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Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, School Finance Director Jim Vezina suggested to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling last week, could lead voters to revolt against rising property taxes. Maybe. After all, 35 Vermont communities voted down proposed school budgets this year. But we tend to think that if there’s a voter …

Aging Gracefully?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Participants at the Tri-State Roundtable on Aging, held last week in Portsmouth, did not beat around the old bush. Rapidly aging populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, conferees noted, present a formidable challenge for local and state governments. The trend will have significant implications for health care, housing, school districts, the work force, and, of course, state economies as a whole. In …

Editorial: Put Up or Shut Up on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a guy who was finally fulfilling a promise he first made more than six years ago, President Obama didn’t seem too happy about it. Maybe that’s because he knows his plan to defer deportations for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, outlined in Thursday night’s speech, is a partial and temporary fix that is likely to make Washington a meaner, smaller place. His …

Editorial: Fair Rules for the Web

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Most Americans avoid the gritty details of most federal regulatory issues. In fact, it’s all some of us can do to muster the energy to vote in a nonpresidential election year. But sometimes the stakes are so high that people take the time to get engaged in complex …

Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, …

Editorial: The Case for Letting Students Sleep

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Anyone who has ever had to pry a teenager out of bed in the morning, or been so pried at an earlier stage of life, will probably have sympathy for a student-led initiative to begin the school day …

Editorial: Assault on Obamacare Is a Bad Bet

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Question: Now that the mid term elections are over and Republicans have gained control of the Senate as well as the House, where does the Affordable Care Act stand? Answer: Firmly in place, and likely to remain so. A number of considerations lead us to venture out onto …

Editorial: Open and Shut: The Lebanon School Board and the Open Meeting Law

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Lebanon School Board had been on a roll — hiring a high school principal, business manager and interim superintendent with dispatch over the summer. The board handled the challenge of conducting multiple searches before the opening school bell rang. But that roll ground to a halt recently …

Election Postmortem

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The results of Tuesday’s elections provided a lot to chew over, but we’ll confine ourselves to a few bite-sized observations today. ∎ Supporters of the $3.5 million bond issue for athletic facility improvements at Hartford High School should take “no” for an answer this time and seek a different …

Editorial: Farewell to Friendly’s

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Has the world become a less friendly place? Certainly in one sense. The Friendly’s Restaurant on Route 12A in West Lebanon, one of the early chain restaurants to come to the Upper Valley, is no more. It closed on a recent Sunday with little more notice than a …

Editorial: Good Sport In Sharon

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The sports pages these days carry about as much troubling news as any other section of the paper. What with concussions, domestic violence, abusive coaches, spoiled players, profligate spending by colleges on athletic facilities and a host of other problems, sports is no longer the refuge from the …

Editorial: Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scott Milne says that the 2014 gubernatorial election in Vermont amounts to a referendum on the performance of his Democratic opponent, Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is completing his second two-year term this fall. It’s hard to argue with that assessment. For one thing, Milne, a Pomfret businessman making …

Editorial: Lost Art of Compromise

Monday, November 3, 2014

As the midterm elections approach, Americans are in a dark mood. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, released last Tuesday, reports that 68 percent of likely voters think that the country is “on the wrong track”; a CNN-ORC International poll that came out the same day says 68 …