Editorials

Editorial: Saving the Internet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Anytime David fells Goliath, it is almost by definition news — chiefly because it happens so rarely, and especially when powerful economic interests are on the receiving end of the stone to the forehead. One such unlikely story culminated last week with the adoption by the Federal Communications Commission of rules allowing Internet service to be regulated like a public utility. That would ensure so-called “net neutrality” by prohibiting Internet …

Raises at Wal-Mart

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wal-Mart would have to go a long way to match Henry Ford’s 1913 salary surprise, when he raised the daily wage at his auto plant to a princely $5. Inflation has made that number seem tiny, but at the time, Ford was more than doubling worker pay. Competing car makers and captains of industry were furious. Though Ford later said he thought he …

Editorial: The Cost of Deportations

Friday, February 27, 2015

Julissa Arce personifies a lot about what makes America great — and what’s not so great about its immigration policy. Arce came to the United States from Mexico at age 11 already possessed of brains, ambition and a powerful, relentless work ethic. To support herself as a student at the University of Texas, Arce rode a bus 80 miles from Austin to San …

Editorial: Thieves Want Your Tax Refund

Monday, February 16, 2015

Although tax day in the U.S. is still two months away, a few enterprising businessmen have been busy filing returns to the Internal Revenue Service. Unfortunately, their business is fraud. TurboTax, the popular online tax-filing service, briefly stopped submitting returns to state authorities recently after a spike in …

Editorial: Don’t Fear Sensible Gun Regulations

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The crowd that turned out at the Vermont Statehouse last week for a public hearing on gun control legislation was reported to be the largest since the debate over civil unions in 2000. Based on media accounts, we’d also like to nominate it for entertaining the most preposterous …

Editorial: Hoop Dreams and the Upper Valley

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Few high school basketball coaches have had it tougher than Norman Dale. Early in the film Hoosiers, a fathers’ cabal monitors practice to be sure the new coach does things the right way — the way they’ve always been done. When they don’t like his changes, they convene …

Editorial: Misjudgment in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, February 13, 2015

Monday was a joyous day for some gay couples in Alabama, but not for others. After the Supreme Court refused to stay a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution, some probate judges issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But others refused, …

Editorial: Internet Equality

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal by its chairman, Tom Wheeler, to regulate Internet service like a public utility. The aim is to give regulators sound legal authority to enforce “net neutrality” — the fundamental principle that all online content …

Editorial: Lessons From Fortunate Retirees

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A pair of news stories gave a posthumous 15 minutes of fame last week to two Vermonters who retired successfully, though not lavishly. One was Ida May Fuller, of Ludlow, the nation’s first Social Security recipient. The second, Ronald Read, of Dummerston, was a multimillionaire who lived and …

Editorial: Seizing DNA In Vermont

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Say this for the Vermont Legislature: Sometimes it just won’t take “no” for an answer, even when it should know better. In 2009, the Legislature passed a law extending the requirement to provide DNA samples from only those convicted of felonies to those merely charged with them. Last …

Editorial: Japan’s Leader Stumbles Over Its Past

Monday, February 9, 2015

Watching Islamic State militants behead two Japanese hostages in quick succession has reinforced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conviction that Japan needs to revise its pacifist postwar constitution. If he wants to ensure that his country has the strength to better respond to 21st-century threats, however, Abe will first …

Editorial: N.H. Considers Cameras on Cops

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The New Hampshire House is considering two bills that would require state law enforcement officers to wear body cameras and record their interactions with the public. Advocates nationwide have touted body cameras as a simple and powerful tool to promote police accountability and restore public trust. Powerful, yes. …

Editorial: ‘Mockingbird’ Lives On

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Devoted readers of, say, Emily Bronte, Margaret Mitchell, Oscar Wilde and J.D. Salinger know the feeling — that impossible yearning for more. Wuthering Heights was Bronte’s one and only novel — she died shortly after its publication. Gone With the Wind was apparently all Mitchell had to say …