Editorials

Editorial: ‘Mr. Cub’ and God’s Light

Monday, January 26, 2015

Generally speaking, we don’t hold with the idea of erecting statues to people who are still living. It somehow seems a bit presumptuous, or at least premature. We make an exception, though, for Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs legend who died last Friday at age 83. The statue of him outside of Wrigley Field, the cathedral of daytime baseball, was dedicated in 2008, and it was entirely fitting. Banks was …

Editorial: Deflated Expectations for the Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Judging by the intensity of the discussion, we might have expected to hear by now that the New England Patriots were complicit in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but no, America — or a goodly portion of it — has been obsessing this week about the proper care and treatment of footballs. The so-called “Deflategate’’ may be the biggest scandal about an non-determinative …

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s and ’80s, almost as notorious is civil asset forfeiture, a practice that was greatly expanded during that time. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement authorities can seize property including cars, cash, other valuables and even homes from people without …

Editorial: Trash Talk in Norwich

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One man’s trash, it is said, is another’s treasure. In Norwich, it’s digital gold. Readers who follow the Norwich listserv, the daily email list that makes much ado about nothing and everything, couldn’t have missed the gems in the Great Online Trash Debate. Last month, to comply with …

Editorial: Save Liberally; State Offers a Conservative Retirement Idea

Saturday, January 10, 2015

As we noted earlier this week in relation to the minimum wage and gun regulation, action at the state level may be the most promising way to address many important issues while Congress remains polarized and gridlocked. Another example is the quiet retirement crisis that is brewing across …

Editorial: Finding Consolation in a Bad Winter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In a winter such as this, without redeeming scenic or recreational value, thoughts naturally turn to survival. Will it be possible to avoid a nasty spill and attendant broken limbs in a dooryard that seems to herald the coming of a new Ice Age? Will one of those …

Editorial: Change at the Helm in Lebanon

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Having observed Lebanon government over many years, we were caught by surprise by the effusive praise for City Manager Greg Lewis after his retirement announcement last week. That’s no reflection on him, but on his employers: Has the City Council ever been as united on anything? Councilors said …

Editorial: A Congressional Work-Around

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Newly empowered Republican leaders in Congress are promising quick action on several legislative fronts this year, but we somehow doubt that raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, as President Obama has suggested, will be among them. Inaction is both past and prologue when …

Editorial: Pope Fosters a Climate for Change

Monday, January 5, 2015

When a church that once felt threatened by heliocentrism sees hydrocarbons as a threat to God’s creation, there is reason to hope that today’s science skeptics will find religion, too. Fresh off his success in helping to end one of the last remaining battles of the Cold War, …

Editorial: Money Smarts in Vermont

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What you don’t know about money can hurt you — badly. That unfortunate truth was underscored for millions of Americans during the Great Recession, when their personal finances were reduced to a shambles, sometimes because they had made bad choices about mortgage borrowing, credit card debt, savings or …

Editorial: Hop on the Bus

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A commuter would be hard-pressed to find a better value than Advance Transit in the Upper Valley. Riding its buses, which are a big presence in the core towns, is free. But just as there are no free lunches, buses can’t run on goodwill — revenue is needed. …

Editorial: The Press Under Duress Around the World

Thursday, January 1, 2015

If 2014 seemed like a particularly dangerous year for journalists, well, appearances are not deceiving. Not only were Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State terrorists after months of torturous captivity, but also their lesser-known colleagues from lesser-known nations have been murdered, kidnapped, assaulted and …

Editorial: What America Needs to Hear From Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It now appears that Sen. Bernie Sanders is edging ever closer to a presidential campaign, with a decision due by March. Unlikely as it seems in the current political climate for a self-described independent socialist from Vermont to actually win in 2016, we hope he takes a shot …