Editorials

Editorial: Yes, Guns Do Kill People

Monday, August 31, 2015

America’s ritualized response to gun violence is no more comforting for being so familiar. The initial burst of horror. The ricochet of blame. The benumbed kin struggling to understand why guns are so readily available to people who are dangerous, reckless or disturbed. There are peculiarities to this latest incident, in which two young journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were killed and a woman was injured last Wednesday in …

Editorial: Managing Change in Hartford, Lebanon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This month marked the changing of the management guard in two of the Upper Valley’s biggest communities, with Dennis Luttrell being introduced as Lebanon’s new city manager and Hunter Rieseberg, longtime town manager in Hartford, abruptly resigning. Luttrell, 65, has big shoes to fill in succeeding Greg Lewis, whose calm, accessible and respectful management style won the admiration of city councilors and the …

Editorial: Bottled Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 29, 2015

There are legendary stories of old-time football coaches who denied water to players practicing in scorching heat to toughen them up. Real men don’t get heat stroke, after all. That school of thought, built on grit and perhaps repeated concussions, is thankfully passe in an age when many exercisers wouldn’t even jog across the street without sipping from a water bottle. Americans drink …

Editorial: America’s Enemies List

Saturday, August 8, 2015

For decades after World War II, Americans depended on at least one certainty: the identity of the nation’s top enemy. Mao’s mammoth army seemed threatening, if distant, but in the end there was no contest — the Soviet Union was the republic’s enemy number one. When Ronald Reagan …

Editorial: The Value of Police Videos

Thursday, August 6, 2015

If, as they say, every picture tells a story, the video narrative of police interactions with black people that has unfolded in recent months must be an eye-opener for white Americans who have for many years discounted allegations of pervasive, race-based brutality. From Cincinnati to North Charleston, S.C., …

Editorial: A Lesson in Language and Politics

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Many a family has sent a young person off to college only to be confronted at a semster break by a one-person truth squad. Then come denunciations of the parents’ politics/values/outrageous lack of composting. Generally, the sharp sword of Truth — yes, with a capital T — is …

Editorial: Keeping Faith With Sanders

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In the age of gridlock, politics is less the art of the possible than the art of the improbable. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in the rise of Bernie Sanders from an obscure small-state senator to a prophet of populism drawing huge crowds on the 2016 …

Editorial: Save Disability Insurance Program

Monday, August 3, 2015

By this time next year, a crucial federal safety-net program could be out of cash, or almost out of cash. We refer to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which paid benefits to 9 million disabled workers (and 2 …

Editorial: In My Backyard? Maybe

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — is the derogatory acronym applied to neighbors’ knee-jerk opposition to worthwhile development projects that they would not object to if located somewhere else. As with many caricatures, there’s a pinch of truth in it, along with a big dollop of …

Editorial: Seuss in the News

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It’s good news for children, and those who read to them, that a lost Dr. Seuss work has been rediscovered, and that contains nothing like the unsettling revelation of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman — that saintly Atticus Finch, at least in this imagining, was something of …

Editorial: Ethics in Vermont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When Gov. Peter Shumlin finally came out unequivocally in favor of creating a state ethics commission last week, his spokesman told The Associated Press that the timing was not related to potential conflicts of interest that have surfaced recently involving current and former members of his administration and …

Editorial: Vermont Cuts Benefit for the Disabled

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some readers may have noted sharply contrasting stories in one edition of the Valley News last week. “Dartmouth Sets Donation Record,’’ said one headline, and the other, “Vermont Families See Benefit Cuts.” The money-raising prowess of an elite nonprofit educational institution is a discussion for another day, but …

Editorial: Seasons Never End for Young Athletes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When it came to this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the most dominant and entertaining pitcher to perform for the Boston Red Sox in many a long year — maybe ever. And by all …