Editorials

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in Jerusalem — capped by a horrific attack on a Jewish synagogue Tuesday — have raised the prospect of intensifying communal bloodshed. And …

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, town officials will soon conduct their third search for a new police chief to succeed …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading up — maybe something with a jacuzzi and no peeling paint, a rec room and …

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 …

Editorial: Why We Vote

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Last week on this page, attorney Jay Cooper related in moving fashion how, with the aid of her family and Lebanon election officials, his late wife, Deborah Jones Cooper, fulfilled her dying wish to cast her ballot in the 2004 presidential election. Few among us could match the …

Editorial: Shaheen, Welch, Kuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

The U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire has outsized importance for the country this fall, as control of the Senate is in the balance. Republicans have a good chance of taking the Senate and holding the House. If they do, the stalemate of the last two years could …

Borderline Scare Tactics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there. It has built more than 600 miles of fencing; installed almost 12,000 underground …

Editorial: Hassan for Governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is making the case that a vote for her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein, is a vote to turn back the clock to the bad old days when Bill O’Brien, the once and would-be future speaker of the House, wreaked havoc on the state’s …

Editorial: Reject a Strong Mayor in Claremont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Managing a city and managing a major league baseball team have at least one thing in common: There is always a legion of spectators convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that they could do the job better. In baseball, this second-guessing is largely confined to talk radio. In Claremont …