Editorials

Editorial: The Bee Problem

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has a plan to deal with the massive number of bee deaths. But this might be a problem that biotechnology will ultimately have …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use by Hartford residents of QLLA facilities — including Quechee Green, the ski area, the polo field, the golf courses and Lake Pinneo. The purported reason for this spectacularly ill-timed decision is the reluctance of town officials to formalize …

Editorial: Supercomputer Recipes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

An editorial could some day be authored by a computer, but not yet. Ours are written by humans for the time being, although we could imagine typing in keywords and phrases — Norwich bandstand, outrage, infrastructure, campaign finance, Founding Fathers, deflated footballs — and letting a computer finish the job. But as of yet we are not feeling threatened by Watson, the IBM …

Editorial: Sanders Joins the Race

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Welcome to the party, Bernie Sanders. By “party,” we refer not only to the 2016 presidential campaign, which he joined last week, but also to the fact that the two-term U.S. senator from Vermont is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. That’s significant. It signals that Sanders, an …

Fight Night: What to Look for if You’re Watching

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tonight’s welterweight title fight in Las Vegas between arguably the two best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., is being billed as the biggest in more than a generation — perhaps since Ali …

Editorial: Hippie Days Are Here Again

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Consider us pleased — dare we say stoked — that the Vermont Historical Society is undertaking a two-year study of the 1970s hippie movement in Vermont. Don’t trust anyone under 30 — or 40, for that matter — to understand the times that drew young people back to …

Editorial: Weak Arguments Against Gay Marriage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage illustrated a perhaps underappreciated benefit of bringing such a momentous question before the justices: It enabled both sides to present their best arguments, at length, in a setting that guaranteed they would be thoroughly tested …

Editorial: A Toxic Stew in Baltimore

Friday, May 1, 2015

A city that has lost a third of its population in a half-century; where police have earned notoriety for abusive, vicious and brutal community interactions; where homicide, drug crimes, teenage pregnancy, high school truancy, poverty and joblessness are endemic in some inner-city neighborhoods — it’s not hard to …

Editorial: The Tsarnaev Sentence - Death Penalty Won’t Bring Healing

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A federal jury in Boston is now weighing the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted earlier this month of all 30 charges against him for his role in carrying out the horrendous 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in which three people were killed and 264 others wounded. After …

Editorial: Cornish School Board Overrides Voters

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Cornish School Board is having a bad year. We all have them, but there’s a time to acknowledge it and to change course. That time has come in Cornish. When Cornish residents voted 2-1 in favor of all-day kindergarten at the school district meeting in March, and …

Editorial: The Drones of War

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama’s extraordinary revelation last week that two hostages — an American and an Italian — had been accidentally killed in January during a counterterrorism operation in Pakistan has focused renewed attention on the shadow war being conducted …

Editorial: Poor-Mouthing in Hartford

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford officials are warning that the decision by voters at Town Meeting to effectively cut $220,000 from next year’s proposed $15. 7 million municipal budget has set in motion a downward budgetary spiral that could culminate in coming years in such disasters as crumbling infrastructure, unplowed roads, and …

Editorial: Tight Squeeze In Coach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you’ve flown in coach lately, you know how it feels to be a foot in a shoe that’s a size too small. And attention passengers, things are getting worse. This newspaper recently ran a column by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times in which he reported …