Editorials

Editorial: An Appropriate EPA Rule

Friday, March 27, 2015

One can understand why critics of the Obama administration are angry about the so-called mercury rule, an Environmental Protection Agency clean-air regulation that they are asking the Supreme Court to quash. The EPA did not conduct a cost-benefit analysis when it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants, such as mercury, from power plants. When the agency did consider costs, the balance ended up looking good only because the rule would …

Editorial: Secretive Police, and Their Political Enablers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last December, President Obama proposed spending millions of dollars to equip 50,000 police officers across the nation with body cameras as part of an effort to address a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.” The idea is that when encounters between police and the public go awry in disputed circumstances — a situation all …

Editorial: Sunapee’s Victory in a Graceful Defeat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The sports world doesn’t often offer the escape from real-world chicanery that it once did, but there was an exceptionally honest moment in Sullivan County last week. Last Tuesday, members of the Sunapee High School spirit squad — what used to be called a cheerleading team — traveled to Newport to hand over the trophy that had been awarded to them in error …

Editorial: Shoes to Fill in Lebanon

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

As members of a profession that does not make public service any easier — one of our roles is to shine a light on government and sometimes that light is by necessity harsh — we should also give credit where it is due. In Lebanon, two veteran city …

Editorial: Beach of Trust — Increased Thefts of Medical Data

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It is ironic, and deeply troubling, that while laws governing the privacy of medical information have never been tougher, major breaches of that privacy have never been so frequent or so severe. The most recent example is the revelation last month that Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, …

Editorial: Dangerous Air Bags

Monday, March 2, 2015

You would think a company that makes vehicle air bags — a critical safety feature — would go all-out to assure the world that its product is, you know, safe. And if something went terribly wrong, causing this safety product to kill? You’d expect the company to do …

Editorial: Saving the Internet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Anytime David fells Goliath, it is almost by definition news — chiefly because it happens so rarely, and especially when powerful economic interests are on the receiving end of the stone to the forehead. One such unlikely story culminated last week with the adoption by the Federal Communications …

Raises at Wal-Mart

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wal-Mart would have to go a long way to match Henry Ford’s 1913 salary surprise, when he raised the daily wage at his auto plant to a princely $5. Inflation has made that number seem tiny, but at the time, Ford was more than doubling worker pay. Competing …

Editorial: The Cost of Deportations

Friday, February 27, 2015

Julissa Arce personifies a lot about what makes America great — and what’s not so great about its immigration policy. Arce came to the United States from Mexico at age 11 already possessed of brains, ambition and a powerful, relentless work ethic. To support herself as a student …

Editorial: Restricting Compassion in Lebanon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Lebanon City Council will consider this spring adopting zoning amendments that would limit where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located. This is not a purely speculative exercise: One such application is pending with the state Department of Health and Human Services, and representatives of the so-far …

Editorial: Who Loves America Most?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“I know this is a horrible thing to say,’’ former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani began, signaling that he was about to go to the “don’t go there’’ place, as have so many declining grandparents, slightly inebriated …

Editorial: America Incarcerated

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News that the arch-conservative Koch brothers and the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress are collaborating suggests that the reported death of bipartisanship may have been exaggerated. Let’s hope so, because the cause that is bringing these two adversaries together as unlikely allies is compelling: the need for criminal …

Thailand’s Rule by Force

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nine months after staging a coup against a democratically elected government, Thailand’s military has little to show for it. The economy is stagnant, one of the worst performing in Asia. The national “reconciliation” the generals promised is nowhere to be seen: There are hundreds of political prisoners, and …