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: Enfield’s Investments

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In a sense, you can blame the Federal Reserve for Enfield’s investment troubles: The Fed has been keeping interest rates historically low to stimulate the economy by making it cheap to borrow money. But what’s good for borrowers isn’t always good for savers, who have gotten measly returns …

Editorial: Reform, Delayed, in Mental Health Services

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In recent years, both Vermont and New Hampshire have made commitments — albeit in very different forms — to improve mental health care by providing community treatment options for all but the most acutely ill patients. Vermont enacted comprehensive mental health reform in 2012 after Tropical Storm Irene …

World Progress

Monday, July 13, 2015

The state of the world is improving at an astonishing rate. That might have served as the title of a valuable new report on global incomes from the Pew Research Center. In a spirit of glass-half-full restraint, the center instead announced that “A Global Middle Class Is More …

Editorial: Terms of Concealment — Gun Law in N.H.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto last week of legislation repealing the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver in New Hampshire is good policy and may also prove to be good politics for her The veto did not exactly come as a bolt out of the blue. …

Editorial: America’s Cookie

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was long said that Britannia ruled the waves, and by extension, the world. The sun has set on that empire — these days, the Oreo is king. A Washington Post story this week revealed the startling hegemony of the iconic chocolate wafer and creme cookie. Consider some …

Editorial: The Sanders Effect

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Hillary Clinton campaign is now officially “worried” about the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders. And well it might be, although not because the Vermont independent is likely to wrest the Democratic nomination away from her. Sanders is definitely on a roll. His poll numbers have been …

Editorial: Safer Driving in N.H.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome to the hands-free world, New Hampshire. The Granite State is a safer place now that you have joined Vermont and 12 other states in prohibiting the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. If there was any doubt that this ban, which went into effect July 1, …

Editorial: Summer Mysteries in Orange and Cornish

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This season is supposed to be relaxing, just the time for a page-turner, perhaps a summer mystery. Here are a couple of timely possibilities from the Upper Valley — The Case of the Missing Selectmen; and The Town That Lost Its Teachers. The former happened in Orange, population …

Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections could cause excruciating pain during executions. As with many rulings by the current court, the justices were sharply divided on the question, with …

Editorial: Life, Liberty, Happiness

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station …