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Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who are taking a summer break from more serious work, Darth Vader from the Star Wars films is “polling higher than all potential 2016 candidates.” This all began with the work of the FiveThirtyEight blog, which calculated favorability ratings for Star Wars characters, from Luke Skywalker, …

Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well documented, but nine months later key aspects are still not functioning or are functioning poorly. …

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least that is how one might feel after reading a steady diet of disconcerting pieces in …

Editorial: Prostitution’s Real Victims; Rethinking Hartford’s Approach

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prostitution has long been regarded as a “victimless” crime arising from a consensual transaction between buyer and seller. A more nuanced and better founded view has gained traction in recent years — that there are indeed victims in many cases of prostitution and that those victims are the …

Editorial: IRS Inquiry Needs an Independent Investigator

Monday, June 30, 2014

After more than a year of scrutiny, three congressional committees continue to flail away at the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative nonprofit groups without producing any definitive answers to the questions they’ve raised. We worried at …

Editorial: All Quiet in Lebanon, as July 4 Fireworks Fizzle

Sunday, June 29, 2014

John Adams asserted that July 2 was the correct day to celebrate America’s birth, because that was when the Continental Congress first approved Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee’s motion calling for independence. Adams wrote to his wife that July 2 “will be celebrated, as the great anniversary Festival,” …

Editorial: Healthy Trends for Insurance in New Hampshire

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Health care experts have said all along that it will take years to accurately assess whether the Affordable Care Act is succeeding . Given that patience is not now an American virtue, and wait-and-see does not a compelling political (or journalistic) narrative make, their counsel has been largely …

Editorial: A Smart Phone Decision by the Supreme Court

Friday, June 27, 2014

In 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told a university audience that the challenge for the Supreme Court for the next 50 years would be: “How do we adapt old, established rules to new technology?” On Wednesday, …

Editorial: Starving the Bureaucracy; More Cases, Less Money

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Social Security Administration is closing field offices and cutting back services even as demand surges with the wave of baby boom retirements, according to a report issued last week by the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In deciding arbitrarily what field offices to close, the report said, …

Editorial: 50 Years After the Great Lebanon Fire

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The recent Valley News series on the great Lebanon fire of 1964 recalled a time of small, friendly shops, a place “where everyone knew everyone,” an era when life seemed predictable. On June 20 of that year, Lebanon High School alumni would march around the green and locals …

Editorial: Building a Better GOP in Vermont

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vermont Republicans show signs of being an endangered species in a state that is increasingly a Democratic stronghold. The GOP holds only one statewide office and has been reduced to the status of a superminority in both chambers of the Legislature. It was not always thus. Republicans held …

Editorial: Crossing the Border; The Influx of Unaccompanied Minors

Monday, June 23, 2014

It’s hard to say whether the Obama administration’s response to the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children across the U.S. southern border is bureaucratic, hapless or humane. Quite possibly it’s all three. President Barack Obama has no good options, only two overriding and divergent imperatives. First, …

Editorial: Hartford Brushes Off Fluoridation Science

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Those curious to witness what life is like among those who are unmoved by contemporary scientific thinking need not travel to states where many regard evolution as heresy, or to the Republican-controlled U.S. House, where global warming is regarded with skepticism. A visit to Hartford will do. There, …