of financial information, budgets, payroll …

Editorial: Scraping By In Winter

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creeping home along Interstate 89 during Tuesday night’s storm, when the only thing whiter than the pavement was our knuckles, we found ourselves — not for the first time — a victim of unrealistic expectations: Despite the thickly descending snow and near zero visibility, we were disappointed that …

Editorial: Click Here and Learn

Saturday, December 13, 2014

“A little learning is a dangerous thing,’’ wrote poet Alexander Pope in 1709 or 1711, according to conflicting Internet sources. Pope was to suffer a fate oft repeated in our times. His phrase was misquoted by a couple of authors, morphed into the better known “A little knowledge …

Editorial: Encouraging The Vote

Friday, December 12, 2014

Given that it’s the world’s oldest living democracy, it’s odd that the United States puts so many obstacles between its citizens and the voting booth. It’s not perhaps odd, but it is depressing how many Republican-led states over the past several years have added to those obstacles. So …

Editorial: Ruth Dwyer and the View From Thetford

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When we saw in Saturday’s paper the picture of the giant shade-cloth screen erected along Sawnee Bean Road in Thetford, our first thought was that the artist Christo had somehow slipped into town unnoticed and embarked on another of his celebrated fabric-in-landscape installations. The reality, as described by …

Editorial: Raising the Roof in Hartford

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

White River Junction certainly isn’t known for its skyline, but Hartford’s historic railroad village suddenly has more architectural upside. New York and Chicago won’t have to sweat the competition; the Hartford Selectboard increased the maximum height of buildings in certain zones from 40 feet to 60 feet — …

Editorial: A Long Way To Prosperity

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Blockbuster” and “spectacular” are not words normally used to describe reports by government agencies, but analysts could hardly contain themselves Friday when the Labor Department reported that employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the largest monthly increase in three years, and that average hourly earnings rose by 0.4 …

Editorial: Art, Violence And Intent

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Despite its many miracles, the Internet often seems to be the new Wild West, a lawless frontier where the sheriff is always outgunned by users engaging in serial defamation, bullying, copyright infringement and a host of other antisocial activities for which they seem to enjoy impunity or legal …

Editorial: Teaching and Technology in Lebanon

Saturday, December 6, 2014

If technology weren’t so enticing to many, fewer would stampede into stores on Black Friday, when in recent years people have snapped up with abandon desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablets, the latest and greatest in gadgetry. Wishful thinking powers the technology surge. People believe they will write novels, …