Editorials

Editorial: The Bee Problem

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has a plan to deal with the massive number of bee deaths. But this might be a problem that biotechnology will ultimately have …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use by Hartford residents of QLLA facilities — including Quechee Green, the ski area, the polo field, the golf courses and Lake Pinneo. The purported reason for this spectacularly ill-timed decision is the reluctance of town officials to formalize …

Editorial: Supercomputer Recipes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

An editorial could some day be authored by a computer, but not yet. Ours are written by humans for the time being, although we could imagine typing in keywords and phrases — Norwich bandstand, outrage, infrastructure, campaign finance, Founding Fathers, deflated footballs — and letting a computer finish the job. But as of yet we are not feeling threatened by Watson, the IBM …

Editorial: Brady, Deflated

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is being punished. Yesterday, the National Football League announced its sentence in deflategate: a four-game suspension for Brady, a $1 million fine for the team and the loss of draft picks. A special investigator told the league last week that Brady was …

Editorial: Protecting the Troops

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Defense Department report this month found that fewer men and women in uniform said they were subjected to unwanted sexual attention last year and that there has been an increase in victims reporting sex-related crimes. The improvements are, at best, incremental and overshadowed by the unsettling statistic …

Editorial: When Cash Is King

Sunday, May 10, 2015

With the 2016 presidential election still 18 months away, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission has already surrendered, acknowledging that fund raising and spending on the campaign — which could total a record $10 billion — will go largely unregulated. “The likelihood of the laws being enforced …

Editorial: A Credit to Claremont

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Those who say that every vote counts can find vindication in the recent history of Claremont, where in 2010 a bond to renovate the aging Stevens High School failed — by one vote. That same year, the state Legislature put a moratorium on school building aid, which helps …

Editorial: Finally, Progress on Use of Antibiotics

Friday, May 8, 2015

Every once in a while, glaciers crack on long-stalled public policy issues. That is the welcome case now after decades of inaction on antibiotic resistance — the emergence of bacteria that can defeat the lifesaving drugs used in human medicine since the 1940s. The problem leads to 23,000 …

Editorial: What New Hampshire Advantage?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Politicians have been touting the fabled “New Hampshire advantage” for so many years now that they appear to have fallen into the trap of actually believing their own myth: that the lack of a broad-based personal income tax or a general sales tax makes the Granite State an …

Editorial: Co-op Opportunity

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The members have spoken. After a campaign that seemed as protracted as a presidential election, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society has four new board members. If nothing else, the long-running controversy has proved that many care about the Co-op — with good reason. In a time when remote …

Column: Lax Regulation of Chemicals

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Washington Today’s topic is toxic substances and the appalling gaps in the current law that is supposed to protect the public from dangerous chemicals. For example, before a new chemical enters the market, the manufacturer must demonstrate its safety and the substance must win approval from federal regulators, …

Editorial: Grade Expectations at Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Inflation tends to erode the value of assets, including academic ones, so Dartmouth College deserves extra credit for seeking to curb grade inflation as part of President Phil Hanlon’s initiative to strengthen academics and crack down on risky student behavior. As staff writer Rob Wolfe reported, the faculty …

Editorial: Japan’s History

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seven decades after the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan have agreed to significantly expand military cooperation. It shows, as President Barack Obama said last Tuesday, “that the past can be overcome, former adversaries can become the closest of allies and that nations can build …