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A Simple Carbon Plan

Monday, September 1, 2014

A prominent member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It’s only 28 pages long, it’s market-based, and it would put money into the pockets of most Americans. This is not the first time that Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, a House Democratic leader, has made the point that the best climate-change policy is not complicated. He …

Editorial: Nights of Labor

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cancel that festive Labor Day cookout for the great American worker. Life for the working stiff is certainly no picnic these days. It’s no secret that middle class wages have stagnated over recent decades, while the benefits of economic growth have accrued almost exclusively to the top 5 percent of households. Meanwhile, unemployment stands at 6.2 percent nationwide long after the Great Recession …

Editorial: Your Cellphone Could Betray You

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Well before the dawn of cellphones, Joseph Heller wrote this in Catch-22: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” His novel was about absurdities in a time of declared war, but our era of uneasy peace doesn’t lack matters to fret about. One of the latest: You could be betrayed by something very close to you. Make that extremely close. …

Editorial: Changing Managers in Vermont State Government

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little more than a week after the Shumlin administration gave the boot to the main developer of the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website, the other shoe dropped — on Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Exactly why Racine was dismissed Monday was not specified …

Editorial: A Sensible Interval for Gun Purchases

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont lawmakers surveyed recently by staff writer Sarah Brubeck do not seem inclined to assign a high priority to enacting a waiting period for firearm purchases next year, despite the circumstances in which prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal commentator Cheryl Hanna took her own life last …

Editorial: The Company You Keep: Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now that corporations, according to the thinking of certain Supreme Court justices, are people, more or less, it’s only natural that they have awkward moments. Any conservative father with an Occupy Wall Street daughter or feminist aunt with a nephew who posts bikini pictures on Facebook knows that …

Editorial: States Restrict Abortions, Putting Burdens on Women

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several states have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every …

Editorial: Of Contracts and Cracker Jacks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Sox fans know that Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, who, according to Boston lore, was raising money to back a Broadway show, No, No, Nanette. The show was a success, but Ruth was an even bigger hit. Nothing as …

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 …