Editorials

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 corporate ownership so dominates the retail scene — supermarket chains range from regional to international — the Co-op is member-owned. Co-op boosters …

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, right? Not even close. When it comes to new medications, the Food and Drug Administration …

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 heard an eye-opening report last week from Mark McPeek, a biology professor who heads a …

Editorial: Tight Squeeze In Coach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you’ve flown in coach lately, you know how it feels to be a foot in a shoe that’s a size too small. And attention passengers, things are getting worse. This newspaper recently ran a column by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times in which he reported …

Editorial: The Tax Code Enables Inequality

Friday, April 24, 2015

“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” So said Hillary Rodham Clinton in announcing her 2016 presidential campaign. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is preparing to run under the banner of progressive populism, not the more moderate “third way” …

Editorial: Sorrell Exonerates Himself

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earlier this month, we assailed Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell for bringing a “problematic and punitive” enforcement action against Dean Corren, a publicly funded candidate for lieutenant governor in last fall’s election. Sorrell alleges Corren violated the state’s campaign finance laws, and the attorney general is seeking what …

Editorial: A Shrine Upon a Hill in Enfield

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We aren’t qualified to say whether prayers are ever answered — if a higher power spoke to journalists, it would be to say “no comment.” But some believe that faith was rewarded when it was announced last week that La Salette Shrine in Enfield will remain open. The …

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect the view on Main Street is quite different. But in any case, this debate may be one of the hinges on which the …

Editorial: Protected Airspace?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn last Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no …

Editorial: States All In On Gambling

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News that the New Hampshire Legislature is, yet again, considering a bill that would bring big-time casino gambling to the state raises two concerns. The primary one, of course, is that lawmakers will succumb to the lure of additional revenue this time and open the doors to all …

Editorial: Art, Politics And Hope

Friday, April 17, 2015

We applaud the gumption of a pair of Hanover High students who question the appropriateness of a school mural that includes a representation of President Obama’s famous “Hope’’ campaign poster — even though we think they are entirely …

Editorial: Justice in the Blackwater Shootings

Friday, April 17, 2015

In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in another country. The fact that the defendants …

Editorial: Housing Crisis in Lebanon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The loss of 50 rent-subsidized apartments at one time would be a problem for most communities, but it threatens to be little short of a disaster in the Upper Valley, which perpetually suffers from an acute shortage of affordable housing. That is precisely the situation at Pine Tree …