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Editorials

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 accounts, Martinez’s speech on Sunday delivered everything fans were yearning for. We hope, though, that parents of young baseball players — and, …

Editorial: Hackers Vs. Automobiles

Monday, July 27, 2015

The article on the Wired website last week was like something out of a Hollywood thriller. As writer Andy Greenberg sped down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, the radio started blasting hip hop, the air conditioning unexpectedly turned on, the wipers activated — and then the SUV switched itself into neutral. Or rather, hackers on laptops miles away switched it into neutral. …

A Soiled Symbol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Twin State residents of 150 years ago would have had no mixed feelings about the display of a Confederate battle flag after so many sons and fathers had been killed or maimed in what they called “The War of the Rebellion.” It would have been treasonous to them, villainy. But all these years later, the meaning of the flag has become muddled, at …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that things have changed decisively and will never be the same again. Usually, these are times of national trauma — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy …

What Fast Track Means

Monday, June 29, 2015

By agreeing to put new trade agreements on a fast track, Congress accomplished something far greater than critics of the legislation acknowledge. Since the last fast-track law expired in 2007, the Obama administration hasn’t been able to close any major deals. Now the United States will be able …

Editorial: Let’s Make a Deal in N.H.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Having reached a budget impasse with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Legislature has adopted, and the governor has signed, a six-month “continuing resolution” to keep the state running when the new fiscal year begins July 1. “I would want to assure the public that New …

Editorial: The Man Who Dreamed Up the Pink Flamingos

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Upper Valley and many other locales would be bereft of flamingos if it weren’t for Donald Featherstone. Thanks to him, the world is a more colorful place — specifically, a tropical shade of pink. Featherstone, who died …

Editorial: Invest in America the Beautiful

Friday, June 26, 2015

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesties? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes …

Editorial: The GOP, the Stars and Bars, and Money

Thursday, June 25, 2015

So, all it took was nine members of a black church in Charleston to be gunned down for South Carolina’s governor to decide that the Confederate battle flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds? And for Republican …

Editorial: America’s Baby Boomlet

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The baby bust may finally be over. Preliminary figures indicate that births rose in the United States in 2014 for the first time in seven long years. Only time will tell whether this heralds a new baby boom or only a baby bubble, but it is good news …

Editorial: The Price of Efficiency

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

There are needs and wants, as they say, and among the greatest needs in the North Country is heat in winter. For many residents, you can add the word affordable. Heating oil has been crushingly expensive the last couple of winters and electric rates roughly doubled this past …

Editorial: A Senseless String of Tragedies

Monday, June 22, 2015

“Undescribable.” “Unfathomable.” “Unspeakable.” “Beyond incomprehensible.” Charleston officials struggled last Thursday to find words to describe the shooting at a historic African- American church in which nine people were killed. They were not alone. Much of America was grappling …

Editorial: Transparency Needed at HCRS

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Speculating about others’ motives is a risky undertaking, so we’re hesitant to hazard a guess about why Allen Dougherty, the former board president of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, chose to disclose that the organization had made arrangements to tuck away money in deferred compensation …