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Editorial: Borrowing Trouble

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Which is more appalling: That town and school officials in Hartford asked voters to approve a package of capital projects so poorly vetted that the cost estimates were wildly off base; or that they relied on a fundamentally flawed process to do so? We’re going with the process, on the theory that bad process so often guarantees a bad result. But it’s a close call. Staff writer Jordan Cuddemi thoroughly …

Editorial: Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, April 18, 2014

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the federal bureau that helps to spread democracy and humanitarian assistance across the world. That world has reached a critical danger zone, with three high-level …

Editorial: The Sky Isn’t Falling

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some of the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gathered for a “Freedom Summit” in Manchester over the weekend, marking what one conservative activist termed “the unofficial kickoff of the 2016” campaign. Given that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary is still almost two years away, we’re inclined to think that Republicans might be jumping the gun. But apparently they just can’t wait to …

Editorial: A Disturbing Portrait of Student Life

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Given that both accused and accuser were members of a small and elite academic community, the recently concluded Dartmouth rape trial was bound to be divisive whichever way it turned out. So it has proven to be in the wake of the acquittal late last month of Parker …

Editorial: District Consolidation in Vermont

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Members of the Vermont House Committee on Education are busy promoting a bill that would eliminate the state’s supervisory unions and reduce the number of school districts from 282 to 45. The legislation, which the committee overwhelmingly approved March 21, calls for regional districts, each governed by a …

Editorial: Campaign Contributions

Friday, April 4, 2014

There are no former politicians on the current U.S. Supreme Court — and it shows. Wednesday’s 5-4 decision striking down some limits on individual campaign contributions may be right on the law, but it’s dangerously wrong on the politics. In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the court struck …

Editorial: Obamacare Numbers

Thursday, April 3, 2014

During the government’s disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance exchange last fall, the Obama administration’s motto seemed to be, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Which it did, along with trying to fix its low- to non-functioning website. Now that the first open enrollment period …

Editorial: Making the Grade

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Town Meeting form of government has been sadly fragmented in Hartford by the town’s new charter, but this year the annual floor meeting, often an irrelevancy, yielded an instructive discussion about the town’s school system and its reputation in some quarters for not being up to par. …

Editorial: Opening Day: A Pitch for a National Holiday

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the spirit of crusading journalism, we hereby renew our urgent call for Opening Day of the major league baseball season to be declared a national holiday. You may remember, but probably not, that we first advocated this important measure a couple of years ago. This winter and …

Editorial: Gaming the Rules

Saturday, March 29, 2014

When the price of real estate soars, rents skyrocket and inflation threatens not only economic stability but social comity, it’s time to dump all your assets and walk away from the game. Life’s too short. The time invested could be better spent writing the great American novel, solving …

Editorial: Checks on the NSA

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Now that President Obama has arrived at the conclusion that the National Security Agency’s systematic collection of Americans’ phone records should end, it is important to review how we reached this point. The secret program was disclosed last June when newspapers first carried stories based on documents provided …

Editorial: Bad Habits and Benefits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Legislation in New Hampshire proposing to regulate what can be purchased with welfare benefits is considered unlikely to become law this year, because the House has decided it needs more study. That’s a wise choice, given that it’s not clear that any careful study has been given to …

Editorial: Spy Wars on Capitol Hill

Monday, March 24, 2014

Some calming words from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. may lower the political temperature of a confrontation between Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the CIA. But Feinstein’s allegation that the agency improperly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers and tried to trigger a criminal investigation of committee staffers …