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Borderline Scare Tactics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there. It has built more than 600 miles of fencing; installed almost 12,000 underground sensors; and deployed scores of aircraft, drones and boats, to say nothing of an array of other technically advanced surveillance systems that …

Editorial: Hassan for Governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is making the case that a vote for her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein, is a vote to turn back the clock to the bad old days when Bill O’Brien, the once and would-be future speaker of the House, wreaked havoc on the state’s services and its economy. For his part, Havenstein, a former Marine and ex-CEO of a …

Editorial: Reject a Strong Mayor in Claremont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Managing a city and managing a major league baseball team have at least one thing in common: There is always a legion of spectators convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that they could do the job better. In baseball, this second-guessing is largely confined to talk radio. In Claremont this fall, it has manifested itself in a ballot question asking voters if they want …

An Excess Of Inmates

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Exports are generally considered good for a state’s economy, but there are exceptions. A notable one is Vermont’s shameful practice of shipping inmates out of state for incarceration, something that has been going on since the Howard Dean years in the mid-1990s. Currently, nearly 500 Vermont prisoners are …

Editorial: Massaging the Message

Saturday, October 4, 2014

What we have here,’’ said the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke, the 1967 film starring Paul Newman, “is failure to communicate.’’ That phrase could have been a hot Internet meme, those sayings plastered on funny or pointed …

Editorial: The Upside of Carbon Taxes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Where they’ve been tried, the evidence shows, well-designed carbon taxes have succeeded in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. But that doesn’t necessarily end the debate over their effects — nor should it. The next question is whether that success is bought at the expense of jobs and incomes. The answer …

Editorial: The Joys Of Summer

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Before consigning summer 2014 to the dustbin of memory, let’s tie up some loose ends. First, the weather: With the dark season on the near horizon, we’re trying to remember when late summer and early autumn treated the Upper Valley to more lovely weather than they did this …

Editorial: Your App, Yourself; Smartphones Will Watch Over You

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so we are impressed, but naturally wary, about StudentLife, a smartphone application under development by Dartmouth professor Andrew Campbell and researchers including psychiatrists and …

Editorial: Improving Mental Health Services in Vermont

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anyone who thought that the opening of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin this summer meant that the state had finally overcome its shortcomings in providing care to the mentally ill was sadly mistaken, as demonstrated by staff writer Rick Jurgens’ overview in this week’s Sunday …

Untangling A Website

Sunday, September 28, 2014

When Gov. Peter Shumlin and assorted officials announced earlier this month that the state’s clunker of a health insurance website was going into the garage for repairs, the sudden decision to take it off the road was cast as one made proactively to ensure that consumers would have …

Editorial: Dial A For Accident

Saturday, September 27, 2014

If you happen to be driving and reading this right now, put the paper down, pull over, and then, only then, continue reading. Actually, newspapers don’t present a regular threat on the highways, although we are among those who have observed other, unusual driving distractions, such as intensive …

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 …