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Editorial: A Day in the Life of the Upper Valley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

These are days that would test Pollyanna, with alarming news coming from the Mideast, Ukraine and elsewhere, not to mention rumbling volcanoes and rattling earthquakes. We understand why some consider the news media the daily bearer of bad news. And yet, for those who look more closely, there are reassuring items, large and small, in even a single issue of a daily newspaper. Consider, for example, the Aug. 17 Sunday …

Editorial: Rewriting Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard appears poised to replace long-time Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s three-year contract with — something else. What exactly the new agreement will contain is shrouded in mystery at this point, as the Selectboard has conducted the process entirely behind closed doors. But some reasonable inferences can be drawn. As staff writer Jordan Cuddemi reported last week, Rieseberg’s current contract renews automatically …

Editorial: James Jeffords, Independent Man

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sometime in the late summer or early fall of 1972, in circumstances now lost to the passing years, a young reporter met Jim Jeffords for the first time, on a street corner in Bradford, Vt., and came away singularly unimpressed. His physical appearance was unprepossessing; he was not particularly forceful or articulate; and he didn’t make much of an effort to call attention …

Editorial: Off the Shelf Opinions, From Market Basket to Nixon

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Even the laborers here in the opinion factory occasionally suffer from end-of-the-week exhaustion in mid-summer, and so today we offer some partially assembled thoughts. Warranty not included. ∎  Certainly the Market Basket Revolt has many unusual aspects, but one of the strangest is why high-profile politicians of a …

Editorial: The Error Registry; Vermont’s Flawed Sex Offender List

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Given that Vermont has been bedeviled lately by information management problems ranging from its faulty health insurance website to systemic communications failures within the Department for Children and Families, it’s hardly surprising to learn that the state’s sex offender registry is riddled with errors. But it is doubly …

Editorial; College Calculus — Families Rethink the Costs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One of the most troubling trends in recent years — and there has been much competition for that title — is the combination of college costs and the soft job market for young graduates. The reasons for runaway higher education costs are complex, and justifications from schools opaque. …

Editorial: Render Unto Dorchester

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We tend to think that religious persecution of the Christian faith in the United States is largely fictional — although, judging by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it is a fiction that has captured the imagination of court’s five male Roman Catholic …

Editorial: The Missile Threat; Commercial Airliners Are Vulnerable

Monday, August 4, 2014

It’s been an abysmal year for the flying public. Planes have crashed in bad weather, disappeared over the Indian Ocean and tragically crossed paths with anti-aircraft missiles over Ukraine. That last disaster has led to something approaching panic, as aviation bigwigs convened in Montreal last Tuesday to discuss …

Editorial: Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pity the beleaguered American worker, who in recent years has seen wages stagnate and benefits cut and has learned that job security is sometimes built on beach sand. Meanwhile, back in the cabanas, happy days are here again: Forbes calculated last year that the average CEO earned 273 …

Editorial: In Children’s Best Interest, Vermont Needs Transparency

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Anyone who doubts that Vermont’s child protection system is a mess need only to consult Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s remarks this week to a legislative committee in order to be set straight. “Our existing laws are clear in that the controlling determinant is to be ‘the best interests …

Editorial: Deep-Pockets Parks in Hartford?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard is moving ahead with a plan to efface the ugly scar left across the north face of the Quechee Covered Bridge by Tropical Storm Irene nearly three years ago, agreeing last week to seek engineering and design studies for building pocket parks on either side …

Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who are taking a summer break from more serious work, Darth Vader from the Star Wars films is “polling higher than all potential 2016 …

Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well …