Editorials

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not the best — sometimes intelligence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Consider the humiliation of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor said to be one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was pilloried by a congressional committee recently for his videotaped comments …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold and possibly controversial stand, but according to a Washington Post story published in Tuesday’s Valley News, research indicates that fully a third of Americans get less than seven hours a night on weekdays. This is mainly because so-called …

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, in which Chick-fil-A of Atlanta, with some 1,850 fast-food restaurants and over $5 billion in …

Aging Gracefully?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Participants at the Tri-State Roundtable on Aging, held last week in Portsmouth, did not beat around the old bush. Rapidly aging populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, conferees noted, present a formidable challenge for local and state governments. The trend will have significant implications for health care, …

Editorial: Put Up or Shut Up on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a guy who was finally fulfilling a promise he first made more than six years ago, President Obama didn’t seem too happy about it. Maybe that’s because he knows his plan to defer deportations for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, outlined in Thursday night’s speech, is a …

Editorial: Speaker O’Brien, Round Two

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“You don’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore,’’ groused the losing candidate in the 1962 California governor’s race, in what he called his “last press conference.’’ Who knew that the best, and worst, of Richard Nixon was yet to come? We were reminded of the rise and …

Editorial: Is Scott Milne Overplaying His Hand?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of the most notable things about Republican Scott Milne’s campaign for governor of Vermont this fall was that he didn’t seem to have any burning desire to actually be governor. It struck many observers that Milne, a little-known and untested candidate, was content to score some points …

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in …

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading …

Editorial: With the ACA, It Pays to Shop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Round 2 of the Affordable Care Act is now underway amid considerable uncertainty, both short- and long-term. So what else is new? The most immediate question about the 2015 open enrollment period, as staff writer Rick Jurgens reported Saturday, is whether the websites used by individuals to buy …

Editorial: More Women in Congress

Monday, November 17, 2014

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the midterm elections produced one incontrovertible fact — there are more women in Congress than ever before. That doesn’t mean it’s time to break the sisterhood sweaters out of mothballs. Though almost 20 percent of the House and Senate …

Editorial: ‘Can-Do’ Republicans

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In recent photographs, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, soon to be majority leader of the new Republican-controlled Senate, resembles nothing so much as a bespectacled chipmunk whose grin — or is it a smirk? — strongly suggests that he just ate the cat. Perhaps he did. Certainly a …