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Editorial: No Margin of Error for Vermont’s Sex Offender Registry

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lawmakers in Vermont are reportedly trying to determine just how accurate the information on the state’s online sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ street addresses are added. The answer is obvious: Close doesn’t count when it comes to people’s reputations and perhaps their physical safety; “close enough” cannot be the standard for accuracy. At issue is a 2009 law that made the addition of street addresses to the …

Editorial: Vermont’s State Dog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

While we don’t practice pack journalism as a rule, we can’t resist commenting on a bill to name the beagle the state dog of Vermont. Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans, has introduced S.25, which would make the beagle top dog in the Green Mountain State effective July 1. “I have a bunch of constituents who are avid hunters and beagle owners, and they are …

Editorial: ‘Mr. Cub’ and God’s Light

Monday, January 26, 2015

Generally speaking, we don’t hold with the idea of erecting statues to people who are still living. It somehow seems a bit presumptuous, or at least premature. We make an exception, though, for Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs legend who died last Friday at age 83. The statue of him outside of Wrigley Field, the cathedral of daytime baseball, was dedicated in 2008, …

Editorial: The Press Under Duress Around the World

Thursday, January 1, 2015

If 2014 seemed like a particularly dangerous year for journalists, well, appearances are not deceiving. Not only were Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State terrorists after months of torturous captivity, but also their lesser-known colleagues from lesser-known nations have been murdered, kidnapped, assaulted and …

Editorial: What America Needs to Hear From Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It now appears that Sen. Bernie Sanders is edging ever closer to a presidential campaign, with a decision due by March. Unlikely as it seems in the current political climate for a self-described independent socialist from Vermont to actually win in 2016, we hope he takes a shot …

Editorial: The Plastic in the Seas Around Us

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Inflation has affected numbers and their ability to impress. A dollar tip draws a yawn. A $100 trip to the supermarket doesn’t get a family through the week. A thousand dollars won’t buy the latest and greatest TV. Being a millionaire wouldn’t get you into Who’s Who Among …

Editorial: A Golden Opportunity to Fix Nation’s Finances

Monday, December 29, 2014

D espite a host of financial fears, the dollar is doing pretty well — relative to the rest of the global economy, at least. That’s no excuse, however, for policymakers to sit back and relax. We’ve got an opportunity to right the financial underpinnings of the economy before …

Editorial: Fairness and FairPoint

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The longer the current strike against FairPoint Communications drags on, the more ironic the company’s name seems: Whatever point the company is trying to make, it hardly appears fair to its workers, with whom it refuses to communicate meaningfully at the bargaining table. In fact, its unilateral imposition …

Editorial: The Welcome Decline of the Death Penalty

Friday, December 26, 2014

The death penalty has had a long run in America, but that run may not last forever. Though it’s not on life support, it’s definitely in serious condition. A form of punishment that was once widely used and highly popular has lost much of its allure. So far …

A Cup of Good Cheer

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It is, or soon will be, Christmas Eve, when readers are presumably more interested in good cheer than the editorial topics that consume us most of the year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or sidestep the Yuletide juggernaut, a happy day and silent night should be welcome. So rather …

Editorial: Single-Payer Goes Bust in Vermont

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has now conclusively demonstrated that he can read the handwriting on the wall just as well as the next guy, confirming last week the worst-kept secret in Montpelier: that the push for a universal, publicly financed single-payer health care system was going to be …

Editorial: The O’Brien Rebellion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t bother buying New Hampshire Democrats a Christmas present this year. The one they received in 2010 in the form of Bill O’Brien is the gift that keeps on giving. That year, O’Brien, a Republican state representative from Mont Vernon, was elected speaker of the New Hampshire House. …

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not the best — sometimes intelligence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Consider the humiliation of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor said to …