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Editorial: Hartford’s Code of Conduct Is Unbecoming

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Apparently about the only thing not covered by the Hartford School Board’s 33-point code of conduct for its members is common courtesy. We draw that conclusion based on the board’s recent refusal, on a 3-2 vote, to discuss the provisions of that code when member Paula Nulty requested clarification. The irony is, of course, that the code of conduct in question is intended, among other things, to promote unity and …

Editorial: Merciful Verdict in N.H.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Almost two and a half years have passed since the New Hampshire Legislature decreed that patients with certain kinds of terminal and serious chronic illnesses should be given access to marijuana for therapeutic purposes. Since then, the state has proceeded at a glacial pace to establish the regulatory regime that the legislation contemplated. As a result, it is now projected that it could …

Editorial: On Thanksgiving, Go With Your Gut

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Among the items you might be thankful for today — or not — are the gadgets that stuff us with information. Millions of Americans will be challenged to focus on conversation with other human beings rather than tending to their smartphones, tablets and assorted electronic devices. Over the river of data and through the woods (still analog) to grandmother’s house they go. But …

Editorial: Socializing for Good

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Last week, scores of women gathered at a Lebanon community center to eat hors d’oeuvres, drink wine and especially to hear about the good work of two local nonprofits — Spark!, which helps people with special needs, and Visions for Creative Housing Solutions, based in Enfield. The event, …

Editorial: Opioid Scourge a Top Priority in N.H.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It is testimony to just how acute New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis is that both Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican legislative leaders say addressing it should be the Legislature’s top priority when lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January. “People are dying nearly every day, and we …

Editorial: Crisis Dimensions: Refugees Need More Aid

Monday, November 2, 2015

European governments are gradually moving to impose greater order on the massive and chaotic flow of refugees into their countries. At a meeting last week, leaders of 11 European Union and Balkan countries agreed to set up reception centers for 100,000 people along the main routes being followed …

Editorial: Testing the Limits

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Late last month, in response to growing complaints from teachers, parents and some lawmakers, the Obama administration recommended that public schools limit the number of tests students take and called on Congress to review federal mandates that have turned school districts into testing centers. The announcement was surprising, …

Editorial: Dangers on the Job: Protecting Social Workers

Saturday, October 31, 2015

In the weeks since Lara Sobel, a social worker for the Vermont Department for Children and Families, was gunned down in the parking lot of a state office building as she left work in early August, 85 threats have been made against DCF employees, Commissioner Ken Schatz recently …

Editorial: Budget Truce

Friday, October 30, 2015

The bipartisan budget deal achieves some important objectives. First and foremost, the bill prevents a breach of the federal debt ceiling on Nov. 3, eliminating the threat of a default until March 2017. This should boost business confidence and, possibly, job-creating investment. Second, it takes the federal government …

Editorial: Romney Walks Back the Truth

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Journalist Michael Kinsley is credited with saying that a gaffe occurs “when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” We would amend that formulation slightly to create a second category of verbal misstep: A gaffe is when a politician inadvertently says …

Editorial: Let Sen. McAllister’s Case Play Out

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Leaders of the Vermont Senate are making preparations to expel one of their colleagues, Norm McAllister, a Franklin County Republican, unless he resigns before the Legislature reconvenes in January. Although they apparently are well within their rights to do so, they should proceed with caution, lest in trying …

Editorial: Fighting Cyberthreats

Monday, October 26, 2015

After years of failure to find a consensus on cybersecurity, the Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill that would enable the government and the private sector to share information about malicious threats and respond to them more quickly. The legislation is not going to …

Editorial: Flawed Justice in the Labrie Case

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Owen Labrie sexual assault case has already brought shame not only to him but also to the celebrated prep school he attended, St. Paul’s, in Concord. Now this sordid affair, which attracted widespread and sensational news coverage, threatens to tarnish the reputation of the New Hampshire legal …