Editorials

Editorial: Super-Sized Food Makers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Has Warren Buffett, “the Wizard of Omaha,’’ met his match in Cheez Whiz? That question arises after last week’s announcement that Buffett and other investors intend to acquire Kraft Foods and merge it with H.J. Heinz. America’s appetite for the highly processed offerings of the two food giants has been softening, but Buffet and “a team of Brazilian buyout kings’’ think they can puff up profits by slashing costs and …

Editorial: Call It the N.H. Poll-aroid

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire House, whose budget-cutting zeal apparently knows no bounds — including those of common sense and decency — now is considering a plan that in effect would require municipal election officials to use their personal electronic equipment to comply with the provisions of a frivolous voter ID law. This absurdity emerged last week when, as staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported in …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the news media a binge of “bad behavior.” That term, though, conveys a sense of boys-will-be-boys mischief-making that hardly does justice to the often dangerous, frequently disgusting and sometimes felonious nature of the activities described. The most celebrated of …

Editorial: Sweet Temptations in Vermont

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Life is sweet in Vermont, its admirers say, but a minor sour note was struck last week in the Legislature. At the same time that legislators were debating a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, aimed at discouraging consumption in a time of increasing obesity, at least some lawmakers were …

Editorial: Gun Control Must Wait in Twin States

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gun control advocates in both Vermont and New Hampshire must be discouraged at the failure of measures in their respective legislatures this winter that would have extended background checks, with some exceptions, to private firearm sales. Both bills were sensible attempts to keep guns out of the hands …

Editorial: Trouble With the Secret Service

Monday, March 16, 2015

“Only a director from outside the service, removed from organizational traditions and personal relationships, will be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require.” President Obama rejected that assessment by a special panel probing the operations of the U.S. Secret Service when he tapped a 27-year …

Editorial: Ayotte’s Misstep

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Since being elected to the U.S. Senate by New Hampshire voters in 2010, Kelly Ayotte has worked diligently to build a reputation within the Republican Party as a leading young light on foreign policy. She did nothing to burnish that credential last week when she joined 46 other …

Editorial: Exceptional New Hampshire

Friday, March 13, 2015

Radio listeners who turned their dials to VPR on Vermont Town Meeting Day heard a midday program on the timeless question of whether Vermont exceptionalism is a myth. It’s no myth, said graphic artist Sabra Field, of East Barnard, who has created exceptionally attractive Vermont scenes in her …

Editorial: A Film About Pollution Appears in China, Then Vanishes

Friday, March 13, 2015

A documentary that just appeared in China opens with a narrator on a stage, wearing a simple white blouse and blue jeans. The former television journalist who produced the film, Chai Jing, describes her anxiety when a daughter was born with an illness that may have been caused …

Editorial: Cut Now, Pay Later — Vermont’s Prison Schools

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When it comes to targeting budget cuts, programs for prison inmates generally have a bull’s-eye painted on their back. It’s not hard to understand why: Few members of society are so despised, so powerless or live in such obscurity as prisoners. Unless they have a relative behind bars …

Editorial: Moral Qualms Under the Big Top

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mark Twain thought that dogs judged humans too kindly, adoring masters who mistreated their best friends. “Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in,’’ Twain proclaimed. We’re not sure what he thought about elephants, although we suspect …

Editorial: Branding Vermont, for Real

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From Michigan to Massachusetts, from Arizona to Pennsylvania, the Vermont franchise is under siege, The Wall Street Journal reports. And what franchise is that, exactly? According to the Journal, it is the state’s status as the “nation’s keeper of all things quaint: maple sugar treats, softly-falling snow and …

Editorial: Oh, Those Canadian Pharmaceutical Prices

Monday, March 9, 2015

Canada has a well-founded reputation for dangerous exports: dirty oil. Strong beer. The occasional bad pop song. Hockey fights. Hockey hair. The Canadian tuxedo. Still, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry’s concern about a law that let Maine residents buy prescription drugs from Canada is a little odd. There’s no …