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The Highs And Lows

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the country gradually liberalizes marijuana laws — pot is now legal in Colorado and Washington state and medicinal marijuana is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia — the debate goes on over whether cannabis could be a tax boon for states, poses a danger to users and society, or both. That debate could go on ad infinitum, like for certain pot users, a session of listening …

Editorial: Thoughts in Summer: Potholes, Playing Catch, Pickpockets

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Here are a few things we have been thinking about lately. ∎ Has there been in recent memory a better late spring/early summer of weather in the Upper Valley than this one? Sunny, cool to moderate temperatures, rain when it has been needed: The gardens couldn’t be happier, and neither could we. Let’s hope it lasts. ∎ Has that yawning pothole on Interchange Drive in …

Editorial: The Co-op Firings

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If the current controversy over the firing of two longtime employees at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon has demonstrated anything conclusively, it is that the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society remains a signature Upper Valley institution about which its members care deeply. There’s no mystery why that’s the case. It’s big and it’s locally owned. It has 400 employees, 21,000 actively shopping members …

Editorial: 50 Years After the Great Lebanon Fire

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The recent Valley News series on the great Lebanon fire of 1964 recalled a time of small, friendly shops, a place “where everyone knew everyone,” an era when life seemed predictable. On June 20 of that year, Lebanon High School alumni would march around the green and locals …

Editorial: Building a Better GOP in Vermont

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vermont Republicans show signs of being an endangered species in a state that is increasingly a Democratic stronghold. The GOP holds only one statewide office and has been reduced to the status of a superminority in both chambers of the Legislature. It was not always thus. Republicans held …

Editorial: Crossing the Border; The Influx of Unaccompanied Minors

Monday, June 23, 2014

It’s hard to say whether the Obama administration’s response to the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children across the U.S. southern border is bureaucratic, hapless or humane. Quite possibly it’s all three. President Barack Obama has no good options, only two overriding and divergent imperatives. First, …

Editorial: Hartford Brushes Off Fluoridation Science

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Those curious to witness what life is like among those who are unmoved by contemporary scientific thinking need not travel to states where many regard evolution as heresy, or to the Republican-controlled U.S. House, where global warming is regarded with skepticism. A visit to Hartford will do. There, …

Editorial: Filling Top Jobs in Lebanon Schools

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Lebanon School Board won’t get much rest and relaxation this summer. Members are under pressure to hire three administrators integral to the operation of the district — a superintendent; a business administrator responsible for the budget; and …

Editorial: A More Powerful Mayor in Claremont?

Friday, June 20, 2014

It’s not uncommon for citizens to desire a change in the form of local government, usually after a period of frustration for a faction who believe that the will of the people — or their own — is being subverted by the powers that be. In Claremont, a …

Editorial: Truth and Consequences: Government’s Role in Punishing Lies

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Everyone lies. It’s human nature, so much so that anyone who says, “I always tell the truth” is automatically exposed as untrustworthy. Small lies or whoppers, white lies or diabolical deceptions — they are as unavoidable as death and taxes. In certain realms, though, we demand honesty, passing …

Editorial: No Smoking, Please

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Decades ago, an ad campaign invited readers to “Come to Marlboro Country.” The slogan was printed over a photograph of a cowboy leaning against a weathered barn, enjoying a smoke after busting broncs, fixing fences or some such manly pursuit. Earlier, smoking enjoyed even more social approval. “More …

Editorial: The Write Goes Wrong; The Defeat of Eric Cantor

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When it comes to writing a political epitaph for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, it’s hard to decide between, “He just wasn’t conservative enough” and “In your heart, you know he’s far right.” Paradoxically, both are apt. Despite …

Editorial: Fixing the Dartmouth Brand

Sunday, June 15, 2014

All things considered, we much preferred the days when branding was something done to cattle rather than something colleges did to themselves in an effort to market their educational wares to impressionable young people and their parents. That no doubt reflects the archaic view that higher education is …