Editorials

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold and possibly controversial stand, but according to a Washington Post story published in Tuesday’s Valley News, research indicates that fully a third of Americans get less than seven hours a night on weekdays. This is mainly because so-called “short sleepers” work more than normal sleepers …

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, in which Chick-fil-A of Atlanta, with some 1,850 fast-food restaurants and over $5 billion in …

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never or only rarely be justified. By 2011, 53 percent said that torture in those circumstances …

Editorial: N.H. Needs More Treatment Programs, Not More Jail Cells

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in August, when ground was broken at long last for a new, 224-bed women’s prison in New Hampshire, officials were full of pride and optimism, despite the fact that it had taken 20 years and a couple of lawsuits to compel the state to do the right …

Editorial: FairPoint’s Failures

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

When FairPoint bought Verizon’s landline telephone operations in Northern New England in 2007, many had concerns that a little company from North Carolina was biting off more — debt and operational challenges — than it could chew. A company with about 330,000 customers was adding about 1.6 million …

Editorial: Charity and a Moral Economy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

As the 2014 holiday season dawns, it is disconcerting to learn that demand for assistance at food shelves in the Upper Valley is high and in some cases has never been higher. As staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported Saturday, organizations that run these food assistance programs point not …

Column: When Democrats Go On the Attack, Against Fellow Democrats

Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington With Democrats acting like this, who needs Republicans? Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader who would very much like to be No. 1, caused a furor last week when he gave a speech at the …

Editorial: China’s Tactics in Hong Kong

Monday, December 1, 2014

China’s Communist authorities are nothing if not predictable. With a high-profile international summit hosted by President Xi Jinping this month behind them, they are ready for authorities in Hong Kong to crack down on a pro-democracy protest movement. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of police wielding batons and …

Editorial: Vermont’s Cemetery Issue Laid to Rest

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It’s not hard to understand why resentment lingers in Hartland against Michel Guite, the telecommunications executive who orchestrated the removal of the ancient Aldrich family cemetery to make way for his hilltop dream house off Town Farm Hill Road. Guite’s single-minded pursuit of his objective rankled many people …

Editorial: Claremont Council Says Trust Us

Saturday, November 29, 2014

When the Claremont City Council voted unanimously in July to hire an outside investigator to look into the circumstances surrounding the removal by city employees of personal property from a home that had been seized for nonpayment of taxes, one councilor explained that the inquiry was needed to …

Editorial: The Evidence in Ferguson

Friday, November 28, 2014

After weeks of anticipation, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., heard on Monday night the news they had feared: A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager shot dead by Wilson this summer. The burning …

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. …

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, …