Editorials

Editorial: Party On, Lebanon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You can’t please all the people all the time, the saying goes. While we have found that to be true, we offer a corollary: You can nearly accomplish it with fireworks. The City of Lebanon is providing proof of that this year as it brings back the traditional Fourth of July fireworks to Storrs Hill. For the last two years, the city shelved its Independence Day display of noise and …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that things have changed decisively and will never be the same again. Usually, these are times of national trauma — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy and King assassinations, the 9/11 terror attacks come to mind. Change for the better more …

What Fast Track Means

Monday, June 29, 2015

By agreeing to put new trade agreements on a fast track, Congress accomplished something far greater than critics of the legislation acknowledge. Since the last fast-track law expired in 2007, the Obama administration hasn’t been able to close any major deals. Now the United States will be able to take the lead again on global trade policy, advancing distinctively American notions about how …

Editorial: Trump Declares His Greatness

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump, with an ego as immense as the Louisiana Purchase, has thrown his hat into the ring — joining the growing field in the Republican primary for president. He would be, in his words, “the greatest jobs …

Editorial: Wisdom Among the Mortarboards From Upper Valley Graduates

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It’s not likely that teenagers have the acquisition of wisdom chiefly on their minds as their names are called and diplomas handed out at graduation. But that’s not the main order of business, really, because at graduation a community gathers to celebrate childhoods completed, or nearly so, and …

Editorial: A Winnowing Strategy for the GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It was only a matter of time before New Hampshire took exception to a bid by Fox News to pre-empt the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. That moment came last week when a group of 56 prominent Granite State Republicans sent a letter to Fox and the Republican National Committee …

Editorial: Mockery of Human Rights

Monday, June 15, 2015

Recent events in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia show why authoritarian regimes believe they can get away with the grossest abuses of human rights: because they can and they do. In Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation …

Editorial: Art for People’s Sake

Sunday, June 14, 2015

If you’re looking for an enriching experience, you could do worse than wander through Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, one of the oldest and largest college art museums in the country with an impressive collection stretching back to 1772. Not that you’d get to see most of the …

Editorial: Vermont’s Lame Duck

Saturday, June 13, 2015

In deciding not to seek a fourth two-year term in 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was probably just reading the handwriting on the wall. The question is why he chose to read it out loud , announcing the decision fully 18 months before the election. There’s little doubt …

Editorial: Bold Declaration by G-7

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s easy to get lost in the stultifying language, but the message from the world’s top leaders on Monday deserves to be elevated: “Deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required,” leaders of the Group of Seven nations declared, “with a decarbonisation of the global economy over …

Editorial: Ethics Panel for Vermont

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The idea of creating a state ethics commission, as recently proposed by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, apparently strikes some of the players in Montpelier as outlandish, if not totally absurd. For example, Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, head of the House ethics committee, told VTDigger: “I think …

Health Care Premiums

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One of the promises of Obamacare was that wider participation and a more rigorously regulated health insurance market would hold down premium costs and help slow the rate of U.S. health care spending. But premiums for plans sold on the exchanges appear to be in danger of rising …

Editorial: Just Go, Rep. Guinta

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Today we become the last, or very nearly the last, newspaper in New Hampshire to call on U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to resign at once his seat representing the First Congressional District. It’s not that we just now reached the conclusion that the congressman should go. It has …