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Editorials

Editorial: Rethinking Police Use of Deadly Force

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eighteen months after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a top police research organization has issued 30 guiding principles on the use of deadly force by officers. Police forces should embrace and incorporate these principles as the modern way to police our streets. Brown’s killing, and the protests and civil disorder that followed, marked the beginning of …

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly volatile presidential campaign. Still, the results of the New Hampshire primary may have clarified some of the issues and problems faced by the candidates. Although it may seem odd that a plutocrat and a prophet of the proletariat …

Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of those is affordable, nutritious food, and those who lack “food security’’ can’t afford to wait for the political scene to change. They need a helping hand now. That’s why we are impressed by the resolve and fast action …

Editorial: Vermonters in Prison

Thursday, January 14, 2016

When it comes to reforming the criminal justice system in Vermont, the Shumlin administration is taking a victory lap. The governor’s website billboards a document titled “Reversing the Trend of Rising Incarceration Rates,” in which we learn that Vermont has 1,734 inmates at present, 885 fewer than projected …

Willem Lange: I Missed the Log Drives, but Met the Alums

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Montpelier A pretty heavy snow squall is at the moment dusting the glare ice of the back yard with a thin coat of traction. Hallelujah! The crossing to the barn earlier this morning was a death-defying feat. Now the roaring diesel engines of the loggers are at it …

Editorial: Powerball Dreams

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The odds of winning the lottery and becoming an instant billionaire tonight are better than your chance of having a lunch date with a hobbit, or a stormtrooper. But just a little. Nevertheless, many in the Upper Valley — and their fellow Americans — are devoting billions of …

Editorial: Limiting Opioids in Vermont

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nobody expected Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to ride off into the sunset of retirement quietly, and his annual State of the State address last week did not disappoint in that regard. Although much of the 51-minute speech was devoted to reviewing his administration’s accomplishments, the governor also broke …

Editorial: Sanders vs. Wall Street

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders entered the lions’ den last week (or at least close enough for metaphorical purposes), traveling to midtown Manhattan to denounce greed, fraud and — to complete the biblical allusion — usury on Wall Street. The lions were not available for comment afterward, perhaps content to …

Editorial: Life and Death Issues

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The good news, confirmed by the fact that you are reading this, is that the holidays have passed and you have not. We collectively have made it through a rough patch — of merriment and mortality. According to The Wall Street Journal, deaths from natural causes in the …

Longer Terms In Twin States

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Editorial: Longer Gubernatorial Terms in the Twin States …

Editorial: Farewell to ‘Downton Abbey’

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Downton Abbey, the hit series that has unleashed many Americans’ inner Edwardian, has begun its long goodbye. The final season began Sunday night, a bittersweet moment for fans and for PBS stations (Vermont and New Hampshire affiliates among them), which have made the show the crown jewel of …

Editorial: A Modesty Proposal for N.H.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Hampshire lawmakers will face many pressing issues when they return to Concord this week, not least the state’s opioid abuse crisis and reauthorization of Medicaid expansion. As always, they will also waste a certain amount of time on frivolous matters, such as a bill this session that …

Editorial: Corruption in China

Monday, January 4, 2016

Disasters, both natural and man-made, tear a hole in society. When that tear comes in a place such as China, systemic failures often are exposed as well as lives lost and dreams crushed. The landslide that came roaring down on the Chinese city of Shenzhen on Dec. 20 …