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Editorial: Increase the Federal Gas Tax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whenever the price of oil spikes, it’s a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel, and with America’s highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a gas tax increase? Of course not. Raising the gas tax is bad politics — and will remain so even after the November …

Editorial: Ugly Talk in Politics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Hampshire Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican who represents Hillsborough County District 15, is not a handsome man. In photos he looks stocky, balding, a tad overweight, with a pug face and a tendency toward a bullfrog neck. His looks are fair game because Vaillancourt, one of the political bad boys of New Hampshire, where the 400-member House is such a big tent …

Editorial: Bark About the Park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We count ourselves among the most loyal and devoted friends of canis lupus familiaris, and we stand prepared to defend their rights. Even so, we readily concede that dogs, much like toddlers and teenagers, have their place. And that place may not be near crowds, antsy children, bouncing balls and squirrels. A proposal before the Norwich Selectboard to prohibit dogs at Huntley Meadow …

Editorial: The New Mediocre

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It’s never wise to base policy on the gyrations of the stock market, but the sell-off on Wall Street this week reflects investors’ increasing nervousness about global economic growth — and their fears are not unfounded. To the contrary, the International Monetary Fund’s forecasters describe the global recovery …

Editorial: Gone Girl, Gone Boy; Young Adults Leave the Twin States

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It is entirely reasonable to skip Internet lists, but the web-averse missed the “25 Most Important Cat Photos of All Time,’’ an actual compilation that was like online catnip. We count ourselves among the wary, but still noticed the recently released “Worst States for Young Adults 2014,’’ which …

Editorial: Consent on Campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing has filed a bill that would require the state’s colleges and universities to adopt stricter sexual assault policies or risk losing state aid or, in the case of private schools, property tax exemptions. Following California’s lead, the Hampton Democrat would like to …

Editorial: Taking Precautions in the Age of Ebola

Monday, October 13, 2014

In their early attempts to prevent panic in the United States, government officials spoke too quickly and with too much assurance when they told Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus crossing the country’s borders. Last month, President Obama announced that all the necessary steps had been …

Editorial: A Generosity Gap?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It would be tempting, but perhaps unfair, to say that the rich are getting richer, and stingier to boot. But not entirely unfair. The Chronicle of Philanthropy headlined a recent report on trends in charitable giving “As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs …

Editorial: Bad Form on Route 120

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can we talk? That new hotel rising out of denuded ground on Route 120 near Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center invites the sort of bad joke for which comedian Joan Rivers was famous: “I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and he …

Editorial: The Health Coverage Gap

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wal-Mart’s decision to stop paying for health insurance for employees who work less than 30 hours a week may sound like bad news, especially for those 30,000 workers and their families. But it could become good news ­­— for those families and everyone else — if it generates …

Editorial: Different Strokes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It is said that Americans are moving apart, both politically and literally. The trend, social observers say, is for liberals to seek out blue neighborhoods, blue friends, blue churches, blue Facebook posts and finally, blue states. Or, if one prefers, red. What’s lost in this national separation is …

Editorial: Teaching for America

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Teach for America, which recruits college seniors to teach for two years in predominately poor neighborhoods, has enjoyed a solid reputation. Urban districts throughout the country rely on the young recruits to teach in sc­­hools that struggle to retain professional educators. Big corporations and foundations are also enthusiastic …

Editorial: Upward in West Windsor

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

There may be sure-fire businesses in this world, but ski areas are not among them. Operating one in New England is a risk worthy of a black diamond rating, partly because the annual winter snow blanket isn’t as reliable as it once was, no matter what climate change …