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Help Wanted: Police Chief

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is hardly uncommon for public employee unions to express no confidence in management, but it’s a bit more unusual to do so when the rank and file don’t know exactly who they are working for. That’s apparently the case with Hartford’s police union, which expressed no confidence in the leadership of Public Safety Director Steve Locke in a vote held Oct. 2. Locke, who had been fire chief, was …

Editorial: Increase the Federal Gas Tax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whenever the price of oil spikes, it’s a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel, and with America’s highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a gas tax increase? Of course not. Raising the gas tax is bad politics — and …

Editorial: Ugly Talk in Politics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Hampshire Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican who represents Hillsborough County District 15, is not a handsome man. In photos he looks stocky, balding, a tad overweight, with a pug face and a tendency toward a bullfrog neck. His looks are fair game because Vaillancourt, one of the political bad boys of New Hampshire, where the 400-member House is such a big tent …

Editorial: Fairness and Service Dogs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Every social advance seems to bring with it its own set of complications. Staff writer Maggie Cassidy explored one such source of perplexity Sunday in an article that described the proliferation of service dogs employed by people with disabilities. By federal definition, service dogs are those “that are …

Editorial: Oh, Say Can You See ...The Flag at Lebanon High?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teenagers often lose the innocent patriotism of grade school, when heroes such as Betsy Ross, colonial flagmaker to the stars, and Francis Scott Key, lyricist for The Star-Spangled Banner, are venerated with enthusiasm, if not much nuance. But how could it be that the flagpole at Lebanon High …

Editorial: Anti-Trust, Pro Health

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

During an appearance at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center a couple of years ago, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill warned that her agency would carefully scrutinize, on anti-trust grounds, efforts among health care providers to collaborate and coordinate patient care as the Affordable Care Act rolled out. Turns it she …

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so …

Editorial: A Local Bookstore Beats the Odds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Norwich Bookstore and many happy returns. Well, not the sort of returns that involve receipts, refunds and dissatisfied customers; those would be unhappy returns. We refer to the hope that this bookstore, which turned 20 yesterday, will continue to survive — better yet, thrive …

Editorial: A Curious Use of Goverment Power

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans have become accustomed to the government trying to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable, from warrantless wiretapping to torturing terrorism detainees, all in the name of national security. But this week, The New York Times reported on a …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents released that detail its battle to prevent the …

Editorial: Underpowered Coalition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In launching two previous wars in Iraq, the United States assembled formidable coalitions of dozens of countries. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Oman were among the Arab states that deployed substantial ground forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Though derided by some as a “unilateral” U.S. action, …

Editorial: Live and Learn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re all for practical experimentation in campus living, especially if it aims to divert students from beer pong, binge drinking and other problematical, if popular, extracurricular pursuits. Still, new housing arrangements at Dartmouth College give pause. While well meaning and seemingly liberal-minded, some innovative “living learning communities” might …

Editorial: Brown Needs to Call a Different Play

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scott Brown stuck pretty closely to the Republican playbook after winning the party’s U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire last week, excoriating his opponent in this fall’s general election, incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, for all manner of ills, real and imagined, that he attributed to her support of …