Editorials

Editorial: Don’t Make Tax Code More Complex

Friday, September 4, 2015

“Simplify, simplify,” urged Thoreau. No friend of taxation, he might have been envisioning the modern Internal Revenue Code. At roughly 3.7 million words, it’s getting more complex by the day — and a few companies would like to make it even worse. Consider a scheme Congress may soon take up for some individuals applying for the earned income tax credit, once a relatively straightforward process. If a report from the …

Editorial: Hartford’s Poor Policies

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After Hartford School Board member Paula Nulty lodged and pursued a parental complaint against the high school’s boys varsity basketball coach earlier this year, her colleagues deemed the matter of sufficient importance to warrant a new policy governing the conduct of coaches, student athletes, parents and spectators at the district’s athletic events. How effective such a policy would be is anybody’s guess, given …

On-Demand Workplace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Amazon recently eclipsed Wal-Mart as the top retailer in the United States, based on stock valuation. If you want to think dour thoughts about the state of the American worker, you could start right there. Wal-Mart’s employment practices have been savaged by critics for years. It is the nation’s largest employer, with an $11.83 average hourly wage, and an apparent preference for hiring …

Editorial: A Modest Step in Fighting Heroin

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Not even the federal government can solve the nation’s growing heroin epidemic on its own, but it could always do more. That’s probably the best way to think about the new anti-heroin initiative unveiled by the White House …

Editorial: Nuclear Power Remains in the Energy Mix

Friday, August 21, 2015

The meltdown in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor terrified people in the densely packed nation of Japan, persuaded the government to close all reactors and turned public opinion there and in many other places decidedly against …

Editorial: Colleges Must Honor the Commitment Student-Athletes Make

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Faced with a question that didn’t belong before it in the first place — are students on athletic scholarships employees of the colleges they play for? — the National Labor Relations Board has unanimously decided to follow the …

Editorial: Sabotaging Educational Standards Will Hurt the Poor and Minorities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The ideologues have so disfigured Common Core that supporters of the educational reform now dare not speak its name. “The term ‘Common Core’ is so darned poisonous, I don’t even know what it means,” Jeb Bush said in response to a question at the Iowa State Fair on …

Editorial: A Reality-Based Republican Gets Traction

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Those who are growing weary of the alternative-reality show that is the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign should tune in to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Judging by poll numbers, New Hampshire voters are already beginning to pay attention, presumably because of Kasich’s solid performance in the first GOP …

Editorial: A Better Deal for Student Debt

Monday, August 17, 2015

If it makes sense for the government to help young people pay for college — and it does — then it also makes sense for the government to help them pay it back. Last Monday, Hillary Clinton endorsed an idea that would improve both sides of this bargain. …

Editorial: Police Video Footage Should Be Public

Sunday, August 16, 2015

News that the Vermont State Police may soon be outfitted with body cameras provides further evidence that law enforcement agencies are increasingly embracing the technology. Maj. William Sheets of the State Police told Vermont Public Radio that, “We’ve always had a desire to be as open and transparent …

Editorial: Meet, Pray, Vote

Friday, August 14, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that legislative prayers, and even the use of taxpayer money to pay House and Senate chaplains, do not constitute the establishment of religion by government and are constitutional. But legislative bodies represent all people and constituents of all faiths or no faith …

Editorial: Fix the Highway Fund

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Congress’ most recent fight over highway spending seemed awfully familiar. Once again, authorized cash for transportation projects was dwindling. Once again, no one could agree on a proper extension. And once again, Congress ended up passing a stopgap bill — the 34th in six years, in fact. By …

Editorial: Cyber Response

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The disclosure that Russia was responsible for penetrating the unclassified email system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff should be disconcerting. Unfortunately, many accounts of cyberattacks these days seem to produce yawns. A major Hollywood studio discovered its computers ruined; a sensitive U.S. government trove of personnel …