Editorials

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Lisa Van Ess, of Sanborn, Iowa, reads from her Bible at the foot of a cross at Living Water Community Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Van Ess was at the church to participate in a prayer session prior to the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. (Tim Gallagher/Sioux City Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday conversation? “Let’s treat one another according to Judeo-Christian values.” Or, “C’mon, kids, don’t forget to bring your Judeo-Christian Bible to church with you.” And yet, this being an election year (the people of New Hampshire hardly need to be reminded), politicians are talking about Judeo-Christian values. Ben Carson invokes the nation’s “Judeo-Christian foundation,” and Ted Cruz promises to defend Judeo-Christian values. To ignore them “is to ignore the founding of our country and the principles that allowed this country to …

Editorial: At Stake for Democrats

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton race reflects a fundamental tension between idealism and realism that has played itself out over generations in Democratic Party politics. Occasionally, this tension has been happily resolved in a single figure who has proven fluent in both the poetry of campaigning and the prose of governing — Franklin D. Roosevelt, perhaps John Kennedy, maybe Barack Obama (although it will …

Editorial: The Analog Experience

Saturday, February 6, 2016

T he Wall Street Journal reported this week that online colossus Amazon is planning to open several hundred bookstores. Real bookstores — with walls, shelves, bricks and mortar. The New York Times later wrote that, according to a source, Amazon’s plans are more modest, and analysts are also casting doubts. But even if Amazon is just dipping a toe into the business after …

Editorial: The End of Stuff?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Are we nearing the end of stuff? That’s probably a stretch, but some evidence suggests that Americans are tired of accumulating — stuff, that is. Earlier this week on this page, Los Angeles Times opinion writer Ann Friedman took issue with a best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of …

Editorial: A Victory for Diplomacy

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A dangerous world became a little less so over the weekend when the nuclear agreement with Iran went into effect — not only because Tehran’s path to building a nuclear weapon has been blocked, but also because the power and efficacy of diplomacy were vindicated. The accord, reached …

Editorial: Anger in America

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Political polling produces a lot of silly data, which encourages pundits — months in advance of the New Hampshire primary — to fixate on the consquences of whether a particular candidate were to finish fourth rather than third. Such analysis is as enduring as the mayfly. But a …

Editorial: Preserve Smartphone Privacy in Vermont

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mission creep, as it turns out, is not confined to military operations. The Vermont House is considering legislation that seeks to enhance enforcement of the state’s 2014 ban on distracted driving by permitting police to search drivers’ portable electronic devices without a warrant. It is hard to overstate …

Editorial: Reality Check on the State of the Union

Sunday, January 17, 2016

To hear this year’s crop of Republican presidential candidates tell it, Americans never had it so bad as under President Obama. In this, they display a remarkable deficiency in short-term memory. The last time a member of their own party occupied the Oval Office, thousands of civilians were …

Editorial: The Grownup Montshire

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Montshire Museum of Science celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding on Sunday, a milestone for the Norwich landmark. If a list of the Seven Nonprofit Wonders of the Upper Valley were compiled, it would surely be …

Editorial: Vermonters in Prison

Thursday, January 14, 2016

When it comes to reforming the criminal justice system in Vermont, the Shumlin administration is taking a victory lap. The governor’s website billboards a document titled “Reversing the Trend of Rising Incarceration Rates,” in which we learn that Vermont has 1,734 inmates at present, 885 fewer than projected …

Willem Lange: I Missed the Log Drives, but Met the Alums

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Montpelier A pretty heavy snow squall is at the moment dusting the glare ice of the back yard with a thin coat of traction. Hallelujah! The crossing to the barn earlier this morning was a death-defying feat. Now the roaring diesel engines of the loggers are at it …

Editorial: Powerball Dreams

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The odds of winning the lottery and becoming an instant billionaire tonight are better than your chance of having a lunch date with a hobbit, or a stormtrooper. But just a little. Nevertheless, many in the Upper Valley — and their fellow Americans — are devoting billions of …

Editorial: Limiting Opioids in Vermont

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nobody expected Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to ride off into the sunset of retirement quietly, and his annual State of the State address last week did not disappoint in that regard. Although much of the 51-minute speech was devoted to reviewing his administration’s accomplishments, the governor also broke …